Links to Other Support Organisations

Here is a list of other organisations working with deaf and hard of hearing children in NSW providing services, activities and/or events which might be of interest to you.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
The RIDBC provides a wide range of innovative educational services to children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision, and include children with additional disabilities.

  • Roberta Reid Centre
    A preschool providing special education for preschool-aged deaf children who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language)
  • Thomas Pattison School
    An innovative school at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children meeting the needs of students from Kindergarten to Year 10 who use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their first or preferred language.
  • The Garfield Barwick School
    An RIDBC program.
  • Teleschool
    A high-quality service to families living in rural and regional areas of Australia who have a deaf child and/or one with vision loss
  • Early Learning Program
    The Early Learning Program helps deaf children and their families from the time of diagnosis of their hearing loss, until school entry
  • Jim Patrick Audiology Centre
    A family-friendly audiology clinic at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, offering a full range of children's audiological services. Requires a referral from a Medical Practitioner.

The Shepherd Centre
The Shepherd Centre teaches deaf and hard of hearing children how to listen and speak so that they can reach their full potential in the hearing world.

St Gabriel's School for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children
A Catholic special school within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, enrolling students who are deaf or hard of hearing including those who have additional disabilities.

St Dominics School
Provides a caring and challenging Christian education for deaf and hard of hearing children, to help them achieve their full potential through focusing on language development and intelligible speech acquired through listening.

Catherine Sullivan Centre
The Catherine Sullivan Centre offers an Auditory-Verbal early intervention program open to all pre-school aged deaf or hard of hearing children and their families, catering for children from the time of diagnosis through to school entry age.

Hear the Children Early Intervention Centre
At Hear the Children we provide specialist auditory-verbal early intervention services, free-of-charge, for deaf or hard of hearing babies and children, as well as children with significant language delays.

Support organisations for parents

Parents Of Deaf Children (PODC) - formerly named Parent Council for Deaf Education (PCDE) 
is a not-for-profit parent organisation which aims to provide families with independent, unbiased information and support. PCDE collaborates with parents, professionals, Government departments and other organisations to promote equity of access to services and opportunities for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, irrespective of their chosen method of communication.

Aussie Deaf Kids
Online information and support for families raising a deaf child.

Deaf Children Australia
Deaf Children Australia provides information, advocacy, support services and educational resources that respond to the needs of deaf children and their families.

Some other service organisations

Children's Hospital Deafness Centre (Westmead)
The Children's Hospital Deafness Centre provides a multidisciplinary service to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families where there is a problem or query associated with the hearing loss.

Australian Hearing
Australian Hearing is a federal government agency delivering hearing services to eligible Australians. Go to to find out more.
Australian Hearing produces Choices magazine (for parents and families of children who have been newly diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing).

Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre
A division of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre.