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On the occasion of the European Day for people with disabilities (3 December) the European Commission announced that Gothenburg is the winner of the Access City Award 2014. Gothenburg's commitment to increasing accessibility to transport, housing, work and employment is a good example that other European cities could follow in the future. Priority is given to people with disabilities when accessible homes become available. On the employment front, some 300 workplaces are being equipped with personal aids each year. The city is also systematically working on improving public facilities, with concrete actions to make amusement parks, playgrounds and the local university more accessible.

The second prize went to Grenoble (France) and the third to Poznan (Poland) – both cities having exhibited remarkable progress in terms of accessibility to transport, education, accommodation, shopping, culture, sports, tourism and employment.

December 17th, 2013|News|


This pilot project established by Ádám Kósa MEP and Werner Kuhn MEP aimed at easing the lives of one million deaf sign language users in Europe.

The goal of this project is to develop a service concept and later a technology platform and service that can be used by any deaf or hard of hearing citizen within the European Union to assist them with real-time live sign language interpretation by a certified sign language interpreter or/and a real- time captioning service in order to enable independent communication with the institutions of the European Union, such as the European Parliament or the European Commission.

November 25th, 2013|Sample Data-Articles|


Vilnius, 16-17 November 2013 | The European Disability Forum met this weekend in Vilnius, Lithuania, gathering together representatives of its member organisations all around Europe, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian Republic and European institutions. On the first day of the Board meeting, a European conference took place focusing on: 'Disability and sustainable development. A perspective from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'.

Opening the conference, Dovilé Juodkaité, President of the Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled welcomed this event as the only one focusing on the rights of persons with disabilities within the three pillars: social, economic and environmental of sustainable development and in the frame of the programme of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU.

EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, underlined the importance of inclusive development. “It gets more and more understandable that inclusive development cannot be considered as such, unless it takes into account and on board persons with disabilities. Development that does not include persons with disabilities is a direct violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Development should affect every citizen in society without any exclusion or discrimination”, said Yannis Vardakastanis.

Speaking also at the opening of the conference, the Lithuanian Minister of Social Security and Labour, Algimanta Pabedinskiene, stressed the Lithuanian Presidency’s commitment to a sustainable growth for Europe with the inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities.

November 21st, 2013|News|

Fesoce new Deafblind campaign

November 6, 2013

Federacion Española de Sordoceguera (Deafblind Spanish Federation) launched today its brand new fund raising campaign in Barcelona, Spain. This campaign aims to promote the awareness of deafblind as a unique disability, to influence for suitable facilities around the nation and as a way to raise the necessary funds to support families, professionals and deafblind people.

FESOCE is a Spanish organization that gathers all country´s deafblind associations to assess, assist and represent all those individuals affected by deafblind around the country.

November 6th, 2013|News|


The 19th of June 2013 was the date chosen by the European Platform on Deafness, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblindness to debate the Board´s current progresses within the European Disability Forum. Discussing the important details concerning the latest developments of the European Disability Forum (EDF) Board Elections and the strategy regarding the draft of the [...]

October 25th, 2013|News|


Deafblind International President Gillian Morbey at DBI Board meeting DbI Board met the day before the start of the 8th Deafblind European Conference to discuss a serious of aspects concerning its structure and projects. Gillian Mobey, DbI President, explain all those present at the meeting how much the association has achieved and advanced in the last few years, specially remarking how many countries joined lately DbI. In total 22 countries are DbI members nowadays. Deafblind International Vice President, reported which were the members benefits, making emphasize in those profits associates obtained when they joined our organization: The possibility to receive DbI Review magazine, which appears twice yearly. Special access to our web page articles, contents, papers, etc., all of them published in different languages and with the possibility to download them. […]

October 24th, 2013|News|



October 18, 2013

On the 24th of August EDbN was able to explain its 2012-2014 working plan at the recent 8th Deafblind European Conference meeting at Lille, France, where it was finally approved.

Its proposal for the rest of 2013 and the first half of the following year consist of four major points: Finding out a definition of the Charter of Services for the members, to increase the number of supporters, to begin with the arrangements for the next EDbN summit in Barcelona and to contribute to DbI conferences and other events as well as to take an active roll in the publishing of DbI Review.

EDbN explained how will they concentrate its external strategy on working at European government level, influencing the European Parliament, the European Commission and EDF and looking to ensure all deafblind people needs are taken into account when time comes to legislate and dictate the future continental policies. EDbN has shown to be an ideal platform from where to influence all European institutions into thinking about deafblind individuals’ necessities.



Two new Board members were introduced during the Assembly: Eda Kedves from Hungary and Peter Fasung from Slovakia.

To keep on the good work EDbN requires all its affiliates to contribute in specific areas such as: Information and communication technologies, accessibility to transport, high support needs, to built an ideal working environment, work together with the UN Convention Rights of People with Disabilities, life long learning and employment, independent living and employment and to grant access to goods and services.

The final EDbN´s program point involved Deafblind Europa Review magazine. It is of major importance to write at least an editorial per year and to try to involve every country member into writing an article or more per number. 

EDbN members at the conference.  



October 18th, 2013|News|

Deafblind International Lille´s Summit

The past 24th until the 28th of August, Deafblind International organized a conference at Lille, France, which served congenital deafblindness and acquired deafblindness, scientists and other participants to discuss several subjects, share experiences and participated in a variety of activities.

 Three were the main topics the board focus, all of them with equal significance to this worldwide association: Denial, Shame and Pride; Empowerment; Identity and Narratively. Expert researchers dealt each one of them on plenary sessions and answering questions from the attending audience.

October 10th, 2013|News|

Deafblind Summer Camp at Cambrils

EDbn took active part in the latest Deafblind Summer Camp for persons who have a significant hearing and vision loss, celebrated in Cambrils, Catalonia, and organized by Deafblind Spanish Federation (FESOCE).  The camp was held on the first days of September and the attendance enjoyed from several days of guided activities, while family members some well deserved relaxing time at the end of summer.

The EDbN team organized various events specially adapted to the particular needs of each user. Workshops and field trips were programmed to encourage each individual to develop a sense of confidence, independence and enriching the interactive experience.


September 11th, 2013|News|

European Indicators for Deafblind Project Meeting

The celebration of the European Deafblind Conference last 24th of August in Lille, France, was the ideal setting to present the European Indicators for Deafblind Project. With the attendance of 21 members of 7 different countries (France and Slovakia were not present), the second phase of this major task, developed under the guidance of APSOCECAT, was introduced to the public.

The first part of the plan, accomplished during the Copenhagen summit on May 2012, dealt with defining and writing down which should be the correct indicators for the assignment. Once that was achieved, a second one consisted in the development of a complete questionnaire dealing with all relevant aspects in the different categories.


September 9th, 2013|News|