RIDBC Audiologist Elise Coombs (left) with Port Macquarie resident and cochlear implant recipient Marianne Kilmurray.

In a first for the state of NSW, RIDBC have partnered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District to provide end-to-end cochlear implant services at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and the newly refurbished RIDBC Port Macquarie centre.

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35 Teachers of the Deaf from around the State came to RIDBC Renwick Centre for the 2012 Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf (ITOD) Conference this month.

Children were able to touch and listen to different sea creatures

RIDBC Nepean had an Under the Sea experience from Rangers on the Run. The Under the Sea encounter will provide the students with an opportunity build language in a fun, interactive environment. “For children with hearing or vision loss who attend RIDBC Nepean, having the opportunity to touch and interact with real animals is an integral part of their educational program,” said RIDBC Nepean Preschool Director, Melissa Sangalang.


Year One and Two students at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School have written a new ending to The Three Little Pigs as part of their Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) curriculum focus on ‘shelter’ and their Creative Arts (Drama and Visual Arts) studies. The students were not happy about the traditional ending to the fairy tale, where the wolf climbs down the chimney of the brick house to be boiled in a pot of water. Instead, in their revision, the wolf apologises for his being a bully and asks if they can all be friends.

Casey Sealy with his son, Josh, setting up his art exhibition at RIDBC

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has received a donation of more than $11,000 from the proceeds of an art exhibition of works by Kasey Sealy, hosted by Ku-ring-gai Lantern Club and held at RIDBC, North Rocks, 20 - 22 July. Kasey Sealy generously donated a third of all sales to RIDBC, with nine paintings, four bronze statues and a raffle contributing to the more than $11,000. Mr Sealy also donated one of his paintings, Under a Cobalt Sky – Capertree Valley, to the raffle’s first prize winner.

Daniel and Rachel from RIDBC Garfield Barwick School sell tickets at the Movie Day

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School has held its Movies, Munchies and Make-Believe day to help develop the Year One students’ language and social skills. The day gave the students an interactive, activities-based learning experience, immersing them in the language and communication concepts that surround a trip to the cinema.