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ADbN July 2012 Report
Liz Duncan reports:

The ADBN Co-ordinating group met at the end of March 2012 to continue planning for the Conference in Lund Sweden, November 7-10, 2012. Our main task was to review the workshop abstracts submitted and decide which ones would be accepted.

We had an amazing number of high quality submissions (50), the highest ever for this conference. Since only 30 places were available, some hard decisions were required. Consequently, because of the quality of the submissions and the range of subjects offered, the group made the radical decision to alter the programme to enable 36 different workshops to be held. Since some of the abstracts submitted complemented the planned plenary sessions, we have made changes where it was possible to enable different presenters to work together within plenary presentations.

The Coordinating group is also looking at ways of encouraging more networking, both during the Conference and outside Conference times. There will be some new ideas presented at the Conference, but we are also very keen to hear from anyone who has ideas about this, or who wants to do something, especially outside Conference times.

Perhaps you have some new ideas about work within Acquired Deafblindness that you want to explore with someone from another country, or you would like to know who is working on a particular topic? If so, please do get in contact with the Network via myself or any member of the coordinating group.

And on the subject of the Coordinating group, there have been several changes to the group over the last 18 months, so I thought I should advise who we are.

Liz Duncan, Chair – UK; Else Marie Svingen – Norway; Else Marie Jensen – Denmark; Henrik Brink – Sweden (Henrik is leading the local planning team for the conference); Christine Aktouche – France; Chrétienne van der Burg – The Netherlands and Kees Kuuyper – The Netherlands

We all work within Acquired Deafblindness, but have different experiences and work roles, which means that we can bring lots of different knowledge and understanding to the network – or at least we hope so!

We hope to meet some of you in Lund In November.

Liz Duncan, Chair, ADBN Co-ordinating group

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