Call for Papers

The Scientific Committee is excited to announce the conference theme for the 17th Deafblind International World Conference is: “Sharing the Knowledge to ACT: Accessibility. Communication. Technology. Now is your time to ACT!

Whether you are an individual who is deafblind, a family member, an academic or a professional, we encourage you to consider submitting an abstract. The goal of the conference is to capture a variety of perspectives, research, and best practices in deafblindness.

Key dates

Here are some upcoming timelines to keep in mind as you begin the submission process:

Abstract Submission: now closed

The Call for Papers is now closed. Thank you to all authors who submitted abstracts. Notifications will be sent via email to the submitting authors in November, 2018.

If you have a question regarding the paper you submitted, contact the Scientific Committee at

Abstract Review: September 13 – October 31, 2018

Once abstracts have been submitted, the Scientific Committee will review them, carefully considering their merits based on a clear set of guidelines. Each abstract will be reviewed for a match to the conference themes (Accessibility. Communication. Technology) and applicability to the goals of the conference. 

Approval of Abstract: November 1 – 30, 2018

The Scientific Committee will send letters of acceptance to applicants selected to present at the conference along with additional details about the expected format and accessibility guidelines for presentations.

Registrations open December 1, 2018

Registrations for the conference open December 1. All selected applicants are required to register no later than February 28, 2019. Registration details will be available on the conference website at a later date.

Presentation submission: February 1 – March 31, 2019 

All applicants selected to present at the conference will need to send in their presentations to the Scientific Committee by uploading it to the online portal. Any presentations not uploaded will be disqualified. Submitting your presentation on time will help us with our planning, especially when working to accommodate any accessibility requests.