Cathy now hears the world around her — an experience she describes as amazing.

As most of us wind down as the year ends, Cathy and her husband Keith are just getting started. The Blacktown couple are Santa and Mrs Claus at a host of Western Sydney venues — from pre-schools to shopping centres and in their own home where it all began.

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Anne alongside her Delta assessed therapy dog, Bella

That is how Anne Lazberger describes the experience of volunteering at RIDBC for the last six years alongside her Delta assessed therapy dog, Bella.

Mitchell grew up on a cattle property in Northern NSW, which he says was an idyllic childhood

Nineteen-year-old Mitchell Pitman received his first cochlear implant at age two and his second at age eight. He also has cerebral palsy, but he is not held back in any way, and says the key for him has been in accepting who he is and learning to find the humour in everyday life.

Multilingual playgroups help families build networks

For parents of children with hearing or vision loss who speak a language other than English at home, navigating the health system and the services available can be daunting. Cultural background can impact on a family's expectations for their child and when and how they seek advice but seeking support at the earliest possible time is critical to give children with hearing or vision loss the best start in life.

Left to right: Professor Greg Leigh; Master of Disability Studies graduates, Sharyn Fyvie and Cassandra Holmes; Graeme Innes

The last three years have seen an enormous amount of effort by RIDBC Renwick Centre staff to bring a new affiliation agreement with Macquarie University to fruition.   A new higher degree program (the Master of Disability Studies) has been developed with enrolments commencing in 2017, whilst continuing to teach the last remaining students in the Master of Special Education program at the University of Newcastle.

2018 Graeme Clark Scholarship was awarded to Zoe Dunn

In honour of the inventor and pioneer of the modern-day cochlear implant, Professor Graeme Clark, Cochlear awards financial assistance towards a university degree to a high-achieving cochlear implant recipient each year. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and commitment to humanity and leadership values, the Graeme Clark Scholarship has helped young people to realise their dreams in fields as diverse as mathematics, fashion, law, sports and healthcare.