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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Graphic of front page of RIDBC’s NDIS services website

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to people with disability, their families and carers. The focus of the NDIS is on giving children, adults and families, choice and control over their disability support. This is provided through individualised funding packages that assist children and adults to achieve their goals.


Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the wonderful contribution of our volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week 11 – 17 May. 

In 2014 volunteers contributed over 26,000 hours of work for RIDBC, with over 945 people volunteering through RIDBC fundraising clubs and committees and another 250 volunteers contributing to RIDBC’s clinical and educational services or in administrative positions.

RIDBC has recognised Aydan for academic achievement in the HSC.

Aydan has been awarded a medal of excellence by Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) for his academic achievement in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

RIDBC Teleschool Consultant, Kylie, with Morgan who is learning to develop her tactile sensitivity so that she can better explore her world.

Morgan is four years old and is blind. She accesses RIDBC Teleschool from her home in regional NSW and is being supported to learn braille and develop the skills she will need to succeed in school. 

When Morgan was four months old, parents Belinda and Danny began to suspect that she couldn’t see. 


Bill, who is four years old and has hearing loss, is enrolled in RIDBC Early Learning Program (Hearing Impairment). This service has continued supporting his family through a move interstate to give Bill the best start in life. 

Bill was born 13 weeks premature and spent the first 11 weeks of his life in intensive care.