Program

The theme for the conference is Sharing the Knowledge to ACT: Accessibility. Communication. Technology. "Now is your time to ACT!Each day of the conference will feature one of these three themes (ACT). 

The conference offers a rich and engaging program featuring worldwide perspectives on accessibility, communication and technology to empower the deafblind community. 

The below program outline is a guide only and can be used for booking travel to/from the conference.

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8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference DbI Network Workshop (optional): Usher Network

Usher Network

Cost for conference delegate: $120 per person (includes day catering) and can be selected when completing your online registration. Click here for information about registration. 

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference DbI Network Workshop (optional): CHARGE Network

CHARGE Network

Cost for conference delegate: $120 per person (includes day catering) and can be selected when completing your online registration. Click here for information about registration. 

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference DbI Network Workshop (optional): Communication Network

Communication Network

Cost for conference delegate: $120 per person (includes day catering) and can be selected when completing your online registration. Click here for information about registration. 

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference DbI Network Workshop (optional): Usher Network

Usher Network

Cost for conference delegate: $120 per person (includes day catering) and can be selected when completing your online registration. Click here for information about registration. 

9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Pre-Conference DbI Network Workshop (optional): Youth Network (DbIYN)

Youth Network (DbIYN)

Cost for conference delegate: $120 per person (includes day catering) and can be selected when completing your online registration. Click here for information about registration. 

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference DbI Network Workshop (optional): Research Network

Research Network

Cost for conference delegate: $120 per person (includes day catering) and can be selected when completing your online registration. Click here for information about registration. 

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Poolside, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort 

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8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Conference sessions

Accessibility is a quality of life and human rights issue. The accessibility panel will focus on elements that create accessibility for individuals to access the community, educational opportunities, recreation, the environment and positive interactions with family and friends. Speakers include: Christopher Woodfill (Associate ED, HKNC), Isabel Amaral (Consultant/Family Member), Maria Aparecida Nina Cormedi (Consultant) and Namita Jacob (ED, Chetana Trust). 

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10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

A global focus on access

Keynote speaker: Isabel Amaral (Consultant/Family Member)

Namita Jacob (Executive Director, Chetana Trust)

Maria Aparecida Nina Cormedi (Consultant)

Christopher Woodfill (Associate Exectuive Director, HKNC)

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Isabel Amaral (keynote) | Namita Jacob | Maria Aparecida Nina Cormedi | Christopher Woodfill

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

DbI Network Meetings

Network Meetings will be held during the conference program (part of your conference registration fee). Share knowledge and develop valuable partnerships with your international colleagues! 

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Conference sessions

Communication explores how the senses impact communication. The communication panel will focus on receiving and expressing emotions in a tactile way, emotionally intelligent communication, as well as mindfulness and emotional regulation for individuals who are deafblind. Speakers include: Mr. Atsushi Mori (Board Member, Tokyo Friendship Society of the Deafblind, International Cooperation Committee Member, Japan Deafblind Association), Jacqui Martin (COO & Senior Consultant, Langley Group), Heather Lawson (President, Deafblind Australia & Member, Deafblind Victorians) and Linda Hagood (Washington State School for the Blind). 

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8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

The interplay between communication and emotion

Keynote speaker: Jacqui Martin (COO & Senior Consultant, Langley Group)

Atsushi Mori (Board Member, Tokyo Friendship Society of the Deafblind, International Cooperation Committee Member, Japan Deafblind Association)

Heather Lawson (President, Deafblind Australia & Member, Deafblind Victorians)

Linda Hagood (Washington State School for the Blind)

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Jacqui Martin (keynote) | Atsushi Mori | Heather Lawson | Linda Hagood

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

DbI Network Meetings

Network Meetings will be held during the conference program (part of your conference registration fee). Share knowledge and develop valuable partnerships with your international colleagues! 

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Conference sessions

The Technology panel will explore the present, adaptations and possibilities of inclusive technology. The audience will be engaged and participate interactively in their session. Speakers include: Anindya Bhattacharyya (Bapin Group), Greg Alchin (Apple Ambassador & Inclusive Design Consultant, Alchin Consulting) and Wayne Hawkins (Disability Policy Advisor, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network). Moderated by Christopher Woodfill. 

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8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Inclusive, innovative technology: a strategy, tactic and operational perspective of technology and deafblindness

Panel moderated by Christopher Woodfill (Associate Exectuive Director, HKNC)

Wayne Hawkins (Disability Policy Advisor, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network)

Greg Alchin (Apple Ambassador & Inclusive Design Consultant, Alchin Consulting)

Anindya Bhattacharyya (Bapin Group)

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Wayne Hawkins | Greg Alchin | Anindya Bhattacharyya

6:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Conference Dinner

Ballroom, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort

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8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Conference sessions

Parent and research forums as well as a Global Report on Deafblindness will round out the program and provide a variety of perspectives on the conference themes. Deafblind International’s strategic priority of to Share Knowledge will also come through the Pre-Conference and Network Meetings. 

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12:00 PM to 12:45 PM

Conference closing remarks