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The FC Barcelona, ​​FCB Foundation, La Caixa" Social Welfare Projects, Mapp4all Universal Accessibility and the city council of Barcelona came together to make a request to the United Nations on the establishment of a global sensitizing day about the universal accessibility. This coalition, whose object is to promote universal accessibility, presented last week the agreement [...]

June 27th, 2017|News|

INFO DAY European Training Certification in Culture, Media, and ICT Accessibility

The ERASMUS+  The ERASMUS+ project, ACT and ADLAB PRO organized a Info Day in Brussels on April 28th, The aim of this event was to inform their responsibles  in regards to the implementation of accessibility in the Media Directive AVMSD and the European Accessibility Law. Various presentations followed by trainings and certifications by independant European [...]

May 4th, 2017|News|


Thursday 2 and Friday 3 February 2017 Crowne Plaza Hotel, rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels The objective of this workshop was to present the concrete aspects of accessibility and the business case for providing accessible products and services. The workshop reflected the state of the art of accessibility legislation, policies and products and services [...]

February 6th, 2017|News|


Challenges of the deaf-blind: experience, objectives, perspectives”, the International Conference held a meeting of the most, distinctive, important representatives of the deafblind. The aim of the conference was to bring together the best practices of work with the deafblind, to identify the ways for future studies and develop specific policy recommendations. […]

April 17th, 2015|News|



The Board of the European Deafblind Network (EDbN) goes to Brussels to meet the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen

March 4, 2015

The discriminatory situation of the deafblind people in Europe was one of the main issues of the meeting hold last 3erd of March in Brussels between the board of the European Deafblinf Network (EDbN) and the European Comissioner of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen

Ramón Tremosa, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) by Convergència i Unió (CiU), accompanied the deafblindness representatives: Ricard López and Lucy Drescher, president and vice-president, respectively, of EDbN, together with Sonja Van de Molengraf and Helle Buelund, members of EDbN too. 

The meeting established a first high level contact in which the needs of deafblindness were exposed. This collective is estimated to be almost 3 million people in Europe and their attention is at a clear disadvantage compared with other collectives. The difficulties they face of accessing communication and information are the biggest obstacles of the deafblind people. There is no European strategy leaded to solve this situation or to care specifically about such a significant collective.

The board of EDbN proposed to start working lines oriented to the identification of this collective, as well as the inclusion of deafblindness in the European Agenda with the same conditions that other disabilities have.

This initiative also has the support of several MEPs from different countries in Europe. Click here for more information about MEPs supporting Deafblindness.


March 3rd, 2015|News|



February 10, 2015

The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) is a spiritual journey that pilgrims of all backgrounds have traversed for over a thousand years. Pilgrims walk the Way for various reasons: some to seed penance, others enlightenment, others for a sense of adventure.

Several deafblind people will take up this challenge next September, a week-challenge that calls for visibility of the deafblind. This is an open proposal to deafblind people and their interveners, on the one hand, and relatives of the deafblind and professional volunteers, on the other hand. We consider two different options: by bike and on foot.

For those who prefer to take up this challenge by bike, you can come along with your bike or tandem, and we are planning to cycle a distance of 300 km. We are going to meet in Oviedo between the 12th and the 13th of September 2015 in order to start our long walk. For those who prefer walking, we will meet in Sarria, which is a strategic location, with good travel connections because of its coach and train stations. We will walk 100 km, until we reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

A deafblind person and his intervener

A deafblind person and his intervener

Once there, the bishop will be waiting for us to celebrate that we overcame the challenge. Our arrival is planned to be on the 19th at 12pm. Both the walkers and the cyclists, deafblind or not, will reach the Cathedral together in order to get the Credential of the Camino de Santiago, a document given to walkers to certify them as pilgrims to record their passage through distinct locations along the routes.


if you are a deafblind relative, a volunteer or a professional in this field and you want to take part in this activity, please contact EDbN for more information:


March 2nd, 2015|News|



February 15, 2015

We are currently working on another project concerning deafblind transport and movement in public spaces, streets and crossings: the red and white cane. This is a white cane with red stripes of 100mm. The deafblind people are using white sticks, which indicates a blind person. But due to the insufficient differentiation, the deafblind people often confront misunderstandings, when for example they do not react to drivers’ appeals at the crossings, and it is even dangerous for the deafblind person.

We want to introduce the red and white cane in our society as a tool to improve the safety of deafblind people in order to enrich their independent life and make them visible to drivers and other pedestrians. We believe that the red and white cane will bring to the deafblind community increased self-confidence and respect from the public.

Therefore, we have two main tasks: to achieve one standard red and white cane and to obtain support to associate this cane with deafblindness. In order to achieve this last aim, a campaign will be launched at four levels: local, central and autonomous communities’ governments, and the European Union.


March 2nd, 2015|News|



January 30, 2015

Once the ‘European Deafblind Indicators’ project was completed, EDbN presented the results and the objectives of this project to all the MEPs who in the last legislature were part of the Disability Intergroup. From the very beginning we had the backup of 20 of them, and that number grew to 22, which is where we stand now. They have supported EDbN in the petition of having a meeting with Commssioner Marianne Thyssen, which will be held next 3rd of March.

These MEPs are the following: 


March 2nd, 2015|News|



June 20, 2014

The European Deafblind Indicators project website project was developed from September 2012 to September 2014 by nine deafblind organizations from eight EU Member States. All of the individual members of the pro¬ject group are part of the European Deafblind Network (EDbN) and it is through this Network that the project was conceived and developed.

This project aims to create a common European framework for the assessment of institutional models of care for the deafblind based on indicators created ex novo: the Indicators of Deafblindness Equality in Europe (IDbEE). Its importance lies in the certainty that great differences in the degree of attention exist between the various European States.

The outcome of this project was nowhere near enough data is collected about deafblindness, and the extent of deafblindness is seriously underestimated. As most organizations do not cater for the specific needs of deafblind people, there are not enough specific deafblind services in most states. Communication support and personal assistance systems for deafblind people in Europe are sketchy at best and inadequate although it withholds their rights to health and social care, family life and leisure. As long as there is better support from the governments, change is possible. Therefore, it is imperative that on a European level we make a noise.


March 2nd, 2015|News|



Zagreb, Croatia - FEBRUARY 9th 2015

Febrero 13, 2015

The President of the Republic of Croatia annually honours meritorious individuals, Croatian and foreign nationals, organizations and legal entities with decorations and awards for their outstanding achievements, extraordinary contributions and true excellence in one's career accomplishments.

On Monday, February 9th, during a traditional ceremony that was held at the Presidential Palace of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Dr. Ivo Josipovic, has awarded the President of EDbU and Croatian Association of Deafblind Persons, “Dodir”, Sanja Tarczay, Ph.D., the honour of the ORDER OF THE CROATIAN STAR WITH THE EFFIGY OF KATARINA ZRINSKA, an honour given for the extraordinary services for healthcare, social welfare and the promotion of social moral values, recognition and creation of an environment for the quality of life of deafblind persons in Croatia and the world. She is the first deafblind person in Croatia to receive this honour.


February 13th, 2015|News|