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Full Inclusion with Sign Language!

The WFD is to ensure that members of Deaf Communities in every country have the right to use sign language as their primary language in all walks of life with the result being, the preservation of and development of deaf culture.

WFD President Mr. Colin Allen, and the SINOSZ President Dr. Ádám Kósa, Member of the European Parliament, emphasized that the WFD Conference, which will enjoy significant support by the Hungarian government, highlights recognition by the World Federation of the Deaf and of the Hungarian National Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the oldest organization representing the interests of persons with disabilities in Hungary, as it celebrates its 110th birthday, the timing of which will coincide with the WFD Conference. It is acknowledged that Hungary was the first country to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in 2007.

The conference will elaborate different themes on the occasion of plenary, section and board meetings: bilingual education, sign language in the families, deaf employees at employment market, communication without barriers, new IT revolution, and participation in the decision-making process.

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Organisers

Scientific Organiser

WORLD FEDERATION OF THE DEAF (WFD)

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international non-governmental organisation representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide. Recognised by the United Nations (UN) as their spokes-organisation, WFD works closely with the UN and its various agencies in promoting the human rights of Deaf people in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations.

P.O. Box 65 FIN-00401
Helsinki
FINLAND
www.wfdeaf.org

Local Organiser / Host

HUNGARIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF
AND HARD OF HEARING (SINOSZ)

The Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SINOSZ) as a national non-profit advocacy organization operating in Hungary live deaf and hard of hearing to promote social inclusion. To this end, the legislation provided for the implementation of encouraging help improve their quality of life, real needs and demands, based on processes encourage accessibility, community theatres facilities.

1068 Budapest
Benczúr utca 21.
HUNGARY
www.sinosz.hu

Committees

WFD Board

President:
Mr. Colin Allen, Australia

Vice-president:
Dr. Joseph Murray, USA

Members:
Ms. Kaisa Alanne, Finland
Dr. Terry Riley OBE, Great Britain
Ms. Hanne Berge Kvitvaer, Norway
Ms. Jigjid Dulamsuren, Mongolia
Mr. Nikolay Chaushyan, Russian Federation
Mr. Florjan Rojba, Albania
Ms. Ana Regina Campello, Brazil

Honorary Presidents:
Dr. Yerker Andersson, USA
Dr. Liisa Kauppinen, Finland
Dr. Markku Jokinen, Finland

Organising Committee

Chair:
Dr. Ádám Kósa, President of SINOSZ, Member of the European Parliament

Members:
Ms. Margit Sáfrány, Vice-president of SINOSZ
Dr. Gergely Tapolczai, SINOSZ Board Member, Member of the Hungarian Parliament
Mr. Róbert Ormódi, Director of SINOSZ
Ms. Zsuzsa Habán, Professional Leader of SINOSZ
Ms. Éva Németh, PR Officer of SINOSZ

WFD Liaison Officer:
Ms. Kaisa Alanne, WFD Board Member

Scientific Program Committee

Ms. Kaisa Alanne, WFD Board Member
Dr. Ádám Kósa, President of SINOSZ, Member of the European Parliament
Mr. László G. Lovászy PhD, Expert to CRPD Committee at the United Nations, Advisor in the European Parliament

Conference Office

CONGRESSLINE

CongressLine Ltd.  is operating as Professional Congress Organiser (PCO), Destination Management Company (DMC), event specialist and travel agency. The company is well known for its attention to detail and services. With over 25 years extensive, first-hand knowledge of Hungarian venues, hotels and meeting facilities, Congressline team is able to offer a responsible and reliable service that can be tailor-made to your specific requirements.

1065 Budapest
Révay köz 2.
HUNGARY
www.congressline.hu

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Conference Info

Conference date

8-10 November, 2017

Conference venue

Budapest Congress Center (BCC)
H-1123 Budapest, Jagelló út 1-3.
www.bcc.hu

Official language

WFD 2017 Conference official languages are International Sign (IS), Hungarian Sign Language (HSL), English and Hungarian spoken languages.

Conference topics

The main theme of the 3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf is "FULL INCLUSION WITH SIGN LANGUAGE!" Underlying the theme is the belief that full social inclusion of deaf people is possible if sign language is recognised and used widely within society.

Following topics will be represented by different sessions

BILINGUAL EDUCATION – A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR DEAF CHILDREN
The rights of deaf children are protected by national and international legislation and related documents. Nevertheless, sign language users, irrespective of whether they are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and/or have a cochlear implant, in many countries continue to experience poor education levels and vocational outcomes relative to their hearing counterparts with the result being a lower standard of living. One of the principal reasons underlying this situation, particularly in Eastern European countries, is that the auditory-oral communication method enjoys exclusive use. The only way to address this inequity is to introduce and facilitate bilingual education in these countries. Evidence-based practice from countries outside this region will highlight the potential of this approach.

