cochlear implants have allowed Barbara to hear better and be part of what’s going on

Despite having a hearing loss from birth, Barb Haynes' hearing loss went undiagnosed for the first five years of her life, and her difficulty with speech was attributed to her being 'a quiet child.'

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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.

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, 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.

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.