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Parliamentary launch for first global report on deafblindness

23 November 2018

Alison Marshall giving a speech with a Sense International banner in the background.

In June and September this year we already reported on the landmark global report on the lived experiences of people with deafblindness, which was produced by the World Federation of the Deafblind (WFDB) in cooperation with Sense International.

With the full report finalised an important task was to share the findings and recommendations with politicians, policymakers and other stakeholders, so that the world-wide inequalities described in the report can be addressed. That’s why on Monday, 19th November, Sense International held a launch event in the House of Lords.

Geir Jensen (President of the World Federation of the Deafblind) speaking to Lord LowLord Low hosted the event. Having been blind since the age of three, he is a great supporter of Sense and also visited Sense International’s work in Kenya. He welcomed Lord Bates (Minister of State for the Department of International Development) who spoke about his department’s support both for Sense International’s screening and early intervention work in Kenya and Uganda, and for the ‘My Turn to Learn’ project on inclusive education and opportunities to work for children and young people with deafblindness in Bangladesh. Geir Jensen, President of the WFDB, eloquently made the case for official recognition of deafblindness as a unique disability, for the provision of interpreter-guides for people with deafblindness, and for support for the work of the Federation.

Alison Marshall, Director of Sense International, described the main findings and recommendations of the report and illustrated how these validate the day to day work of Sense International around the world.

Alison Marshall (Director Sense International) talking to Lord LowWhat happens next?

The WFDB, in cooperation with Sense International, aims to publish follow-up reports every four years until 2030, to monitor progress on realising the rights of persons with deafblindness according to both the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You can read the full report at:

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019