Minister Ajaka meets Lachlan, who is blind and learning to use a brailler, and his mum, Janine, at RIDBC's Dot's Place playgroup copy

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is welcoming a visit from The Honourable John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services, on Thursday 26 November.

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RIDBC Darwin named charity partner for Carols by Candlelight

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has been named charity partner for the 2015 Darwin Carols by Candlelight event in The Gardens, 6:30pm on Sunday 6 December.

This annual community initiative has this year partnered with RIDBC Darwin, a local provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss.


Victoria’s Early Education Program for Hearing Impaired Children (EEP) unanimously passed a special resolution at yesterday’s EEP Annual General Meeting, announcing its intention to work with Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) to expand their service offering.

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On World Sight Day, Thursday 8 October, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is launching a new app to help children with vision loss and additional needs develop the sign language they need to communicate.

The 'Adapting Signs' app, developed by a team of vision loss and technology specialists at RIDBC, helps children with vision loss and significant developmental or intellectual impairments, to develop the key signs they need to communicate with their families or carers.

Victoria is thriving with her cochlear implant

RIDBC is reminding those who are struggling to hear even with hearing aids, that a cochlear implant could restore their hearing.

Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants don't just make sounds louder. They are a complex device that can mimic the hearing function of the inner ear.

"If you wear hearing aids, but you still struggle to hear in crowded places, find it difficult to hear on the phone or are no longer able to hear children's voices clearly, then a cochlear implant could be for you," said RIDBC Clinical Operations Manager, Eleanor McKendrick.

RIDBC student, Julian, is now studying a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at university

RIDBC School Support Student, Julian, has been awarded a medal of excellence by RIDBC for his academic achievement in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Julian, who has vision loss, received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.85. He attended St Luke’s Grammar and received support from RIDBC School Support Service, which places specialist RIDBC support teachers into schools to provide students with vision or hearing loss with in-class assistance and strategies for accessing the curriculum.