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1st Asia Deafblind Conference

Venue: Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan
August 31 – September 3


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Announcement
First Asia Deafblind Conference

The first ever conference which aims to build network of persons with deafblindness in Asian region will be held with participation of persons with deafblindness themselves from different countries.

1 Name of the conference

First Asia Deafblind Conference

2 Objective of the conference

Deafblindness is not yet considered as one distinct disability in many Asian countries and very few organizations of persons with deafblindness exist. Japan Deafblind Association invites persons with deafblindness and their supporters from different countries in Asian region for this conference in order to initiate building regional network of organizations of persons with deafblindness.
This conference aims to promote well-beings of persons with deafblindness in Asian region by sharing experience and knowledge of persons with deafblindness themselves and their supporters including Interpreter-Guides.

3 Organizaer

Japan Deafblind Association

4 Sponsor

Nippon Foundation

5 Dates

From August 31 to September 3, 2018

6 Venue

Makuhari Messe International Convention Hall
2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, 261-8550 Japan

7 International participants (countries to be invited)

6 countries (18 participants) from Asian region are planning to be invited.
(Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan, and India)
The total number of international participants is expected to be 40 from 8 countries including self-fund participants.

8 Others

This conference is will be held in parallel with the 27th Japan National Assembly of the Deafblind that brings persons with deafblindness from all over Japan. International participants of the conference and the participants of the assembly will be encouraged to exchange.

【Contact】

Japan Deafblind Association
Attention to: Yamashita, Hashima, Kobayashi
Tel:+81-3-5287-1140 Fax : +81-3-5287-1141 E-mail : info@jdba.or.jp

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Agenda

August 31 (Friday) Friendship Day : to know each other
September 1 (Saturday) Presentation Day:to talk about ourselves
September 2 (Sunday) Communication Day:to enjoy communication
September 3 (Monday) Envisioning Day:to make plan for future


Day1
August 31 (Friday) - Friendship Day

9:30 registration

10:00-12:00 Item 1: Opening of the First Asia Deafblind Conference

Venue: 302
Person in charge:Akiko Fukuda

  • 10:00-11:00
    • (1) Miscellaneous announcement
      • Checking interpreters’ system, introduction of participants, explanation of handouts, explanation of conference schedule: Akiko Fukuda
  • 11:00-11:10 Break
  • 11:10-12:00
    • (2) Opening Declaration:Satoshi Fukushima
    • (3) Greeting from Nippon Foundation: Yasunobu Ishii
    • (4) Greeting from the World Federation of the Deafblind: Puspa Raj Rimal

12:00-14:00 Lunch/Break

14:00-16:00 Item 2: Opening ceremony of the 27th Japan National Assembly of the Deafblind

Venue: Convention Hall (2nd Floor)

16:00-17:00 Break

17:00-20:00 Item 3: Welcome Party (with participants of the Japan National Assembly)

Venue: Hotel New Otani Nakuhari, Tsuru (2nd Floor)

Day 2
September 1 (Saturday) - Presentation Day

9:00-12:00 Item 4: Free discussion

Venue: 203
Person in charge: Akiko Fukuda
Contents:
Greeting from Board Director: Yasushi Manago
Discussion: What are the key barriers we deafblind people face?
(we will have a 10-minute break twice during 3 hours’ session)

12:00-14:00 Lunch/Break

14:00-17:00 Item 5: Presentation(with participants of the Japan National Assembly)

Venue: International Conference Room (2nd floor)
MC: Akiko Fukuda
Contents:

  • 14:00-15:00 Part1
    • Greeting from MC (5 min): Akiko Fukuda
    • Greeting from Representative of Asia, World Federation of the Deafblind(5min): Satoshi Fukushima
    • Malaysia (10 min) : Guat Lay Kong ”My life experience as Deafblind in Malaysia”
    • Uzbekistan (10 min) : Sojida Tadjiyeva ”My life experience as Deafblind in Uzbekistan”
    • Uzbekistan (10 min) : Guzal Shodieva ”Situation of persons with deafblindness in Uzbekistan and work of Tashkent Cultural Center for the Deaf”  
    • Q&A (20min)
  • 15:00-15:10 Break
  • 15:10-16:00 Part 2
    • Korea (15 min) : Wonseok Jo “My experience, Life of the Deafblind in Korea, and Hold Hands for Persons with Deafblindness”
    • India (5 min) : Pradeep Sinha “My experience and SEDB (Society for the Empowerment of Deafblind)”
    • Q&A (20 min)
  • 16:10-17:00 Part 3
    • Singapore (10 min) : Foo Wei Yin (Francis) ”My life experience as Deafblind in Singapore”
    • Singapore (10 min) : Yee Chen Loh (Lisa) ”Situation of person with deafblindness in Singapore”
    • Nepal (10min ) : Puspa Raj Rimal “Situation of persons with deafblindness and Deafblind Association Nepal (DAN)”
    • Q&A, closing (20 min)

17:00-18:00 Break

18:00-20:00 Item 6: Free discussion

Venue: 302
Person in charge: Akiko Fukuda
Contents may include:

  • - Reflection of the presentations (Item 5)
  • - Continue from Item4
  • - How to form deafblind group/organization?
  • - What are the roles of the Deafblind?
  • - What are the roles of interpreters? Interpreter-Guides?
  • - What are the roles of supporters? etc

Day 3
September 2 (Sunday) - Communication Day

9:00-15:00 Item 7 Option 1 : excursion
9:00-16:00 Item 7 Option 2 : Japanese National Aseembly of the Deafblind(workshop, plenary session, closing ceremony etc)

Option 1 has a Japanese-English interpreting service
For those who chose Option 2, you do not need to sign up for workshops but there will be no English-Japanese interpretation or English-captioning services in principle.

  • Satoshi Fukushima will be in Makuhari Messe but his morning schedule is booked. You may find him easier in the afternoon if you want to talk with him.
  • Akiko Fukuda will be in Makuhari Messe all day.
  • Atsushi More will be in Makuhari Messe all day.

Day 4
September 3 (Monday) - Envisioning Day

9:00-12:00 Item 8: International meeting: Wrap-up and closing

Venue: 302
Person in charge: Atsushi Mori
Contents:

  • 9:00-11:00 Free talk and discussion
    • 1) How each country would like to work in the future?
    • 2) What are the necessary actions to take to build Asia Deafblind Network (Network of Deafblind organizations in Asia)? How do we collaborate?
    • 3) Information related to the World Federation of the Deafblind
  • 11:30-12:00 Closing

12:00- Item 9: Farewell Lunch and Group photo

Venue: 302
Person in charge: Atsushi Mori

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