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Romania set to welcome international experts to the 16th Deafblind International World Conference in May

1 May 2015

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The 16th World Conference of Deafblind International is set to welcome a host of internationally renowned key speakers to next month’s conference in Bucharest, Romania.

The first plenary will explore the human need to learn and develop and will be led by US based author of the influential business text, ‘The Curve Ahead: Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth’, Dave Power.

Dr Suzanne ZeedykThe second plenary will explore how people develop their identity and a feeling of belonging. Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, a research scientist who specialises in babies’ natural capacity to communicate, will lead the session on how this human need can be developed in people with disabilities.  

The third plenary on advocacy will explore how individuals and organisations can achieve change. This discussion is led by Lars Bosselmann, advocacy director at international Christian disability and development organisation, CBM.

Organised by Deafblind International, Sense International and Sense International (Romania), the conference will explore issues including the importance of learning and education, identity and belonging, advocacy and recognition of deafblindness as a distinct disability in various countries of the world.

Lars BosselmannThe conference which takes place on 25-30 May 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Bucharest, will bring together around 500 participants from all over the world including education, health, social services specialists, people with deafblindness, representatives of non-governmental organisations, and national and local authorities.

Commenting on the conference, James Thornberry, Director of Sense International said:

“The conference theme, ‘What is our future? Local solutions to common needs’, is a challenging one, as it tackles an important issue in the world of deafblindness – while the problems and the needs of people with deafblindness are the same all over the world, solutions identified locally to meet those needs are different, depending on local cultural, economical and social context. We look forward to welcoming internationally renowned speakers to talk and share ideas.”

The conference will include over 100 workshops, poster sessions, and discussions. Session topics include e-learning, digital technology, communication, development of inclusive and specialist services, implications of rare syndromes, mental health and family support amongst others. 

Further information and a full schedule is available on the conference website.

You can also register and purchase tickets on the website.


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