SEE SIGN VERSION

SIGN LANGUAGE IN THE FAMILY
The vast majority of deaf and deaf-blind children are born to hearing families and parents who have had very little if any exposure to sign language. The papers in this stream will explore the importance of the acquisition and transmission of sign language for these children, including for those children who have received a cochlear implant, with the aim of ensuring that deaf children from hearing families achieve similar outcomes to those born to deaf parents who have access to sign language from birth. This theme will be considered from all angles and will showcase practice from around the world to highlight what is possible.

SEE SIGN VERSION

DEAF EMPLOYEES IN THE LABOUR MARKET
The employment of deaf individuals has demonstrable benefits which can not only be seen in national economic terms but also when operational and organisational perspectives are considered. This theme will explore optimal national and international practices to illustrate the economic and social advantages to be gained from employing deaf individuals including highlighting the means by which a barrier-free workplace which is truly accessible and inclusive can be achieved.

SEE SIGN VERSION

COMMUNICATION ACCESSIBILITY - UP TO DATE TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICES
Article 9 of the UNCRPD concerning accessibility places strong emphasis on information technologies. Full participation in society can be facilitated by ensuring equal access to information and services. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) need to be continually updated in line with the latest developments. The provision of new technologies within the domestic realm to enable persons with disabilities and those from language minorities to live independently must be assured with the variety of on-line communication devices needing to be widely available and accessible. In the context of this session, we will present best practice and encourage market operators to foster further developments.

SEE SIGN VERSION

PANEL DISCUSSION: PARTICIPATION IN DECISION MAKING – OUR RIGHTS AND VOTES
This event provides a tremendous opportunity to introduce practicing deaf politicians, to enhance co-operation between them and encourage collective reflection and brainstorming. As reference persons with political power, they can have enormous impact on the lives of their peers, with the potential for significant national and international public benefit.

SEE SIGN VERSION

Call for abstracts

The Scientific Program Committee of the 3rd Conference of WFD invites you to submit abstracts for sign/oral or poster presentations in the following topics:

  • Education, bilingual education
  • Sign language in the family, human rights
  • Employment, deaf employees on labour market
  • Technology, communication accessibility

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. All accepted abstracts will be published. Please note: all presenters must pay to register for the Conference.

SEE SIGN VERSION

Abstract Submission Dates

Submission period opens: 1 September 2016 
Submission closes: 24:00 CET, 30 November 2016

SEE SIGN VERSION

Important Requirements (Please review)

  • Presenters of accepted abstracts must pre-register for the Conference by the early-bird deadline.
  • Each presenting author is responsible for his/her registration fee(s) as well as travel and accommodation costs.
  • Presenters who are unable to attend the conference should arrange for another individual to present.
  • All abstract submissions must be in International Sign and English.
  • Abstracts’ written form will be published exactly as submitted.
  • Submission of the abstract constitutes the authors consent to publication.

SEE SIGN VERSION

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Registration Info

Registration fees

Registration period opens in January, 2017.

Registration Fees

Early bird registration period:
1 January – 31 June 2017
Regular registration period:
1 July – 31 October 2017
On-site registration period:
01 – 10 November 2017
Non-member fee 400 EUR 450 EUR 500 EUR
WFD member fee 325 EUR 375 EUR 425 EUR
Discount fee 275 EUR 325 EUR 375 EUR

WFD members fee is available for:

  • WFD Individual Members (1 person per membership)
  • WFD Ordinary Members (2 persons per membership)
  • WFD Associate Members (2 persons per membership)
  • WFD International Members (2 persons per membership)

Discount fee is available for:

  • Developing countries’ delegates (regarding WFD directives)
  • Delegates from Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia.
  • Students (with student ID)
  • Youth (18-30 yrs)
  • Seniors (over 60 yrs)

REGISTRATION FEES INCULDE

  • Access to scientific program and exhibition
  • Conference delegate pack (badge, bag, pen, pad, program book)
  • Welcome reception on 8 November 2017
  • Daily 2 coffee breaks and lunch on 9-10 November 2017

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation will be sent to all participants by the Conference Office upon receipt of registration and payment. If the confirmation has not been received after 1 week of the application, please do not hesitate to contact Conference Office via email at golob@congressline.hu. Payments sent after 1 November 2017 may not be confirmed in written form. In this case, please bring the proof of payment with you to the registration desk.

