Deafblind Convention 2022 ‘Embracing Change’
The hugely popular Deafblind Convention is back and bigger than ever! Join us for a digital experience exploring how deafblindness forces us to change and how a changing world impacts deafblindness, delivered by industry leaders in the technology, education, and research sectors.
6th October 2022, online event
Explore our panel of world class speakers, many with lived experiences of deafblindness. They’re ready to share their stories, experience, and insight into living better with deafblindness and the continual changes it brings.
Choose from a wide range of insightful talks from speakers who are passionate about deafblindness. From deepening your professional understanding of deafblindness, to keeping updated on the latest research – we have something for you!
Join the largest convention for people with dual sensory loss - whether you're living with deafblindness, supporting someone who does or working in this field. Come and share your thoughts, opinions and experiences of living better with deafblindness.
How it works
This is an online event, so you can join us for as much or as little as you like - all from the comfort of your own home. Your free ticket gives you full access to all the live talks, as well as access to downloadable talks to watch on demand.
Personalise your day by choosing from a wide variety of talks, for an experience that's unique to your interests.
All you need to do is sign up using the online form, and we will contact you closer to the time with all the details, schedule and links to view the talks.
Here are all our speakers and topics for the day:
- Accessibility at the BBC
Alan Boyde and Matt Paradis, BBC
- Understanding the perceptions and experiences of the deafblind community about digital games
Arthur Theil, Birmingham City University
- The impact of Covid 19 on deafblind assessments
Dr Pete Simcock, Birmingham City University
- Representing deafblindness
Drena O’Mally, Deafblind Scotland
- Experiencing the Muslim culture as a deafblind person
Imtiaz Naqvi, Deafblind UK member
- Experiencing education as a deafblind student
- The future of work must prioritise disability inclusion
Catarina Rivera, Deafblind Advocate
- Identifying areas and goals of rehabilitation in aquired Deafblindness: A dialogical approach
Kolbein Lyng (Psychologist) and Else-Marie Svingen (Specialist Consultant in deafblindness)
- Living through change
Robert Nolan, Deafblind UK
- The impact of the Usher Camp
Chloe Joyner, Usher Kids UK
- Using Counselling manage change
Hayley Headington, Deafblind UK
- Embracing change through technology
Tim Locke, Deafblind UK
We want to make sure everyone has a great experience at the Deafblind Convention.
BSL interpreters, lipspeakers and captions will be available at all talks on the day.
If you have any questions about accessibility at this event, please contact us and we'll be happy to help. You can email us at email@example.com or call us on 0800 132320.
Meet our panel of speakers
Our panel of speakers represents leaders in technology, education and research - and more! Together we'll focus on the topic of 'Embracing Change'. Here you can find out more about each speaker, their career and interests.
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Birmingham City University
In addition to teaching on BSc and MSc Social Work courses, Peter is also the Course Lead for the Certificate and Diploma in Professional Studies (Deafblind Studies).
Peter is the current Chair of the Deafblind International Acquired Deafblindness Network (ADBN). He is delighted to be an Ambassador for Deafblind UK, especially as his interest in the field began when working as a volunteer communicator-guide for the charity in the late 1990s.
Senior R&D Engineer, BBC Audio Team
Matthew’s work is focused on delivering new responsive and interactive audio experiences predominantly in the browser.
Founder, Usher Kids
Chloe founded Usher Kids in 2017. Usher Kids is a national charity, championing the needs of children and families living with Usher syndrome. With her unique insight and passion, she is a powerful advocate who helps families overcome challenges and articulates patient perspectives. Chloe builds strong collaborations within charity, research, education and clinical sectors to deliver new and improved services and resources to address previously unmet needs within the community.
Catarina works with companies to improve accessibility and inclusion, retain employees, and design better products. Catarina has worn hearing aids from a young age and was diagnosed with progressive vision loss at 17 years old.
Lecturer, Birmingham City University
Drena O’Malley is recognised for her continuous work with deaf and deafblind people for over 30 years.
Kolbein Lyng is a psychologist and retired professor of Health Sciences. He collaborated with Else Marie Svingen to develop a screening tool for the identification of severe dual sensory loss in old age (SDSL).
He has also lead a project on aging and autism at the Autism Unit at the University of Oslo.
Specialist Consultant in deafblindness
Else Marie Svingen is a Special Educator recently retired from the field of dual sensory impairment and deafblindness where she has worked since the1980s. She is a former Head of the unit at Statped in Oslo where she contributed significantly to the fields of acquired and congenital deafblindness through her research, teaching, rehabilitation work, professional training and management. Her research work focused on the quality of service provision for elderly people with dual sensory loss, in close collaboration with Kolbein Lyng.
Deafblind UK member
Get your free tickets
This event is free, whether you're living with deafblindness, supporting someone who does or a professional working in the field of sensory loss. All you need to do is register for a ticket and we will send you details of how to access all the talks.