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29/01/2018
Mikaylah DeGennaro with RIDBC Garfield Barwick School teacher Ruhi Malhotra.

Eight-year-old, Mikaylah DeGennaro, is ready to start mainstream schooling with support from RIDBC. It is an exciting time for parents, Sue and Corrado, who are grateful for the support they have received.

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09/02/2016
Anna's journey with RIDBC

Anna, who is 40 years old, was born with profound hearing loss. Supported by RIDBC during her schooling, Anna went on to study her masters through RIDBC Renwick Centre. Her first son, Alexander, also has profound hearing loss and is supported by RIDBC.

Anna was diagnosed with hearing loss when she was two years of age.

"The loss of language over those early years greatly impacted my life," said Anna. "That is a critical time for a child to develop their listening and language skills. I had to rely on lip reading, gestures, and body language."

28/01/2016
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a new strategic plan for 2016-2020 that will see us go through a substantial evolution.

RIDBC operates in a dynamic and competitive environment. Ongoing changes in the health, education and disability services sectors, increased options for intervention and support, and the changing way that people with disabilities access and choose their service providers, are transforming the sector in exciting ways.

All of these changes in our environment formed the impetus for change, our opportunity to explore our strategic plan for the future.

28/01/2016
Shirley achieves her goals with support from RIDBC

Three years after Min and Steven immigrated to Australia from China their daughter, Shirley, was born. Diagnosed as profoundly deaf when she was a month old, the family began receiving support from RIDBC. Now 24, Shirley is a university graduate who was recently selected to be the Australian Youth Representative at the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section.

Shirley’s hearing loss was unexpected news to her parents, and the cause of the hearing loss remains unknown.

28/01/2016
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has officially launched a new app to help children with vision loss and additional needs develop the sign language they need to communicate.

The 'Adapting Signs' app, developed by a team of vision loss and technology specialists at RIDBC, helps children with vision loss and significant developmental or intellectual impairments, to develop the key signs they need to communicate with their families or carers.

“RIDBC is committed to using mainstream technology such as the iPad to improve access for children with vision or hearing loss,” said app developer and RIDBC Speech Pathologist, Annette Clarke.

28/01/2016
RIDBC Renwick Centre, academic Dr Breda Carty, has dedicated the last 14 years teaching students and ensuring that services for children with sensory disabilities and their families across Australia and around the world are based on current evidence and are delivered by skilled and knowledgeable professionals.
RIDBC Renwick Centre, academic Dr Breda Carty, has dedicated the last 14 years teaching students and ensuring that services for children with sensory disabilities and their families across Australia and around the world are based on current evidence and are delivered by skilled and knowledgeable professionals.
 
In this issue, Trudy Smith, manager continuing professional education at RIDBC Renwick Centre, interviews Dr Breda Carty.

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