His Excellency and Mrs Hurley visited RIDBC

On Tuesday 20 March, 2018, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), at North Rocks.

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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.


This Mother’s Day, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating inspirational mums of children with vision or hearing loss, like Brookvale mother, Lisa Matousek.

At just three months of age, Lisa’s daughter Mia was diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in both ears.)

“When Mia was born her ear canals were underdeveloped, preventing sound from getting through,” said Lisa.

Soon after a visit to a paediatric audiologist, Mia and her mother, Lisa’s journey began with RIDBC.


Children with vision or hearing loss at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) recently received a special visit from Taronga Zoo Mobile.

The students from RIDBC Alice Betteridge School and RIDBC VisionEd Preschool enjoyed a unique sensory experience when the zoo came to life in their classroom. There were a variety of Australian animals - including Spot the snake, possums, turtles, echidnas and Australia’s largest stick insect.


Five families of children who are blind or have vision loss recently received a visit from some farmyard friends at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

The families were staying on site with RIDBC as part of an intensive residential 'Braille Week'. This program is held as part of the RIDBC Teleschool service, which supports families living in regional and remote areas of Australia using high quality videoconferencing technology.


RIDBC is using NSW Seniors Week, the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, to let the community know that there is support available for those with hearing loss.