Eric with his daughter Sora, who has vision impairment.
Seventeen-month old Sora loves music; give her a drum or a toy piano, and she will be in her element, or play a beat, and she’ll dance. Her talents don’t stop at music, either. Sora, whose name means ‘sky’ in Japanese, is learning both English and Japanese, languages that are used in her family – and is excelling at both. 
“We’ll say something in Japanese, and she’ll respond in English. We’re so amazed by Sora!” said proud dad, Eric. 

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Major Edwin and the cadets

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has celebrated ANZAC day in a ceremony catering to the sensory impairments of its students. The ceremony was held at RIDBC Alice Betteridge School in North Rocks, where students aged between four and 18 who have a significant hearing and/or vision impairment, as well as an intellectual disability, are enrolled.

John Berryman, Louise Flitcroft and Chris Rehn

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has received a cheque for $248,015 from The Pathfinders Auxiliary. The Committee, which is a voluntary fundraising committee generously supported by Qantas, has been raising money solely for RIDBC since 1967. This year’s contribution brings the total amount raised to almost $6 million over this time.

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.

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.


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.