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16/10/2018
RIDBC Audiologist Elise Coombs (left) with Port Macquarie resident and cochlear implant recipient Marianne Kilmurray.

In a first for the state of NSW, RIDBC have partnered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District to provide end-to-end cochlear implant services at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and the newly refurbished RIDBC Port Macquarie centre.

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03/09/2018
Eric with his daughter Sora, who has vision impairment.
Seventeen-month old Sora loves music; give her a drum or a toy piano, and she will be in her element, or play a beat, and she’ll dance. Her talents don’t stop at music, either. Sora, whose name means ‘sky’ in Japanese, is learning both English and Japanese, languages that are used in her family – and is excelling at both. 
 
“We’ll say something in Japanese, and she’ll respond in English. We’re so amazed by Sora!” said proud dad, Eric. 
 
24/07/2018
Fergus with his parents

Nineteen year old Fergus, attended Newington College. He received support from RIDBC School Support Service, which brings RIDBC support teachers into schools to provide students who have vision or hearing loss with the in-class assistance and strategies they need to access the curriculum.

24/07/2018
Paul with his RIDBC School Support Teacher, Daniel Noort

The recipient of the award, 19 year old Paul, graduated from The King’s School with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 98.65.

25/06/2018
Dr Gentle received her AO for her distinguished service to people who are blind or have low vision

Dr Frances Gentle AO was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to those with vision loss in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

19/06/2018
Professor S Bruce Dowton, Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor with Mr Sean P Wareing, RIDBC President.

In a first for Macquarie University and Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), a new partnership has been established to foster research and professional studies in the field of education for people with sensory disabilities.

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