The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has announced the appointment to the Board of renowned cochlear implant surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor Catherine Birman. As a prominent Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and in her capacity as Deputy Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC), A/Prof Birman has worked closely with RIDBC staff and families for many years.
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has joined the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC) in providing vital services to children who have hearing impairment on the Northern Coast of NSW. RIDBC will join the Centre established by SCIC in Lismore. This will provide an integrated service for families who have children with hearing loss and are learning to listen and speak through cochlear implants or hearing aids.
Westfield North Rocks has treated the students of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)’s Alice Betteridge School to a morning of visits from ‘Crocodile Encounters’ and Santa Claus. The ‘Crocodile Encounters’ reptile show gave students the opportunity to get up close with a tortoise, crocodile and snake. This was followed by a visit from Santa who arrived to wish each child a merry Christmas and to give each of them a toy.
The Westfield team has fundraised over $12,000 for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) by participating in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The generous cheque was last week presented to RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn. RIDBC was one of the charities elected by the team of 111 Westfield employees, which raised $6,126.40 for RIDBC from the run. This amount was matched by Westfield itself, bringing the total to over $12,000.
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is using technology to level the playing field for children with vision or hearing loss, bringing them one step closer to being defined by their achievements not by their disability. Harnessing mainstream technology such as computers with voice output, iPads and iPhones, RIDBC is providing children with the skills they need to access the school curriculum on equal footing with their hearing and sighted peers.