CANCELLATION POLICY OF REGISTRATION

All the cancellations and changes must be sent to the Conference Office (CongressLine Ltd.) in written form. All refunds will be processed after the Conference. Please send your exact bank account details in the written cancellation.

REFUND OF THE REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE MADE AS FOLLOWS

  • 100% refund (minus 50 EUR administrative fee) in case of cancellation received before 1 September 2017
  • 50% refund for cancellations received between 1 September and 1 October 2017
  • No refund in case of cancellation received after 1 October 2017

Social progams

Welcome reception at Budapest Congress Center

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 19.00-21.00

This program is included in the registration fee. Additional tickets are available for 30 EUR/person.

Refresh yourself after travelling with drinks and snacks. Come together with your friends at the conference venue in the green heart of the city!

Gala Dinner at Lázár Equistrian Park

Friday, 10 November 2017, 19.00-24.00

Tickets are available for 50 EUR/person.

This evening excursion will take us to the picturesque Domony Valley, which is a developing agricultural and entertainment site approximately 35 km from Budapest. This valley features the neighbourhood of Gödöllő, an area of environmental protection. The nine hectares of this beautifully maintained farm is owned by the 19 time horse coach driving World Champion Lázár brothers, and features Hungarian heritage breeds such as the wooly racka sheep and the puli, the corded coated sheepdog. The welcoming atmosphere will feature horses, live music and dance and the best of Hungarian hospitality, dishes and wine. A visit to the Lázár Equestrian Park and a horse show are all included.
Departure: 18.00 from Budapest Congress Center by bus

Optional progams

Deaf Pub

Thursday, 9 November 2017, from 20.00

Let’s get together and have fun! Taste the buzzing nightlife and enjoy some local drinks in the main hub of Buda side of the city.

Sightseeing tour with lunch at Grand Market Hall

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 9:00-13.30 (departure from conference venue)
Price: 35 Euro/person (Minimum number of participants 15)

A half-day sightseeing tour highlights the most attractive features of the capital city. The participants can visit the impressive House of Parliament where the Coronation Regalia can be seen, or the Hungarian State Opera House. The Central Market is a must see for anyone who enjoys the sights and smells of markets. There are almost 200 stalls on 3 levels, with cafes and restaurants on the top floor. There are stalls with fruit and vegetables, meats and sausages and plenty of souvenirs. In the basement is a supermarket for everyday needs. The 19th century architecture is worth the visit even if you are not a shopper. Transportation is by bus, English-speaking guide with IS interpretation, entrance fees and lunch are included.

Budapest Bath Tour – Széchenyi Bath

Friday, 10 November 2017, 09.00-13.00 (departure from conference venue)
Price: 35 Euro/person (Minimum number of participants: 15 persons)

Enjoy the Széchenyi Bath, the largest thermal bath in Europe, which is located in the city park of Budapest. The Széchenyi bath is supplied by two thermal water sources with a temperature of 23°C to 38°C. The bath was built in 1913 in Neo-baroque style and is named after István Széchenyi, a 19th century Hungarian politician, theorist and writer. The baths are accessible by by public transportation. English-speaking guide with IS interpretation and entrance fees are included, please bring appropriate swim wear.

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Travel Info

About Budapest and Hungary

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, locates in the centre of Middle Europe, on both sides of the river Danube. The dominant role of the capital shows, that about 2 million people, every fifth Hungarian lives in the city. The Danube determines the life of Budapest. Due to Danube valley, there are more than 130 thermal springs and more than twenty public baths to find in the city. The most popular of them are the Gellért and the Széchenyi Baths.

Budapest was created by the unification of the three cities of Buda, Óbuda and Pest in the year 1873. The green side, the Buda hills, the soft inclines of Óbuda on the left bank and the plain industrial Pest on the right diversify the city. Nowadays seven bridges secure the connection between the two halves of the city. Three of them, Liberty Bridge, Margaret Bridge and Chain bridge, can still be admired in their original beauty.

The Gellért Hill with the Citadel and the Royal Castle with its castle district define the view of Buda. In this district you will find the extremely rich collection of the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Széchenyi Library. On the Pest side the neo-Gothic building of Parliament raises. The view of Pest is dominated by the dynamic economic and social marks of the development of large middle class housing units throughout the 19th century. The economic boom after the recent political changes has given a powerful boost to the city. Our capital renews day to day and transforms itself into a true “world city”. The various and rich history and the dynamic cultural, culinary and economical life amazing the visitors, during they discover the “Pearl of the Danube”.

