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Deafblind UK hosts virtual Deafblind Convention featuring world class speakers

September 14, 2022

A press release:

The virtual Deafblind Convention, hosted by Deafblind UK is back for its second year on 6th October. The event will comprise many well know international and UK based speakers who will focus on the topic of ‘Embracing Change’.

Like last year, this event will feature world class speakers who have a professional or personal interest in sight and hearing loss. CEO Steve Conway said: “It’s a real pleasure to bring you this event once again. Being deafblind means living with constant change; it’s an ever-evolving cycle that has no end point. From experiencing first symptoms to adapting to a global pandemic, sight and hearing loss changes lives. This event will explore how deafblindness forces change and how a changing world impacts deafblindness.”

Deafblind UK hosted the UK’s very first Deafblind Convention last year and over 700 delegates attended. This year is set to be no different, bringing people together to share thoughts, opinions, research, and experiences of living better with sight and hearing loss.

Delegates will be able to personalise their day by choosing from a wide range of insightful talks, giving a truly unique experience to all who attend.

Speakers include deafblind specialists such as Dr Peter Simcock and Dr Athur Theil from Birmingham City University, as well as global experts Kolbein Lyng, Else-Marie Svingen and Ishan Chakraborty.

Delegates have the chance to hear from the BBC’s research and development team about the work they are doing around accessibility, and from the Deafblind UK team themselves who will explore the affects of change on mental health, among many more. 

The keynote, by disability advocate Catarina Rivera, addresses three myths that block leaders from focusing on disability. It explores the emotions surrounding disability, and articulates a vision for the future of work that centers on disability inclusion. Catarina will also share tips for how you can influence other stakeholders to care about disability inclusion and accessibility.

This year’s event will include Deafblind UK’s ‘Stepping Forwards’ commendations; official recognition and thanks to certain people and organisations who have made gone over and above the call of duty to support Deafblind UK, and therefore the wider deafblind community, this year.

The event is free to join and is available to book online at: www.deafblind.org.uk/convention

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