Deafblind Conference 2023 ‘Connected Lives’

Our 2023 conference

The Deafblind Conference 2023, a digital experience exploring how deafblindness impacts the world around us was a huge success. Talks were delivered by industry leaders in the technology, education, and research sectors. They delivered first-hand expert knowledge, insight and a lot of food for thought throughout the day.

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Continue to explore and follow our panel of world class speakers, many with lived experiences of deafblindness. They shared their stories, experiences, and insights into the wider impact of deafblindness.

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The conference delivered a wide range of insightful talks from speakers passionate about deafblindness. From deepening  professional understanding of deafblindness, to discussing updates on the latest research –  they had something for everyone!

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Keep talking

This was the largest conference for people with dual sensory loss - whether living with deafblindness, or supporting someone to working in this field. Make sure to share your thoughts, opinions and experiences of living better with deafblindness online and tag us using #DBCon23.

What happened on the day?

Inclusive Innovation | Christopher Patnoe, Google

Setting sights on the impossible | Alexandra Adams, UK's first deafblind doctor-to-be

Life with Superdogs | Megan Taylor, Fundraiser and member of Deafblind UK

More questions than answers - A school story | Dr Liz Hodges, Advisory Teacher and Deafblind UK Ambassador

How do we connect, support, and develop our workforce? | Representatives from Wiltshire Council, LAWDIG and Birmingham City University

Connecting as a parent living with Deafblindness | Kelly Taylor and Angela Priestly


Being Prepared: Going to hospital, getting older and living life | Dr Annmaree Watharow, The University of Sydney

State of the Art: Creative Tech for Access | Prof. Tracy Harwood, De Montfort University

Disability and Caregiving: A Narrative of Self-Discovery and Assertion | Poly & Ishan Chakraborty, Jadavpur University

A day in the life of a Support Worker | James Griffin and Peter Hopkins, Deafblind UK

Reconnecting after lockdown | Mike Wycherley, Carys Jones & James McVicker, Deafblind UK

The impact of Deafblind UK membership | Robert Nolan, Deafblind UK

Meet the speakers

Our panel of speakers joined us from all over the world. Each an expert in deafblindness, and accessibility, each with a different story to tell. Leaders in technology, education, research - and more! Together we focused on the topic of 'Connected Lives' diving into awareness, inclusivity and accessibility from technology to the school playground.

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Support Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK support people living with deafblindness, and the people around them, to live better with sight and hearing loss.

We ran this free event to help more people understand deafblindness and to ensure that those affected by the condition feel empowered and supported.

By donating a small amount, you can help to us to host more events like this and to continue the conversation about deafblindness.

From everyone at Deafblind UK, thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again in 2024!

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Call us on 0800 132320 or text us 07903572885
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