Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and diagnostic services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.

Through high quality and highly relevant specialised services, RIDBC can meet the needs of children and their families from just a few weeks of age. We are committed to investing in the technology and services needed to give children the very best start in life. We work with families and other professionals in the field to maintain our comprehensive approach to service provision. As a charity, we rely significantly upon the generosity of the community and corporate Australia to support our life changing programs.

RIDBC provides:

  • Early intervention programs for children from birth to five years
  • Five preschool programs for children aged three to five years based on a reverse integration model, and support in mainstream preschools
  • Three schools as well as a school support service for children with hearing or vision loss who attend mainstream schools
  • A regional or remote service where families and children are receiving services via videoconference
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Assessment and planning services, including orthoptics and audiology
  • Outreach programs in Indigenous communities
  • A world class research program and postgraduate courses for professionals working with children with vision or hearing loss
  • A professional development program for professionals working with children with vision or hearing loss