A personal experience: Letter of Peter Fasung of Slovakia. When we got the wind of the information that also in year 2004 we will participate on second family conference "Listen to me 2", we were more than happy. Our pleasure was really great because also our younger and healthy daughter Zuzka could participate.
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.
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.