Budapest Timelapse

Visa

Hungary is part of the Schengen Area of 26 European countries. For non-Schengen EU, USA and Canadian citizens a valid passport is sufficient to enter Hungary. Citizens of other countries should check whether visa is needed for them when entering Hungary (for more information please visit the home page of the Hungarian Consular Service (www.konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu) On request, the Conference Secretariat will issue invitation letters for visa applications. Please apply in due time for a visa if necessary and note that visa application takes 30-60 days and personal procedure is necessary.
Visa application guide

Travel by Plane

Budapest has direct flight connections with every capital of Europe and other major cities and hubs in Europe and world-wide. Most major Airlines are also presented in Budapest. Any point in the world can be reached to and from Budapest. Liszt Ferenc International Airport (former Ferihegy Airport) has two terminals roughly 28 kilometers from the city. Since 2004 several low cost airlines have been running their flights between Budapest and the large European cities (Ryanair, Wizzair, Germanwings, EasyJet, Air Baltic, Air Lingus, Norwegian, Air Berlin, Jet2, Transavia, TUI Fly, etc).

Travel by Train

Budapest is connected to the European railway system. There are direct railway links between Budapest and 13 capital cities of Europe and 47 international scheduled trains arrive daily in Budapest. Many international trains have dining and sleeping cars or couchettes. Most international express trains arrive and depart from the Eastern (Keleti) Railway Station.
www.mav-start.hu

Travel by Coach

Volánbusz Rt., being a member of Eurolines, operates scheduled services to 22 European countries.
www.volanbusz.hu

Public Transportation

Budapest's public transportation systems are operated by the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK). The service includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metro) and above-ground suburban trains (HÉV). Buses, trams and trolleybuses run daily from 4:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Three of the four recent Metro lines interconnect at Deák tér Station. Service frequencies range from 15 minutes late in the evening to every two minutes at peak times. Tickets or passes must be bought before boarding. They are available at BKK Customer Service Points, tickets offices at Metro stations, from the driver onboard the bus, but best option is to use the vending machines throughout the city. Please note that front-door boarding only policy is in place on some of the bus lines (including 200E from the airport to the city). Additionally, you can try the MOL Bubi public bike-sharing scheme as a new mode of public transport in Budapest, which consists of 76 docking stations and 1,100 bicycles. Budapest's excellent night bus system has just been upgraded to 40 lines. Please note that to make sure that everyone has a ticket, the transport company has hired uniformed security guards who check for tickets on board.

For detailed information on public transportation fares and timetables please visit www.bkk.hu.

For smartphones official BKK INFO and BKK FUTÁR apps are available at Google Play and AppStore.

Climate

The climate of Budapest is continental, the autumn (mid-September until late October) is characterized by little rain and long sunny days with moderate temperatures. November brings abundant rain, sometimes snow and a drastic fall in temperature (a 10°C fall throughout the month). Highs can stay 7-10°C, lows around 2-4°C. Nights get colder and the first frost arrives usually in the second week of October. Rainy days can be expected.

Insurance

The registration fees do not include provision for the insurance of participants against personal accidents, illness, cancellation, theft, property loss or damage. Participants are advised to take adequate personal travel insurance.

Currency

The Forint (HUF), the official national currency, is convertible. The exchange rates applied in Budapest banks, official exchange offices and hotels may vary. All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance.
Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 312 HUF in May 2016

Credit Cards

In general, VISA, EC/MC and American Express credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, cafés, shops and petrol stations.

Stores and Shopping

The opening hours of Budapest stores are generally 10:00-18:00 on weekdays and 10:00-13:00 on Saturday. The big shopping centres are open from 10:00-20:00 from Monday to Saturday and from 10.00-18.00 on Sunday.

Electricity

The voltage in Hungary is 230V, 50 Hz AC.

Parking

If you drive a personal or rented car, always try to park at a guarded parking lot and do not leave any valuables in the car. Please note, that Budapest is divided into paying parking areas, with one parking meter in each street. The maximum parking time duration and tariffs may vary between different parking zones.
For detailed information on parking, please visit this site: www.visitbudapest.travel.

Time Zone

Central European Time (CET): UTC+01:00

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Contact

WFD2017
Conference Office

CONGRESSLINE LTD.

Ms. Bea GOLOVANOVA 

H-1065 Budapest, Révay köz 2., HUNGARY 
Phone: +36 1 429 0146
Fax: +36 1 429 0147 
Email: golob@congressline.hu
Web: www.congressline.hu

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