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21/03/2018
His Excellency and Mrs Hurley visited RIDBC

On Tuesday 20 March, 2018, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), at North Rocks.

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29/03/2011
Boy with baby chicken

On Monday 28 March, the children at The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in the Hunter welcomed the Kindifarm to the preschool. A variety of farm animals provided a special language learning opportunity for the children with a vision or hearing impairment who attend the preschool. RIDBC Hunter Director, Tracey Johnston said the children love to see the animals and to pat and feed them in a way that is non-threatening or overwhelming.

07/03/2011
John Berryman with a student

The not for profit industry employs 8% of the Australian workforce and is an ever expanding and challenging sector as the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) CEO, John Berryman, understands well. Starting at RIDBC as Manager of Computerised Braille Production in 1978, Berryman’s first achievement was to successfully establish the Southern Hemisphere’s first Computerised Braille Production Unit.

23/05/2016

Students at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) VisionEd Preschool recently enjoyed a wonderful introduction to backyard bugs, when Rangers on the Run paid a visit.

“This interactive educational show was a wonderful tactile experience for our students,” said Kathryn Bowie, Director, VisionEd Preschool.

“The children were encouraged to hold and to touch each of the different bugs while learning about where they live, how they survive, and the important role they play in the environment.

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 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.

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