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25/06/2018
Dr Gentle received her AO for her distinguished service to people who are blind or have low vision

Dr Frances Gentle AO was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to those with vision loss in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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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.

02/09/2011
Fetuli Talanoa and Matt Mundine with Diya and Manasa

Three South Sydney Rabbitohs have helped to launch the first in a series of educational apps for iPhone and iPad, Old Macdonald, developed by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). Rabbitohs players Fetuli Talanoa, Matt Mundine and Kane Morgan, worked with three RIDBC students, Diya, Manasa and Elijah, to navigate the application for the first time.

02/09/2011
RIDBC Thomas Pattison School signing choir

The Signing Choir from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Thomas Pattison School were the only group of children using Auslan (Australian Sign language) among 600 other students on Town Hall Square steps for Music: Count Us In, 1 September. RIDBC Thomas Pattison School students participated in Music: Count Us In - an initiative of the Music Council of Australia for the promotion of music in schools nationally – for the fifth year in a row.

23/08/2011
Mark Butler, Chris Rehn and Tanya Plibersek

To mark the launch of Hearing Awareness Week 2011, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Human Services and Social Inclusion, today presented a cheque for $12 000 to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children on behalf of Australian Hearing. The donation from Australian Hearing will help fund RIDBC’s early intervention services for children who are hearing impaired.

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