As Deafblindness is a low incidence disability the extent of activity in each country will not be enough to maintain a distinct identity for this field. International networking and the sharing of information is essential to the development of the deafblind field and to develop expertise among professionals working with people with Deafblindness. To learn from good practice we need to collaborate across national boundaries. Among its activities Dbl encourages and stimulates the development of networks – ADBN is the largest network recognised by DbI.

What does ADBN do? ADBN as a network is primarily about stimulating progress that will lift the quality of services in the field of Acquired Deafblindness. ADBN’s primary function is to organise seminars held every second year in different countries. The seminars are an arena for professionals within the field of Acquired Deafblindness to meet and develop understanding and professional relationships. Here is where the network really is alive. Networking means sharing each other’s knowledge, ideas and experiences and the seminars offer a common meeting framework.

The Coordinating Group of ADBN Arranging a big seminar every second year requires a lot of work, not least because the numbers of people travelling to the ADBN seminars is steadily growing. So a coordinating group is necessary! It is important to underline that the ADBN co-ordinating group is not the network. The meetings of the group consists primarily of the practical planning of the seminars, creating and evaluating the programs for these events and discussing how ADBN can continue to stimulate the sharing of knowledge, not only within Europe but also in the rest of the World.

The structure of the ADBN Coordinating Group The ADBN network has a Coordinating Group of no more than 8 members representing 6 or more different countries. No country may have more than 2 members in this group. The group meets twice a year in a different European location. Members are expected to gain the financial support of their respective organisations to join the group, attend meetings and to contribute fully to the work of the group. The language of the group is English. The Coordinating Group is represented on the Council of Dbl.

Aims of the ADBN The network exists to enable professionals within the field of Acquired Deafblindness to share and thereby develop best practice. The Coordinating Group supports this by:

  • Encouraging research and innovation in the development of services to people with Acquired Deafblindness.
  • Encouraging activities between members.
  • Organising international seminars every second year.
  • Participating in network events at DbI World and European conferences.

Plans of the ADBN Coordinating Group

  • Continue to improve the seminars and develop their status as an important meeting point for professionals around the world, thus platforming potential projects and co-operation between different countries.
  • Supporting information sharing between professionals and creating the opportunity for a “best practice catalogue”.
  • Maintaining the stature of the Coordinating Group, but sharing both the experiences of the group and the logo of the ADBN with other people in countries on other continents in order for them to form their own coordinating groups and organising their own conferences to build local networks within the field of Acquired Deafblindness all over the World. Our vision is for the development of ADBN network groups in Asia, North and South America and Africa and for sharing between the continents at regional conferences.
  • Enabling easy access to individual members of the Coordinating Group with proposals, questions, requests for help and other matters.

How to contact the ADBN Coordinating Group You are welcome to e-mail the members of the group. You can also let your enquiry go through the secretariat of the ADBN, currently supplied by Sense in the UK. Everyone within the field of acquired deafblindness is encouraged to take advantage of membership of ADBN.