Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia’s largest non-government provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, their families, and the professionals who support them.

The range of specialist services available at RIDBC is unique in Australia and benefits thousands of children, adults, families and professionals each year.

These services are delivered by a broad group of highly qualified professionals including teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, orthoptists, psychologists, social workers, technology consultants, physiotherapists, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons and more. Using in-person sessions combined with modern technology, RIDBC connects children, adults and families across Australia to the expert education, therapy, cochlear implant, and vision or hearing support services they need.

As a charity, RIDBC relies significantly on fundraising and community support to continue to make a difference in the lives of people with vision or hearing loss.

RIDBC provides:

  • Early intervention programs for children from birth
  • Five preschool programs for children aged three to five years based on a reverse integration model, and support in mainstream preschools
  • Three schools as well as a school support service for children with hearing or vision loss who attend mainstream schools
  • A regional or remote service where families and children are receiving services via videoconference
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Assessment and planning services, including orthoptics and audiology
  • SCIC Cochlear Implant Program - Australia's largest cochlear implant program for children and adults of all ages
  • Outreach programs in Indigenous communities
  • A world class research program and postgraduate courses for professionals working with children with vision or hearing loss
  • A professional development program for professionals working with children with vision or hearing loss

RIDBC Objectives

  • To provide high quality and innovative education and other services to achieve the best outcomes for current and future generations with hearing and/or vision loss throughout Australia.
  • To engage in research, information dissemination, professional preparation and continuing staff development for teachers and associated professionals in the field of sensory disability.
  • To recruit the best people we can, engage them in challenging work, and continually develop their skills and knowledge so that they can perform to the best of their ability.
  • To provide sufficient funding from diverse sources to have maximum impact on the mission of RIDBC.

Our Mission

To provide quality and innovative services, to achieve the best outcomes for current and future generations of Australians with vision and/or hearing loss.

Our Values

In everything we do, we are always…

  • Ethical
  • Innovative
  • Striving for High Quality
  • Respectful to all People
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • Child & Family Focussed