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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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.

Lois Frater

In National Volunteer Week, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers whose vital work makes a difference in the lives of children with a vision or hearing impairment. Volunteers play a very important role at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. In addition to about 1,000 volunteers in RIDBC’s fundraising clubs, committees and auxiliaries, over 250 volunteers assist with a wide variety of tasks on campus.