Who we are
Since our foundation in 1860, we have continuously supported people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are blind or vision impaired through high-quality vision and hearing services. We also provide professional education and research programs for professionals working in the field of sensory disability.
RIDBC’s objectives focus on developing and delivering the world’s best sensory services for children, adults and their families.
As Australia’s largest and longest-serving provider in our specialised field, we receive international recognition for our first-rate education, allied health, therapy, research and clinical services.
RIDBC’s SCIC Cochlear Implant Program is the largest in Australia for children and adults of all ages.
We operate from a large network of sites across Australia. Our service brands include:
Originally recognised in law by the New South Wales State Parliament in 1905, today our charitable status is legislated under the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Act 1998 No 6.