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03/09/2018
Eric with his daughter Sora, who has vision impairment.
Seventeen-month old Sora loves music; give her a drum or a toy piano, and she will be in her element, or play a beat, and she’ll dance. Her talents don’t stop at music, either. Sora, whose name means ‘sky’ in Japanese, is learning both English and Japanese, languages that are used in her family – and is excelling at both. 
 
“We’ll say something in Japanese, and she’ll respond in English. We’re so amazed by Sora!” said proud dad, Eric. 
 

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11/11/2011
Professor Greg Leigh

Professor Greg Leigh of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has won the inaugural Griffith University Arts, Education & Law Alumnus of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to the education of deaf children both nationally and internationally. Having received his first degree in special Education from Griffith University, Professor Leigh has gone on to be actively engaged in research and postgraduate training for teachers and other professionals engaged in the education of children with impaired hearing.

07/11/2011
Cutting the cake to celebrate

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Hunter Centre has celebrated 20 years of service in the region with a week of 20th Anniversary celebrations. As part of the week, past and present students, families, volunteers, and the local community were invited to enjoy an Open Day at RIDBC Hunter, with an opportunity to take a look around the Centre to gain an insight into the wonderful work that is done there to help children with a hearing or vision impairment.

27/10/2011
RIDBC Renwick Centre auditorium

One of the world’s foremost educators for students who are vision impaired, Dr Cay Holbrook, will be the keynote speaker at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre, 27-28 October. Dr Holbrook will address 90 Teachers of Vision Impairment from across Australia at a conference hosted by RIDBC Renwick Centre. Those attending will leave with a greater understanding of issues and strategies for teaching braille reading and writing.

10/10/2011
Ben, Dean, Joshua and Jenny

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has held an intensive Braille Week for blind and vision impaired children and their families from around Australia. RIDBC Teleschool works with children and their families via in-home videoconferencing across Australia to give children the skills they need to access future education and employment opportunities.

14/09/2011
Child using braille machine

Australia’s major providers of services for children who are blind or vision impaired have joined together to provide a register to capture the needs of Australian children. An initiative of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), the Childhood Vision Impairment Register aims, for the first time, to identify the total number of children living with significant vision impairment in Australia.

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