Deafblind International (DbI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Kenya and other partners is pleased to announce the 1st DbI Africa Conference which will be held at the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) in Nairobi, Kenya from Thursday12th to Saturday 14th May 2022.

The conference theme is:  “Deafblind Reality in Africa: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals – Opportunities and Challenges”

The conference intends to bring together persons with deafblindness, parents, families, practitioners and researchers, policymakers, educational administrators, civil society organizations, and students to exchange and share experiences and evidence-based research findings on current achievements and practices as well as the existing opportunities for realizing inclusive education.

It is our pleasure to invite all to participate in the conference by submitting papers for presentation (face-to-face) or by attending as delegates virtually and contributing to discussions and debates within this vibrant event.

With the adoption of the Agenda 2030, attention has been drawn to leaving no one behind. Persons with disabilities through intensive advocacy have succeeded to break their invisibility in the MDGs to be included in the Sustainable Development Goals.However, persons with disabilities are not a homogenous group and some constituencies such as persons with deafblindness are very often much more marginalized.

Persons with deafblindness face multiple barriers such as lack of access to support services, accessible information, and assistive devices make it very difficult to even structure themselves in strong advocacy groups to voice their issues. They are often marginalized even within the disability movement and do not get a chance to engage in political participation and public life to claim their rights.

Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit their papers across the following four tracks:

Track 1: Families of Persons with Deafblindness  

Health, safety, and psychological support

Challenges and opportunities

Care and support

Track 2:  Education and Transition of Persons with Deafblindness 

Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC)

Educational Assessment

Early intervention


Teacher Education

ICT for SNE (DB)

Individualized Education Programme (IEP)

Track 3: CBR for Persons with Deafblindness  

Parental involvement

School Involvement

Community Involvement

Multisectoral Involvement

Track 4:  Research, Policy, and Advocacy  for Persons with Deafblindness  

Reaching the unreached

Research in DB

Types of policy in the area of DB

NGOs/CBO/FBO in advocating for persons with DB

Financing DB

Important Dates

Call for papers 11th  September        2021
Abstract submission deadline: 22nd  November        2021
Notification of acceptance or rejection: 14th  January            2022
Final paper and slides submission deadline: 28th  January            2022
Online Registration begins: 1st   February           2022
Conference dates: 12th  – 14th May        2022

Paper submission guidelines and registration for the conference can be found at

Abstracts, presentation slides, and final papers should be submitted online via email: ONLY.
Presentation formats should be in form of oral, poster, virtual, or workshop


Theme:  All submissions should be in line with the conference theme: Deafblind Reality in Africa: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals – Opportunities and Challenges based on the aforementioned tracks.

Conference formats

  • Presentation or Workshop
  • Posters

Abstract Format for presentation or workshop

  • Abstracts are limited to 250-300 words.
  • Include the abstract title, type of presentation, and author details with the address and email
  • The names and email addresses of the co-author (where we have two presenters).
  • Abstract keywords.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • The abstract should clearly indicate:
  • Abstract title, Abstract Track, and Author(s) contact details
  • Background and Objectives
  • Brief Description and Methodology
  • Findings/Lessons learned
  • Recommendations/ Way forward
  • Font- Times New Roman; Font size 12; single line space.
  • Tables and figures should not form part of the abstract as they shall be presented at the conference.
  • Any errors, spelling, or scientific fact shall be the sole responsibility of the author. 

Abstract Format for poster

  • One or more authors may be responsible for a poster
  • The author(s) have the poster printed (format A0; portrait) and hang it up in the designated area at the beginning of the conference.
  • The presentation of the poster will take 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Submissions for research posters must include the following:
  1. the names and e-mail addresses of the co-authorship
  2. the title of the poster presentation (max. 18 words)
  3. an abstract (250-300 words)
  4. keywords related to the poster presentation
  5. the thematic focus of the conference under which the poster falls.

Kindly note that:  The acceptance of an abstract does not imply the provision of travel, accommodation, or registration for the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract, or any costs associated with attendance at the conference.


  • Abstracts will be presented through the use of PowerPoint slides. (Projector and computer and external speakers will be provided). Face-to-face or virtually.
  • Presenters should send  their PowerPoint slides and associated media files to the Conference
  • No PowerPoint slides will be accepted for presentation unless accompanied by a full paper.
  • Presenters may be pre-recorded their sessions and send their files to the conference and will engage with their audience during the Q & A

For more information on the conference visit:  or contact the secretariat on

DbI Vision: To be the International association that promotes the awareness and knowledge of deafblindness as a unique disability and to influence appropriate services for people who are deafblind around the world.