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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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.

Knate with teacher

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is using technology to level the playing field for children with vision or hearing loss, bringing them one step closer to being defined by their achievements not by their disability. Harnessing mainstream technology such as computers with voice output, iPads and iPhones, RIDBC is providing children with the skills they need to access the school curriculum on equal footing with their hearing and sighted peers.

Ministers visit RIDBC

The NSW Government has announced a $277,000 recurrent funding package for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance recently visited RIDBC with Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliot and Member for Castle Hill, Dominic Perrottet. The Minister took part in discussions around RIDBC funding and early intervention services.

Colin Allen with RIDBC Thomas Pattison School students

The recently appointed President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), Colin Allen, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Thomas Pattison School today, Thursday 25 August. Mr Allen was born in Sydney and was schooled on the RIDBC site at what was called the North Rocks School for the Deaf and managed by the Department of Education.