RIDBC School Support Students (Vision Impairment) with their support teachers.

Each year, NASA shares their US Space and Rocket education Centre in Alabama with a group of students with vision impairment from around the world for the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS).

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Daniel and Sam

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) held its 150th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 May. The AGM recognised the achievements of its graduating students both from RIDBC Student Support Services and the 60 professionals graduating from the RIDBC Renwick Centre postgraduate programs.

Jan McLucas, Alison, Richard and Elijah

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) welcomes the Government’s investment in Australian children with a disability with the Better Start Initiative. The funding will support families requiring early intervention services for children who are diagnosed with severe hearing or vision loss, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and Fragile X syndrome.

Carrie-Ann Ashenden receiving degree from RIDBC's Jill Duncan

Sixty postgraduate students have recently completed a program offered by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children‘s Renwick Centre that gives them a unique qualification in special education for children who are deaf or blind. The graduates will help to alleviate a critical shortage of trained teachers of the deaf or blind and associated professionals who teach and support children with sensory disability.

Reunion Island students

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has welcomed students from Reunion Island, a small French island in the Indian Ocean. 12 high school students who are deaf or blind will spend two weeks in Sydney on a cultural exchange, learning from other students at RIDBC and discovering Sydney. “Two years ago the director of our school came to RIDBC to visit and an invitation was extended at that time,” said Annie-Claude Benard, a teacher of the deaf at the school.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy, from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has been awarded joint first prize in the 2011 Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Prize competition. The competition is judged on the entrant’s ability to demonstrate the tangible benefits that innovative use of broadband or other telecommunications technology can deliver in assisting individuals with disabilities.