RIDBC School Support Students (Vision Impairment) with their support teachers.

Each year, NASA shares their US Space and Rocket education Centre in Alabama with a group of students with vision impairment from around the world for the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS).

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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.

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.