William Green

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LONDON meeting. EDbN Reconstitution. March 2003.

EDbN was originally set up to access funding from Europe for deafblindness projects. One of its principles was to involve a parent or family representative, deafblind person and professional from each country.

This strong wish for continuing EDbN was strongly expressed again at the family conference last October in Puglia, Italy, where many families came together and explained their need for a platform.

2002 Listen to me. Family Event – Ruvo di Puglia (BA, Italy)

20th – 27th October 2002 Ruvo di Puglia (BA, Italy)

2001 May. VIENNA (AUSTRIA) seminar, Deafblind people, family members and professionals working together

Austria is a country with a special geography. The country is divided in several regions. Each region has its own laws and structure. That is the reason why awareness raising and initiatives involving deafblind children and adults are done on a regional or local level. This EDbN conference in Vienna on the 19th and 20th of May this year was a good opportunity for the different local projects to get to know each other and share experiences with each other and with all the other participants from allover Europe.

2000 May. Ancona (Italy) seminar, Equal Opportunities and Access for Deafblind people

Our EDbN seminar on the 20th of May 2000 in Ancona, Italy was on all aspects of equal opportunity for deafblind people. We have started a new area, where policy starts from the point of view of deafblind people themselves. There is the anti discrimination clause in article 13 in the Amsterdam Treaty and in different countries new laws are being prepared to seek equal opportunities for disabled people. Disability is not only a social issue, it became a human rights issue towards full citizenship.