Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Annual Report 2016


(L-R) Lucy, Aidan, Ali, Jessica and Claire are just
some of the many children and adults with vision
or hearing loss supported by RIDBC
Caption: (L-R) Lucy, Aidan, Ali, Jessica and Claire are just some of the many children and adults with vision or hearing loss supported by RIDBC

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.

Our range of specialist services are unique in Australia and 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.

Our Mission and Objectives

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

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 Services

RIDBC provides specialist vision and hearing services for children, adults, families and professionals, including:

Our History

RIDBC was established in 1860, 20 years before education became compulsory for sighted and hearing children, and more than 80 years before school attendance became compulsory for children who were deaf or blind.

Originally located at Liverpool Street in Sydney, in the early 1960s RIDBC relocated to North Rocks, where its main site remains today. Over the past decade, RIDBC’s footprint has Striving for quality Child, adult and family focused Respectful to all people Sharing knowledge OUR VALUES Innovative Ethical continued to expand, with services now being provided from 18 sites across Australia. We also support people in regional and remote areas of Australia using high-quality video conferencing technology.

In 2014, RIDBC acquired Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC), to provide Australia’s largest and most comprehensive cochlear implant program for people of all ages. This acquisition represented a major milestone in RIDBC’s evolution, resulting in the provision of cochlear implant, therapy and rehabilitation services to both children and adults for the first time in our 156 year history.

Over the coming years, RIDBC will go through a substantial evolution as we implement our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan; continuing to respond to the introduction of the Federal Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Australia; while remaining focused on continuously improving our outcomes and service accessibility to achieve sustainability and growth for RIDBC and for the children, adults, families and professionals we serve.

Our Values