Jessica using a brailler in RIDBC VisionEd Preschool

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Chris Rehn, Caroline McMillen and Greg Leigh

The Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle, Professor Caroline McMillen, recently visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Renwick Centre, an affiliate of the University of Newcastle. Professor McMillen assumed the position of Vice-Chancellor in October 2011 on the retirement of her predecessor, Professor Nicholas Saunders.

Clinical Associate Professor Catherine Birman

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has announced the appointment to the Board of renowned cochlear implant surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor Catherine Birman. As a prominent Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and in her capacity as Deputy Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC), A/Prof Birman has worked closely with RIDBC staff and families for many years.

Cassandra Schubert

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has joined the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC) in providing vital services to children who have hearing impairment on the Northern Coast of NSW. RIDBC will join the Centre established by SCIC in Lismore. This will provide an integrated service for families who have children with hearing loss and are learning to listen and speak through cochlear implants or hearing aids.

Elodie at RIDBC Alice Betteridge School

Westfield North Rocks has treated the students of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)’s Alice Betteridge School to a morning of visits from ‘Crocodile Encounters’ and Santa Claus. The ‘Crocodile Encounters’ reptile show gave students the opportunity to get up close with a tortoise, crocodile and snake. This was followed by a visit from Santa who arrived to wish each child a merry Christmas and to give each of them a toy.

Westfield running team

The Westfield team has fundraised over $12,000 for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) by participating in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The generous cheque was last week presented to RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn. RIDBC was one of the charities elected by the team of 111 Westfield employees, which raised $6,126.40 for RIDBC from the run. This amount was matched by Westfield itself, bringing the total to over $12,000.