The title of the conference is Touch of Closeness - maintaining social connectedness. The central theme of the conference is social connectedness. Social connectedness is about how people come together and interact.
One of the dominant aspects of a person's development and well-being is social connectedness. Social connectedness refers to the relationships people have with others and the subjective feeling of being in close interpersonal, meaningful, and positive social relationships.
”Although people with deafblindness use many different methods of communication,
the sense of touch is crucial for all people with deafblindness.”
Linda Eriksson, member of the Scientific Committee who lives with deafblindness.
This means that when lacking a significant amount of both sight and hearing, people who are deafblind are dependent upon touch in order for them to improve social connectivity and reduce social isolation. This is the touch of closeness, the touch of togetherness.