Heartly welcome to The 5th WFDB General Assembly and 11th Helen Keller World Conference 19-27 June 2018 at Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm, Spain.


3nd Announcement – Changing of “Early bird registration” and information about discount on the Hotel bill.


This 3rd announcement is almost the same as the 2nd announcement. But there is two informations that is important to get knowledge of.

  • The date for “early bird” registration is postponed to 15th of March. Those who already paid the higher fee will get money back either by bank transfer or in cash at the conference.
  • After discussions with the Hotel have been decided that all that have paid full conference fee, that includes both Welcome- and Gala dinner and have registered for full pension (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) will get a discount on the hotel bill on € 7 per dinner the 19th and 27th.

In the 2nd announcement that you can read here, there is practical information for the Conference and for costs. To the right you also have links to registration form for the Conference, hotel accommodation and airport transfers. There is also the document ”call for application” for those who would like to have some workshop or lecture and preliminary schedule for the Conference and agenda for the GA.

Later on, it will also be published information about excursions that will be offered 23rd of June and for the Celebration of deafblind day 27th of June.

2nd Announcement

The 5th General Assembly of The World Federation of the Deafblind (WFDB) and the 11th Helen Keller World Conference (HKWC) will be held at Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm, Spain, 19th to 27th of June 2018.

Hosting organization

FASOCIDE – Federación de Asociaciones de Personas Sordociegas de España (Spanish Federation of Associations of Deafblind People).

Dates and programme

18-19th of June: Arrival and regional meetings
19th of June at the evening: Reception dinner
20th – 21std of June: WFDB GA
22nd of June NOLB
23rd of June: Excursion day
24th – 26th of June: HKWC
27th of June: International Deafblind Day celebration and 50th Helen Keller Anniversary

27th Evening: Galadinner
28th of June: Departure

Conference fee

There are three different conference fees depending on the length for participation.

The conference fee for the whole Conference, 19th-27th will be:

– 300 € per person for all participants

The fee will include welcome dinner on the 19th, Gala dinner the 27th, coffee/tea breaks during the meeting days, water during the conference, excursions the 23rd

and conference material

  • The conference fee only for the Helen Keller Conference, 24th-26th will be:

– 150 € per person.

The fee will include coffee/tea breaks during the meeting days, water during the conference and conference material.

The conference fees do not include lunches and dinners, airport transfers, Visa, vaccination or other personal expenses. Room reservations including breakfast, lunch, dinner and eventual airport transportations must be made separate by the participants. See more information in the part Venue later in this document.

  • The cost for one-day participation will be

– 50 € including lunch, coffee/tea breaks and water.

Family members who do not participate in the conference have to pay their own costs.

Separate registration and reservation forms are available for download at our website www.wfdb.eu

Airport transfer between Alicante Airport and Hotel Gran Bali is available for the price of 12 € one way, and may be booked using the hotel reservation form when booking rooms at the hotel.

Sponsored Participants

The WFDB is happy to announce that there will some funds available to support participants from member organizations in the Global South through donors. Maximum one participant with deafblindness including interpreter/assistant per country may be supported. If you need support, please contact the conference secretariat at: info.ga-hkwc2018@wfdb.eu as soon as possible. Please ensure to state the names of both yourself and your assistants/interpreter-guide(s), your country of origin and your support needs in your request.


Spain is a part of the Schengen area in Europe. Passport holders from many countries need Visa to entry the country. At the website “Schengen Visa services” https://www.schengenvisa.cc/ you can see which countries inhabitants that need to apply for Visa. There is also information about the Visa procedure and what is needed to get a Visa. Be aware of that the Visa process can take up to three months in some embassies. You also will need an invitation letter to the conference, so please let us know as soon as possible if you need an invitation letter.

Conference theme

With the main topic: “Our rights; Our Voice; We lead the Way” the 11th HKWC 2018 will focus on strengthening human rights, democracy and equality through full and equal inclusion of persons with deafblindness in all aspects of the global, regional, national and local society in which we live.

A “Call for application” have been sent out to all organizations and is also possible to read at our website.


Welcome to the 5th WFDB General Assembly and the 11th HKWC 2018


On behalf of Mr Geir Jensen, WFDB President,

Christer Nilsson, Treasurer WFDB

Questions regarding the conference shall be sent to info.ga-hkwc2018@wfdb.eu


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