Conferences, Courses, Events, Seminars, and Workshops Throughout the World about Deafblindness.

It will be inconceivable that I will be able to manage to have listed all the different conferences and courses throughout the world about deafblindness, That would be impossible for me to do, because these are changing constantly with new (times, venue,and etc) after they are first announced. Remember this is just a little private web site which I have made without the help of any sighted hearing person.

I will do my very best to list all the conferences, courses, events, seminars, and workshops that I can find the information for on the Net, but please, if you know of any conferences or courses that I have missed, or your organisation that you are part of have one coming up, would you please let me know andIi will be very pleased to put the conference, course, event, seminar or workshop information on the A-Z to Deafblindness site.  Similarly, if you have just found out about a conference or course, would You please let me know.

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Deafblind International.

Fifth DBI European Conference on Deafblindness.

Theme: "Self determination a life long process"
Date: 24 - 29  July 2001
Venue: Leeuwenhorst Congress center, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

Prior to the conference, the organising committee gives the opportunity to organise several "piggy back" activities between 21 - 23 July 2001. European departments serving deafblind people and deafblind networks are invited to conduct such activities such as a networkday, workshop, (training)course. If you are interested to conduct an activity, please contact us.

In the neighbourhood of the European DbI conference, meetings for deafblind people and their relatives will be organised. Participants in this events can  participate in parts of the conference.

Deafblind International (DbI) Conference August 5 - 10, 2003. Hosted By (CDBRA).

The 13th DbI Conference will be on August 5 - 10, 2003 in Mississauga (near Toronto) Ontario, Canada. This announcement was made during the 12th DbI Conference in Estoril, Portugal, July, 1999.

The Conference is being hosted by The Canadian Deafblind & Rubella Association (CDBRA).

Great Britain.

Bristol Dual Sensory Loss Service.

We offer CACDP accredited training in Deafblind Awareness and Guiding & Communicating Skills in partnership with City of Bath College and the University of Bristol. There will be Deafblind Awareness courses in Bath on August 21st/22nd 2000 and Bristol on September 7/8th 2000 and a Guiding and Communicating course in Bristol during the first week of December 2000.

Deafblind Scotland.

Deafblind UK.

Deafblind UK Training Department.


CACDP refers to The Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People who are the assessing body for Deafblind Awareness, Communication and Guiding Skills and Interpreting Skills.  Written assessments are scheduled for the afternoon of the last teaching day of each course.

In order to book the CACDP assessments for the Communication and Guiding Skills course, participants must confirm their attendance by the following closing dates: Course 1 - May 21st to 25th - Closing date Monday 9th April.
Course 2 - October 22nd to 26th - Closing date Monday 10th September.

Entry for the CACDP assessment is a requirement of this course.  Both the course and resulting qualification are aimed to be vocational i.e. aimed at those who will be working as Communicator-Guides with deafblind people, or using similar skills in their work.  This means, therefore, that CACDP have entry criteria for the practical assessments which are also used as entry criteria for the course itself.  If you have any concerns over your suitability for the course or assessment, please contact the training department.

Please note that all course dates are subject to change.  Deafblind UK will endeavour to give as much advance warning as possible to participants booked onto courses and will also seek to offer alternative dates whenever possible.


RNIB Bristol Winter Seminars

A series of seminars on services for people with significant sight and hearing loss.

These seminars--arranged with the co-operation of Sense--will explore changes in service needs and provision that have come about in recent years as a result of the growing awareness of the right of deafblind people to social inclusion.

January 10--What happened at 19 and   March 7--Access to employment.

For further information please contact
Richard Lucas,
R N I B Bristol,
Stillhouse Lane,
Telephone 0117 953 7750

New Zealand.

DeafBlind New Zealand Incorporated Proudly Announces.

The Seventh Helen Keller World Conference In Conjunction with World Federation of the Deafblind First General Assembly is being held in Auckland New Zealand October 2001

Seventh Helen Keller World Conference in Conjunction with  World Federation of the Deafblind  First General Assembly  is Being held in Auckland New Zealand 7-12 October 2001.

