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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On World Sight Day, Thursday 8 October, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is launching a new app to help children with vision loss and additional needs develop the sign language they need to communicate.

The 'Adapting Signs' app, developed by a team of vision loss and technology specialists at RIDBC, helps children with vision loss and significant developmental or intellectual impairments, to develop the key signs they need to communicate with their families or carers.

Victoria is thriving with her cochlear implant

RIDBC is reminding those who are struggling to hear even with hearing aids, that a cochlear implant could restore their hearing.

Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants don't just make sounds louder. They are a complex device that can mimic the hearing function of the inner ear.

"If you wear hearing aids, but you still struggle to hear in crowded places, find it difficult to hear on the phone or are no longer able to hear children's voices clearly, then a cochlear implant could be for you," said RIDBC Clinical Operations Manager, Eleanor McKendrick.

RIDBC student, Julian, is now studying a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at university

RIDBC School Support Student, Julian, has been awarded a medal of excellence by RIDBC for his academic achievement in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Julian, who has vision loss, received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.85. He attended St Luke’s Grammar and received support from RIDBC School Support Service, which places specialist RIDBC support teachers into schools to provide students with vision or hearing loss with in-class assistance and strategies for accessing the curriculum.

Canberra father, Dan Backhouse, Father’s Day will be extra special this year with support from SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, a service of RIDBC.

For Canberra father, Dan Backhouse, Father’s Day will be extra special this year with support from SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, a service of RIDBC.

At just two weeks of age, Dan’s daughter Bella was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears.


Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Rockie Woofit Preschool held an early Father’s Day celebration on Tuesday 1 September 2015, with a morning tea for dads.

RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool was purpose built to cater for the needs of children with hearing loss. The morning was a great opportunity for fathers to meet and spend time with other parents and to see what the children have been working on in class.

“We put on a morning tea as a way of celebrating our dads and how special they are to us!” said RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool Director, Julie Kaney.