Book Fair has been a big part of Philippa’s life

The time is early 2008 when Philippa Manton receives an invitation to assist with the RIDBC Book Fair. Fast forward 11 years and Philippa hasn’t missed one since, a remarkable contribution as a volunteer of RIDBC. The contribution is even more significant given this is the 31st, and final, Book Fair. Of her experience she explains “To be involved in something that shares the value of books has been marvellous”.

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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.


Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) presented ‘Technology advances in the disability sector’ at the Rotary District 9685 Conference, 23 February 2014.

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, was one of three RIDBC staff members who presented to 500 Rotarians about the ways in which mainstream technology is making a significant and positive impact on the lives of people with a sensory impairment.