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 [...]
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 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.::/introtext::
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 4th 2013
Once again FESOCE celebrated the Deafblind Awarness International Week simultaneously with the Helen Keller Foundation Deafblind Awareness Week.
In June 1984 former United States of America President Ronald Reagan recognized Deafblind as a disability. Every year since that date and during the last week of the month of June, the Heller Keller Services for the Blind celebrates a series of activities in order to acquire some exposure and to socially conscience the general public over this disability.
EDbN General Assembly 2013
Lille (FR), 24 August 2013 TIME: 17h
Lille Grand Palais
1 Boulevard de Cités-Unies
In the upcoming Deafblind Conference to be celebrated in Lille, France; EDbN will organize its first General Assembly in more than 10 years to explain all our members the objectives we pursue, our working methods and to exchange opinions.
In this issue: What is deafblindness? EDF Action plan Budapest Accesible Catalonia Recognition in POLAND Making a difference in Europe Public consultation with a view to a European Accessibility Act EDbN Biannual working plan 2012-2014 World Confederation of Parents UK Landmark Supreme Court judgement clarifies social care law How many deafblind people are there? Deafblind Shape. Tactile Symbol of [...]
1st August 2013
The 8th Deafblind International European Conference will be held in Lille, France, from the 24th to the 28th of August 2013.
The Deafblind International Conference, entitled “Identities and changes – Commonalities across deafblindness – Learning from each other” will tackle the main challenges deafblind individuals, their families and the professionals who work with them, face along their life.