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07/08/2019
Cherraya is the first Indigenous toddler to receive a cochlear implant in the Northern Territory

Two-year-old Cherraya is already showing an artistic side, loves to draw and, like most children her age, is keenly exploring the world around her. Now, thanks to bilateral cochlear implants, the Darwin-based toddler has access to a world of sound too.

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19/12/2012
RIDBC's Chris Rehn, Jan North, Melissa McCarthy with Senator Steven Conroy.

 RIDBC Director of Children’s Services, Jan North and RIDBC Director of Educational Services, Melissa McCarthy, have just published a guide called, RIDBC Teleschool: Guiding Principles for Telepractice, which will give organisations the tools they need to get started and deliver a high quality telepractice service.

 In an Australian first, the guide presents a model of telepractice aimed at delivering services to remotely-located families which are equal to those provided in metropolitan area.

19/12/2012
Janet with Hugh and their RIDBC Teleschool Speech Pathologist, Neryl Horn

Janet and Degen’s son, Hugh, is four years old and has hearing loss. The family lives in Ballarat, Victoria, and accesses Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Teleschool which provides families in regional and remote Australia access to specialist support via high quality videoconferencing technology.

When Hugh was born with hearing loss it was a difficult time for the family.

“I lost those precious early weeks with my newborn to clinical appointments and a desperate search for information about hearing loss,” said Janet.

19/12/2012
Participants gather round a cake to celebrate the 300th birthday of Abbe Charles-Michel de l'Epee

Recently, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Renwick Centre hosted the fifth Deaf History Workshop. This year’s theme was Deaf Education in 1950s Australia.

Held as part of RIDBC Renwick Centre’s Continuing Professional Education Program and conducted by RIDBC Lecturer, Dr Breda Carty, as well as guest lecturers Darlene Thornton and Dr Susannah Macready, the week-long program drew 18 participants from around Australia, almost all of whom were Deaf.

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