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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Emma prepares for the HSC with support from RIDBC

17 year old Emma, who is blind, is preparing for the HSC with support from RIDBC.
“At just nine and a half months of age, Emma was diagnosed as being completely blind after a rare childhood cancer caused damage to her optic nerves,” said Emma’s mum, Rose.

Isabella is ready for 'big school'

Five year old Canadian born Isabella Walsh, who has hearing loss, is ready to start ‘big school’ with support from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and life changing technology – the cochlear implant.

Chiara with Socorro Amos, Deputy Principal of RIDBC Garfield Barwick School, is looking forward to starting high school next year.

Chiara, who has hearing loss, was one of seven students to graduate from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School this year.

RIDBC Garfield Barwick School caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who have hearing loss, and who are learning to listen and speak with the assistance of hearing aids or cochlear implants. The school aims to gradually transition students into a mainstream environment by the end of primary school.

Chiara was diagnosed with hearing loss at three months of age. 


Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) would like to thank its valued volunteers on International Volunteer Day, 5 December.

RIDBC Ability Day Fair

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) invites local businesses, families and the community to come and enjoy a fun day out at the RIDBC Ability Day Fair on Thursday, 1st December.