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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Jean Corfield

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) would like to thank its more than 250 registered volunteers during National Volunteer Week, May 14 – 20. The volunteering program at RIDBC plays a vital role in ensuring that RIDBC staff can continue to deliver services to children living with hearing or vision loss both locally, and across Australia. “Volunteering is vital to RIDBC – it is central to our culture and to our ability to provide services. RIDBC’s volunteers generously give their time both at the North Rocks campus and at our other sites. Their contribution is invaluable...

Gina with her classmates and teacher

Year 1 students from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School are excited to begin integrating into a mainstream school as part of RIDBC’s Integration Program for deaf students. RIDBC Garfield Barwick School caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who have hearing loss, and who are learning to listen and speak with the assistance of hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.

Isan with his teacher, Melina Williams

Seven-year-old Isam, who is deaf and attends the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Thomas Pattison School, has impressed his teachers with a reading age well above average for his year. Isam was born profoundly deaf and was ineligible for both hearing aids and cochlear implants. Despite this, his passion for language has seen him excel to the reading level of an 11 year old.

Terry Meskin and Keira Barry

A playgroup at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Matilda Rose Centre, Waverley, is helping four young girls with hearing loss and additional special needs learn language and build confidence interacting with their peers. Launched in February and held weekly, RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre staff matched the girls in the playgroup according to their ages, abilities and interests. In the small group they can build the relationships they need to develop the language and social skills necessary to prepare for mainstream school.

Chris Rehn, James Pittar and Reuben Mourad

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has raised over $50,000 through the Splash for Cash season, with the main event held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) last Saturday 24 March. The event saw 85 swimmers digging in to swim more than 5,670 laps of the Olympic pool, and fundraising over $25,000 for RIDBC. Blind marathon swimmer, and Splash for Cash ambassador, James Pittar swam 252 laps on the day.