It is with great pride that we present our new anniversary logo, celebrating 40 years as an independent association! Congratulations and thank you to everyone past and present who has helped to shape this amazing organization.
In 1965, during the second international deafblind seminar (Kalundborg, Denmark), a proposal was made to be part of The International Council of Educators of Blind Youth (ICEBY), which was the education committee within The World Council for the Welfare of the Blind (WCWB). The proposal was sanctioned, and was valid from the third international conference (Sint-Michielsgestel, Holland) in 1968.
With the names changing, The International Council for the Education of the Visually Handicapped (ICEVH), became the natural partner. This council had a sub-committee called The International Committee for the Education of the Deaf-Blind (ICEDB), which was responsible for the international deafblind seminars up to and including 1976. On September 3rd 1976, IAEDB was established with its own constitution at the sixth international seminar in Sydney, Australia.
DbI brings together professionals, researchers, families, people who are deafblind and administrators to raise awareness of deafblindness. Central to our work is to support the development of services to enable a good quality of life for children and adults of all ages who are deafblind.
Membership of DbI is open to organisations, institutions, networks and individuals.
OUR VISIONTo be the international association which promotes the awareness of deafblindness as a unique disability and to influence for appropriate services for people who are deafblind around the world.
professionals (such as
specialists etc) families
and people who are deafblind to
raise awareness of
deafblindness. Central to
our work is to support the
development of services to
enable a good quality of
life for children
and adults of all
ages who are deafblind.
capacity to meet the needs
of people who are deafblind.
Influence the development of services for the benefit of people who are deafblind and their families around the world.
DbI will encourage improvements in practice and creation of new knowledge by facilitating improved communication and networking.
DbI is proud to partner with the following international organisations
(click the logo to visit their website):
International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment
The World Federation of the Deafblind
WHAT'S NEWDownload three new brochures, view announcements on upcoming events, read new documents...
DBI CONFERENCE MATERIALSRead and view photos and papers from the 16th DbI World Conference in Romania
MICHAEL COLLINSNamed to Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
CALENDAR OF EVENTSView a list of upcoming conferences, events and activities around the world.
IN MEMORIAMHere you will find a list of memorial notices from individuals associated with the deafblind community.
DBI REVIEW SPANISHClick the link below to read about the Spanish translation of DbI Review.
PUBLICATIONS IN OTHER LANGUAGESA list of documents that have been published in their native langugage.
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