RIDBC Consultant, Andrew Kendrick, working with Tahliya at RIDBC Liverpool

On Thursday 15 March, 2018, The Lions Club of The City of Liverpool will donate specialist hearing equipment to Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Liverpool, supporting children and adults with hearing loss living in Sydney’s South-West.

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Chris Rehn, Senator Jan McLucas, Shamila, Zakariya, Julie Owens

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has now reached a record 1000 children enrolled this year in its core hearing and vision impairment services, coinciding with the release of the government’s early intervention funding initiative. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, will visit RIDBC on Friday 15 July to meet Zakariyah Whatham who is the 1000th child enrolled, along with other families who will benefit from the Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative.


Internationally renowned researcher and educator Dr. Kelly Lusk, presented her new research on education for children who are blind at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), 15 and 16 June. Dr. Lusk’s two-day program provided an insight into the range of low vision services, and technologies, available for students, forming part of RIDBC Renwick Centre’s continuous professional education (CPE) program.

Matilda, Elizabeth and Emma with Susie O’Neill

Local celebrities joined Swimart Ambassador and Olympic champion Susie O'Neill last Sunday 26 June at the Central Coast, and Hunter, Splash for Cash fundraising events. At Central Coast 60 swimmers hit the pool, swimming 1943 laps of Mingara One Fitness and Aquatics Centre’s Olympic sized pool. The race between Susie O’Neill and 101.3 Sea FM Central Coast presenter Paddy Gerrard was a close finish, with the victory going to the Olympic swimming champion.

Jacob, Katrina and Barry O’Farrell

The RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre provides support for children who have a significant hearing impairment and their families. It also provides services for children with additional special needs. RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre’s multi-disciplinary early intervention services ensure that children, and their families, receive the early specialised care that is so critical to their child’s development.

Reptiles Rule

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) had a visit from Reptiles Rule on Tuesday 24 May. The reptiles provided a special language learning opportunity for deaf and hearing impaired children attending RIDBC Roberta Reid Preschool and RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool. Snakes, lizards and a turtle were part of the day, with the children encouraged to hold and touch the reptiles.