The meeting has focused on the analysis of the data obtained by each country and also on the discussion about the strategy of political impact that the application of the conclusions inferred from the project must guarantee.
On the 24 and 25 February, the fourth meeting of the project “European Deafblind Indicators” has taken place at the Royal Dutch Kentalis, in the city of Den Bosch (The Netherlands). Twenty-five people belonging to the ten participant organizations have attended this event.
At this point of the project which has been developing for two years, tests about the situation of deafblind people from 26 European countries have been collected. Regarding this big amount of data, in this meeting we have prioritized working in groups, with the aim of coming to conclusions corresponding to the different dimensions.
Topics regarding writing the final report, the presentation of this report in the next congress which will take place in Barcelona and also the completion of the European Grundtvig project have been discussed, within the frame of this cooperation.
One of the most relevant facts has been the development of a group devoted to define a strategy of impact to be continued after the report and the Grundtvig project will be finished. With the goal of guarantee the utility of the project, this group will establish a schedule of political actions and also will write suggestions with the aim of allowing the contributors of each country to use this book when dealing with their administrations, and so, accomplish the mainly aim of this project: to improve the situation of deafblind people in Europe.
With this hope in mind, participants are preparing the next meeting, which will take place in Barcelona on the 19 and 20 June. On these days, during the International Congress on Deafblindness organized by APSOCECAT, the results will be presented in an official event.
As part of the activities in Den Bosch, our hosts invited us to visit their facilities, where the participants could meet the professionals working there, and also some of the deafblind people who are attended in these rehabilitation services.