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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Jacob with Caren Mathews-Lane

Botany resident Peter Harrold will be raising money for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) by running the Sydney Morning Herald half marathon on May 15. Peter is an avid runner, competing in the City to Surf for fifteen years in a row, and running the Sydney Marathon in 2001. Peter’s wife, Caren Mathews-Lane, is a speech pathologist who works at RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre where she teaches children who have a significant hearing impairment.

Major Edwin and the cadets

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has celebrated ANZAC day in a ceremony catering to the sensory impairments of its students. The ceremony was held at RIDBC Alice Betteridge School in North Rocks, where students aged between four and 18 who have a significant hearing and/or vision impairment, as well as an intellectual disability, are enrolled.

John Berryman, Louise Flitcroft and Chris Rehn

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has received a cheque for $248,015 from The Pathfinders Auxiliary. The Committee, which is a voluntary fundraising committee generously supported by Qantas, has been raising money solely for RIDBC since 1967. This year’s contribution brings the total amount raised to almost $6 million over this time.

Boy with baby chicken

On Monday 28 March, the children at The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in the Hunter welcomed the Kindifarm to the preschool. A variety of farm animals provided a special language learning opportunity for the children with a vision or hearing impairment who attend the preschool. RIDBC Hunter Director, Tracey Johnston said the children love to see the animals and to pat and feed them in a way that is non-threatening or overwhelming.

John Berryman with a student

The not for profit industry employs 8% of the Australian workforce and is an ever expanding and challenging sector as the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) CEO, John Berryman, understands well. Starting at RIDBC as Manager of Computerised Braille Production in 1978, Berryman’s first achievement was to successfully establish the Southern Hemisphere’s first Computerised Braille Production Unit.