Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Deafblind International Communication Network Webinars

Deafblind International is offering a webinar series based on the series of booklets Communication and Congenital Deafblindness and aimed at family members of children and adults who were born with deafblindness or those with limited language (speech or sign) who wish to develop their own communication skills and the skills of their deafblind family member.  Each webinar will be interactive and will have a maximum of 30 participants. Registrations are essential.

DBI webinar flyer

Webinar 1: Early social interaction

Making contact, Body distance, Sharing attention, How to be responsive to:

  • Utterances and initiatives – sounds, movements, gestures
  • Emotional signals

Video examples will be used and each group will have the opportunity to analyse the videos to see what is working well in each interaction.

Africa / Europe Wednesday 28th April, 1 – 4pm GMT + 1 (Paris, Cape Town)


  • Saskia Damen, Royal Dutch Kentalis and University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Hellen Shakele, Zambia;

Facilitator: Helle Buelund Selling, Center for Deafblindness and Hearing loss, Denmark

To register: Email


Australia / Asia Tuesday 27th April, 1 – 4pm GMT + 10 (Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane)

Presenters: Melanie Robartson, Senses Australia, Meredith Prain, Able Australia

Facilitator: Meredith Prain, Able Australia

To register: Email


Americas/ Thursday 29th April, 1 to 4 pm GMT – 6 (New York, Montreal)

Presenters: Rachel Kavanagh, Canada and Maria Aparecida Cormedi, Brazil

Facilitator: Helle Buelund Selling, Center for Deafblindness and Hearing loss, Denmark 

To register: Email:


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Event Date: 

Apr 27, 2021 to Apr 29, 2021