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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Elise, Amber, Chris Rehn and Tanya Davies holding a $7,200 cheque

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Nepean Preschool to meet children who will benefit from a $7200 grant for building improvements. “The project will fund the erection of a retractable shade awning adjoining a room which is used for teaching and therapy. This will allow staff to incorporate vital outdoor gross motor and language development opportunities,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

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.