Tactile language spoken

Aalborg water front

Aalborg Music House

Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center - AKKC

Smiling child with congenital deafblindness

Aalborg water front

Smiling young man with congenital deafblindness

Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center - AKKC

Person with acquired deafblindness climbing a wall

Meet the organizers


The Center for Døvblindhed og Høretab (Centre for Deafblindness and Hearing Loss, CDH). 

The CDH is a service for both children, young people and adults with either congenital deafblindness or hearing loss, which are our two professional fields. Structurally, the CDH is organized in the North Denmark Region and is thus a regional organization with its headquarters in Aalborg. But in various ways we serve the whole country.

Mission: Providing the best conditions possible for the children, young people and adults associated with the CDH to master their own lives with the preconditions that they have.

Vision: CDH wish to live up to and to be known for and recognised for having a leading role within the professional areas of deafblindness and hearing loss in Denmark. CDH will set the agenda regarding development of these our two areas of specialisation.

Values: Professionalism, respect and credibility.

For further details, see www.cdh.rn.dk


Nordic Welfare Centre (NVC) contributes to the promotion of deafblind men’s and women’s equal opportunities and participation in society through collecting, developing and disseminating knowledge about deafblindness to staff and organizations working for and with persons with deafblindness.This is done through a Nordic interdisciplinary networking. NVC also facilitates knowledge about the causes and consequences of deafblindness, (re)habilitation as well as communication in general to practitioners, government and researchers. The assignment includes training, development and documentation work, cooperation on the establishment and expansion of services to persons with deafblindness in the Nordic region as well as a European and international cooperation.

The deafblind branch of the Nordic Welfare Centre shall:

  • Provide a Nordic education, which supports and completes national education.
  • Act as a facilitator of information and knowledge on deafblindness.
  • Gather information about deafblindness and maintain an international network of contacts within the deafblind field to gather and disseminate the latest knowledge.
  • Initiate and coordinate development and documentation work for the improvement of deafblind work theory and practice in the Nordic countries.
  • Ensure that the deafblind academic work and art theory is made known to the relevant authorities in the Nordic countries.

The courses and activities of The Nordic Welfare Centre are primarily located at the venue IFL Kämpasten in Sigtuna, Sweden.



The National Board of Social Services (Socialstyrelsen) is a part of The Danish Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs. Founded on January 1st 2007, the Board is located in Odense, Denmark, with units in Copenhagen, Esbjerg and Aarhus. Through its two departments – the Department of Social Services and the Department known as VISO* – The Board aims to promote new development and initiatives in social services while also supporting and counselling local authorities in providing services to citizens, i.e. children, young people, socially marginalised groups, elderly and disabled.

The Danish Parliament has decided the political social and welfare initiatives to be implemented in Denmark. The National Board of Social Services is charged with ensuring that such initiatives are put into practice in Denmark’s local authorities as intended by the Parliament and to counsel and assist local authorities. In addition, the Board offers specialist consultancy and specialist assessments in complicated and specialised individual cases in the field. In such cases, the Board also offers specialist consultancy to citizens.

The National Board of Social Services is responsible for a variety of other projects such as managing the Social Services Gateway ("Tilbudsportalen"), analyses concerning the Consolidation Act on Social Services and tasks related to follow-up and innovation in the field of specialist consultancy in its entirety.

The National Board of Social Services aspires to help securing the welfare of children, young people, socially marginalised groups, elderly and disabled, and to insure that related initiatives reflect scientific research and meet standards of efficiency and documentation.



CFD is the largest provider in Denmark of services for deaf, deafblind and hearing impaired people (including CI-users). Communication is our top priority throughout. Most of our clients use sign language – in one form or another - but we are prepared to meet all individual communication needs.

CFD’s nationwide services include:

  • Residential services for deaf and deafblind people with additional impairments
  • Vocational services for deaf and deafblind people with additional impairments
  • Sign language interpreting services for deaf and deafblind people
  • Psychological assessment and counseling for deaf and deafblind people
  • Counseling services for deaf and deafblind people

All our services are based on respect for and understanding of the language and culture of deaf and deafblind people. Our staff is highly qualified in sign language and has specialist knowledge about the specific needs of deaf and deafblind people and the conditions they face.

The history of CFD goes back to 1869. Today, CFD has about 600 employees.We offer interpreting and consultancy services throughout Denmark from our offices in Aalborg, Aarhus, Fredericia, Odense, and Copenhagen. We offer residential, vocational and occupational services at our facilities in Nyborg, Nærum, Glostrup and Gladsaxe. The administrative headquarter is located in Gladsaxe. CFD is a non-profit foundation. Any profit that the center generates is channeled back into the operation of existing services and the development of new ones.



Acquired Deafblindness Network, ADbN. The Acquired Deafblindness Network is recognised by Deafblind International (Dbl) and was established in 1989. Its aim is to create and support a network of people who are involved in the world of acquired deafblindness.

The co-ordinating group supports this by:

  • Encouraging research and innovation in the development of services to people with acquired deafblindness
  • Encouraging activities between members
  • Organising international conferences every second year
  • Having a network workshop on the DbI conference