Layelle with her mum and sister

In one of the most diverse and multicultural communities in Australia, the team at RIDBC Penrith are experienced in working with multilingual families. They regularly partner with experienced interpreters to provide services in the families’ first language, without compromising on quality of service or outcomes.

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cochlear implants have allowed Barbara to hear better and be part of what’s going on

Despite having a hearing loss from birth, Barb Haynes' hearing loss went undiagnosed for the first five years of her life, and her difficulty with speech was attributed to her being 'a quiet child.'

Brad with one of his daughters

In his late twenties, Brad Hiscock was living the dream of many young Australians; living and working in London. Working at iconic retailer, Harrod's, Brad recalls London fondly, as a time when he socialised often and enjoyed a carefree life.

Olivia's implant changed her life dramatically

Olivia Sharkey was born profoundly deaf in her right ear. No medical reason could be determined for her hearing loss, and with perfect hearing in her left ear, it was decided that no hearing supports were required.

Dianne's cochlear implant has made such a huge difference to her life

Recently retired, Dianne McGowan has had a long career working to achieve something close to her heart – equal employment opportunity for women with a disability. In 2018, Dianne was nominated for the Lesley Hall Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural National Awards for Disability Leadership.

Arlo's switch on moment was fantastic for the family

For children with hearing loss, early intervention is crucial to speech development, and for two-year-old Arlo Gleeson, access to a local service in her home town of Port Macquarie has her shining.