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.
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 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.
Once again FESOCE celebrated the Deafblind Awarness International Week simultaneously with the Helen Keller Foundation Deafblind Awareness Week. The members of FESOCE also planned several actions all over Spain with the idea of reaching the general public and show them the problematic we face every day.
Lille (FR), 24 August 2013 TIME: 17h
Lille Grand Palais
1 Boulevard de Cités-Unies
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.
Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people join the board of directors of the European Disability Forum (EDF)
Ricard López, president of EDbN, among the new members
The general yearly Meeting of the European Disability Forum (EDF) took place on the 25th and 26th May in Athens, with the participation of the member organizations representatives from whole Europe. EDbN was present there as member of EDF.
Ethical and care reflections concerning a recent case of euthanasia
The international press has been shaken by the recent news regarding a case of euthanasia applied to two brothers in Belgium. Since this is our area of expertise, EDbN cannot abstain itself from making a pertinent reflection that under no circumstances questions the decision of two adults of sound mind whose end fits into the terms established by the legislation of their country.
One of the objectives of the conference is to highlight the lack of accessible and reliable data to key stakeholders who are in a position to change this situation.
The European Platform of Deafness, Hard of Hearing and Deafblindness announces its first conference, Mind The Data Gap! Lack of statistics for an effective EU inclusion strategy?! It will be held this Thursday 15 of November at the Representation of the free state of Bavaria, Brussels.