Who we are

We are an international not-for-profit membership organisation focused on deafblindness. We are connecting individuals who are deafblind, their families, professionals, researchers, developers, service-organisations, libraries, universities, national and international agencies and any other relevant partner in the field.  We have a constitution and are managed by a volunteer Board from around the globe.  We are passionate on bringing together and connecting all the relevant players in the field: To make a real difference in the lives of people with deafblindness around the world.

To be the international association which promotes the awareness of deafblindness as a unique disability, and to promote the development of appropriate services for deafblind people around the world.

To support deafblind and their families, and professionals (educators, administrators, researchers, medical specialists) and to raise awareness of deafblindness. Central to our work is to support the development of services to ensure quality of life for deafblind people across the lifespan.

  • To enhance organisational capacity to meet the needs of deafblind people.
  • To influence the development of services for the benefit of deafblind people and their families around the world.
  • To facilitate the creation and dissemination of current knowledge by facilitating improved communication and networking, and to encourage improvements in the implementation of effective, evidence-based practice.
  • Developing a robust, diverse and inclusive international membership.
  • Ensuring the international recognition of deafblindness as a unique disability.
  • Influencing the development of services to improve the lives of people who are deafblind.
  • Raising the awareness of DbI as an international organisation within and in collaboration with existing international structures and partners to advocate for people who are deafblind.
  • Promoting, establishing and supporting regional and international specialized focus area networks.
  • Supporting the growing information needs of the membership and the international community of professionals and deafblind people.
  • Promoting a system of conferences that are accessible to the international field of deafblindness.


Worldwide Membership


Countries Represented


Worldwide Deafblind Population (approx.)


Staff & Volunteers


DbI’s Strategy for the period covering 2019 to 2023 was developed during the 17th DbI World Conference in Australia.

It is all about connection:

  • Proactive internal and external communication
  • Collaboration with relevant international organisations
  • Stimulating research and mutual learning
  • Enhancing our culture of diversity and inclusion

Have a look at the vision, the strategy and the corresponding goals 2019/2020.


  • To encourage the development of professional networks and opportunities for association and learning to the benefit of people who are deafblind and their families.
  • To enable interaction between people who are deafblind and their families; and professionals and organisations in the field and the broader community.
  • To promote and improve education and opportunities for personal and professional development for people who are deafblind.
  • To encourage support and services for people who are deafblind that lead to self-determination and enhanced quality of life.
  • To disseminate information to promote and improve the quality of services for people who are deafblind, by encouraging research, staff development and training, and policies that lead to effective, evidence-based practice.

DbI constitution

This constitution was agreed unanimously by the final meeting of the outgoing Executive Committee of DbI on Friday 18 July 1997 in Madrid, Spain, at the time of the 4th European Conference on Deafblindness. It was further amended by the DbI Council at a meeting in Athens, Greece, on 21st September 2002. These amendments were approved by the General Assembly held at the World Conference in Canada on Wednesday 6th August 2003.

Further amendments were then agreed by the DbI Council at a meeting in the Netherlands on 28th February 2004, Kuala Lumpur 18 July 2006 and Perth 25 September 2007. These amendments were approved by the General Assembly held at the World Conference in Perth on Wednesday 26 September 2007. Further amendments were then agreed by the DbI Council at a meeting in Senigallia on Tuesday 22nd September 2009. These amendments were approved by the General Assembly held at the European Conference in Senigallia on Thursday 24th September 2009

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