RIDBC School Support Students (Vision Impairment) with their support teachers.

Each year, NASA shares their US Space and Rocket education Centre in Alabama with a group of students with vision impairment from around the world for the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS).

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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.


Cochlear implant services in Port Macquarie will be expanded, following an announcement by The Hon. Jillian Skinner, MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research and The Hon. Troy Grant, MP, Deputy Premier, in Port Macquarie today.