Acquired Deafblindness Network Conference 2014

ADbN conference logos: Life, Love and Laughter, ADBN, Sense, Deafblind International

Dates: 4 - 7 November 2014,  apply online now
Venue: The Holiday Inn, Belfast
Theme: Life, Love and Laughter
Prices: Full conference - individual £420
            Full conference - communication support professional £320
            Day conference - £95 per day for individuals and communication support
            Discount rate Health and Social Care Trust staff from Northern Ireland - £50 per day

Acquired deafblindness conference

The Acquired Deafblindness Network (ADbN), of which Sense's Liz Duncan is Chair, enables professionals within the field of acquired deafblindness to share and thereby develop best practice.

Apply now

Applications for the 2014 ADbN conference are now open. You can apply online or email or call 020 7014 9305 for alternative formats.

On Tuesday 4 November, registration will open at 1.30 pm and a welcome reception will take place at 7pm at the Holiday Inn Belfast, including a performance by the DbI Youth Network.

Conference programme

Download the programme for day 1 (Word)
Download the programme for day 2 (Word)
Download the programme for day 3 (Word)

Deafblind International pre-conference on Usher syndrome

The pre-conference presented by the Deafblind International (DbI) Usher Network will be held on 3 and 4 November 2014.

We are planning an exciting programme concentrating on the ADbN conference theme of “Life, Love and Laughter”.

Confirmed speakers at the pre-conference so far include:

  • Professor Andrew Webster, Professor of Molecular Ophthalmology at University College (UCL) London and consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Professor Webster will be presenting a clinical perspective on Usher and treatments.
  • Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz, Professor of Clinical and Molecular Genetics at UCL will lead a presentation on current Usher research.
  • Liz Hodges and Liz Ellis from the University of Birmingham will present the results of their research project, Life and Change with Usher.
  • Megan Mann from Sense UK will present 'Usher, An Emotional Journey'.
  • Mark Dunning, from the USA, will present on the power of the Usher community.

Download the Usher Network pre-conference programme (Word)

Please register your interest in attending this pre-conference by contacting the DbI Usher Network through Emma Boswell, Sense Usher Coordinator, at

If other Deafblind International Networks are interested in a pre-conference in Belfast, please contact Liz Duncan.

Call for abstracts

Theme-related conference workshop abstracts are now welcomed and should be forwarded for the attention of Liz Duncan.

For abstract and workshop guidance please download our instructions for preparing and submitting abstracts for workshops (PDF)


First published: Friday 3 January 2014
Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2015