Mikaylah DeGennaro with RIDBC Garfield Barwick School teacher Ruhi Malhotra.

Eight-year-old, Mikaylah DeGennaro, is ready to start mainstream schooling with support from RIDBC. It is an exciting time for parents, Sue and Corrado, who are grateful for the support they have received.

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Dr Norm Erber and Professor Greg Leigh

RIDBC Renwick Centre’s Conjoint Associate Professor, Dr Norm Erber, has launched his latest book, ‘Auditory Communication for Deaf Children’, at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Renwick Centre, Monday 14 November. The book is a practical resource for teachers, parents, and health professionals seeking to understand the best way to communicate with a child who is hearing impaired.

Professor Greg Leigh

Professor Greg Leigh of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has won the inaugural Griffith University Arts, Education & Law Alumnus of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to the education of deaf children both nationally and internationally. Having received his first degree in special Education from Griffith University, Professor Leigh has gone on to be actively engaged in research and postgraduate training for teachers and other professionals engaged in the education of children with impaired hearing.

Cutting the cake to celebrate

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Hunter Centre has celebrated 20 years of service in the region with a week of 20th Anniversary celebrations. As part of the week, past and present students, families, volunteers, and the local community were invited to enjoy an Open Day at RIDBC Hunter, with an opportunity to take a look around the Centre to gain an insight into the wonderful work that is done there to help children with a hearing or vision impairment.

RIDBC Renwick Centre auditorium

One of the world’s foremost educators for students who are vision impaired, Dr Cay Holbrook, will be the keynote speaker at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre, 27-28 October. Dr Holbrook will address 90 Teachers of Vision Impairment from across Australia at a conference hosted by RIDBC Renwick Centre. Those attending will leave with a greater understanding of issues and strategies for teaching braille reading and writing.

Ben, Dean, Joshua and Jenny

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has held an intensive Braille Week for blind and vision impaired children and their families from around Australia. RIDBC Teleschool works with children and their families via in-home videoconferencing across Australia to give children the skills they need to access future education and employment opportunities.