New centre for deaf and blind children brings West Hoxton family joy

Support: The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children officially launched its new Liverpool centre last week. Already making use of the facility is the Sole family, including mum Christine, dad Sarkis and one-year-old daughter Azayliah.

Support: The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children officially launched its new Liverpool centre last week. Already making use of the facility is the Sole family, including mum Christine, dad Sarkis and one-year-old daughter Azayliah.

THE opening of The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children's new centre in Liverpool has allowed West Hoxton's Sole family to finally breathe a sigh of relief.

One-year-old Azayliah Sole has vision and hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids since she was six-weeks-old.

Mother, Christine said it had been overwhelming as new parents to find resources to provide the best care and support for her child.

"The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has had a huge impact on our life, " Mrs Sole said.

"Remarkably Azayliah has begun repeating many sounds, she even said her first word 'mumma'.

"Her therapist has helped us teach Azayliah to be aware of her surrounding environment's sounds."

Mrs Sole said staff at the new RIDBC Liverpool centre had become a part of their family.

"The centre fills our daily lives with lots of joy and happiness as we get to see our daughter smile and discover new things everyday, which is a blessing," she said.

"We are there weekly and would recommend any families needing support for children with vision or hearing impairments to come and join the RIDBC community in a great early intervention program."

Mrs Sole said that it was hard to juggle everyday life before there was a centre located close to home.

"A lot of support and early intervention is hard to get to for families [living] in the south-western Sydney region," she said.

"Being situated in Liverpool is fantastic as it is accessible via public transport also, which many families today need.

"Most importantly, RIDBC provided us with a variety of services all at the one place, making it easier on our daughter to have consistent therapists who communicate and involve not only us but her doctors and surgeons."

Details: ridbc.org.au.

Support: The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children officially launched its new Liverpool centre last week. Already making use of the facility is the Sole family, including one-year-old Azayliah.

Support: The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children officially launched its new Liverpool centre last week. Already making use of the facility is the Sole family, including one-year-old Azayliah.

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