Division on Visual Impairments


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29 VIDBE-Q Volume 63 Issue 3 Adam Graves DeafBlind Education Specialist Texas School for the Blind gravesa@tsbvi.edu On April 14-18 Deafblind International (DbI), an organization dedicated to improving services and quality of life for individuals who are DeafBlind around the world, held a Conference of the Americas at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The conference brought together family members, professionals, support staff and individuals who are DeafBlind from 26 countries across North and South America, as well as Europe and Africa. It was the largest conference on DeafBlindness held in the Americas since the 15 th DbI World conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2011. Among the sponsors for the conference were Perkins School for the Blind and The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB). The conference was dedicated to Dr. Jan van Dijk, who had planned on attending as one of the keynote speakers until his unfortunate passing on January 23, 2018. Dr. van Dijk's work with individuals who are DeafBlind has been well documented and one was keenly aware of his influence on the field throughout the conference proceedings. Several of the keynote Reflections on DeafBlind International Conference of the Americas

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