Conference Theme What it means to be Deafblind- Identity, Rights, Unity
Conference Location

Registration Fees

Deafblind attendees $US50 or $NZ100
Interpreters travelling and/or working with Deafblind attendees $US50 or $NZ100
Others, not including professionals $US100 or $NZ200
Professionals $US138 or $NZ276

Accomodation at the Hotel
Room per night, sharing with another person $US39-50 or $NZ79
Room rate for six nights, Sunday to Friday inclusive $US237 or $NZ474

For full information on meals at the hotel, or any other enquiries please contact the  Conference Convenor Mrs J Scahill or the International Conference Committee at the above address.


Conference and Workshop on Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impairment.

Support Technologies for Independent Living and Work 28th -31st August, 2001 at Castelvecchio Pascoli, Italy

This first event in a new international conference series on Assistive Technologies and Rehabilitation Engineering supported by the European Commission will be held at the International Conference Centre at the Hotel Il Ciocco, Castelvecchio Pascoli (Lucca), Italy.  The conference event will take place 29th-31st, August 2001 with Tutorial Workshops being held on
Tuesday 28th August 2001 at the Conference Centre.  This First Call for Papers seeks regular conference papers (six A4 pages) on the following themes, as well as others relevant to the application of assistive technology to support independent living and working:

Timetable for Paper Submission and Conference Events
Abstracts (2A4 pages) due:    1st February, 2001
Review Decisions due:   16th March, 2001
Full papers and early registration due: 15th June, 2001
Tutorial day at CVH'2001:   28th August, 2001
Conference days of CVHI'2001:  29th-31st August, 2001

Abstract Layout
Abstract should be two A4 pages in length, one column, single line spacing and in Times New Roman font. The Author for Correspondence should be clearly identified at the top of the Abstract, and full postal, fax and email contact details given.  The contributions of the paper should be clearly stated in the Abstract, and a set of headings giving the outline contents of the paper given along with a short list of the literature cited in the paper. Papers will only be accepted if at least one author will
attend the Conference to present the work.

Abstracts should be sent to the Conference Secretariat to arrive by 1st February, 2001. They can either be emailed as a WORD document file to: OR, three paper copies should be sent by post to:  Ms. Vi. Romanes, Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ,Scotland, UK.

Conference Registration Fees and Accommodation Information This conference will be held at the International Conference Centre of the four-star hotel location Il Ciocco at Castelvecchio Pascoli (Lucca), Italy.

A visit to the hotel website will show the extensive and excellent facilities of the conference venue.    It is anticipated that the event will have a residential communal atmosphere.  The conference fee will therefore be low, since the hotel tariff is full board and will cover the provision of meeting rooms, refreshments and all meals.  Full details of the hotel tariff can be obtained by email from the conference secretariat:

Scientific Organising Committee
Chair: M. Hersh, Scotland, UK
O. Dias, Portugal
J. Gill, England, UK
Y. Hatwell, France
R. Hoffmann, Germany
E. Laukli, Norway
J.M. Pardo Muno, Spain
L.Pyfers, The Netherlands
Co-Chair:  C. Anderson, Sweden
J. Engelen, Belgium
F. Grandori, Italy
J. Hicks, England, UK
M.A. Johnson, Scotland, UK
G. Nicotra, Italy
H. Petrie, England, UK
D. Campbell, Scotland, UK

European Commission Support and Young Researcher Bursaries This series of EURO-ASSIST-VHI Conferences is supported by the European Commission under its Research Directorates Human Potential Programme: High Level Scientific Conference. The support was awarded to Dr. Marion Hersh (University of Glasgow, Scotland) and Professor Michael Johnson (University of Strathclyde, Scotland) who are key organisers of the Conference series.

Two conferences are currently planned; the first is this one in Italy in 2001 having as its theme Support Technologies for Independent Living and Work. A second one is planned for 2002 in Grenada, Spain with the theme, Accessibility, Mobility and Societal Integration. The European Commission support includes 20 bursaries for Young European Researchers for each
conference planned in the series.  To apply for a young researcher bursary please request an application form and associated application notes from the Conference Secretariat by email to: .

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