Oliver with his mum, Melissa

11-Year-Old Oliver is preparing for his transition to high school, with support from RIDBC Teleschool, Braille Camp, and the Adaptive Technology Team. Oliver, a talented musician and athlete, won’t be held back by his vision impairment. He has a winning team on his side, with support from his amazing mum, Melissa, who has a Master of Special Education from RIDBC Renwick Centre.

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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.

Oscar is a high-achiever in everything

Ten-year-old Oscar is an inspiration – from his sporting achievements to his compassion, kindness and passionate support of other children with hearing impairment, it's clear he is destined for great things.

League of Hearoes

If you haven't heard of Minecraft, an online adventure game in which players create their own worlds and mine resources to feed, house and defend themselves, you might be in the minority.  Minecraft is taking the world by storm, with over 91 million people around the world playing the game each month.