Benidorm to become centre of deafblind issues

WELCOME: Members of FASOCIDE meeting Queen Letizia (far right) earlier in the year when the Benidorm event was announced ©FASOCIDE

MENTION the name Benidorm and it is immediately associated with sun and tourism.  However, an unexpected but nevertheless extra string to the city’s bow will shortly be added as they will be the centre of the world of deafblind issues.

From June 19 to 27, the iconic Gran Hotel Bali is the venue chosen to host two international meetings organised by the World Federation of the Deafblind (WEDB).  They are the ‘V General Assembly’ and the ‘XI Helen Keller World Conference’ and will feature representatives from more than 30 countries who themselves represent the almost three million deaf-blind people across the world, and share their experiences.

The WFDB – to which the Federation of Deafblind Associations of Spain (FASOCIDE) belong – is an international non-governmental organisation that began in 2001.  It aims to improve the quality of life of people with the condition and to achieve equality in society.

An expected 200 deafblind people, accompanied by their guides / interpreters / companions, will be in Benidorm for the eight days taking part in a series of seminars, excursions and dinners raising awareness of the condition that affects 6,000 people in Spain.

The well-known Spanish National Blind Organisation (ONCE) has already confirmed that will take part in the inauguration events.

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