Dr Gentle received her AO for her distinguished service to people who are blind or have low vision

Dr Frances Gentle AO was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to those with vision loss in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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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.

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."

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.

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.