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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Graphic of front page of RIDBC’s NDIS services website

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to people with disability, their families and carers. The focus of the NDIS is on giving children, adults and families, choice and control over their disability support. This is provided through individualised funding packages that assist children and adults to achieve their goals.


Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the wonderful contribution of our volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week 11 – 17 May. 

In 2014 volunteers contributed over 26,000 hours of work for RIDBC, with over 945 people volunteering through RIDBC fundraising clubs and committees and another 250 volunteers contributing to RIDBC’s clinical and educational services or in administrative positions.

RIDBC has recognised Aydan for academic achievement in the HSC.

Aydan has been awarded a medal of excellence by Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) for his academic achievement in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

RIDBC Teleschool Consultant, Kylie, with Morgan who is learning to develop her tactile sensitivity so that she can better explore her world.

Morgan is four years old and is blind. She accesses RIDBC Teleschool from her home in regional NSW and is being supported to learn braille and develop the skills she will need to succeed in school. 

When Morgan was four months old, parents Belinda and Danny began to suspect that she couldn’t see. 


Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) presented ‘Technology advances in the disability sector’ at the Rotary District 9685 Conference, 23 February 2014.

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, was one of three RIDBC staff members who presented to 500 Rotarians about the ways in which mainstream technology is making a significant and positive impact on the lives of people with a sensory impairment.