Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about the European Deafblind Youth Camp. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the organisation, the schedule and much more. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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EDBY stands for European Deafblind Youth, an independent organizing group and community created by and for deafblind youth in Europe. They are supported by the EDbU.

The EDBY Camp is the most significant and largest educational event for deafblind youth in Europe, with a focus on promoting identity, self-determination, and self-confidence for the future of the deafblind community.

"Yeah, my identity is Deafblind. What is your excuse?"

This motto is all about feeling proud and positive about being deafblind and challenging others to think differently. It aims to create acceptance, strength, and awareness within the community that being deafblind is just a part of who someone is. The motto also prompts others to question their prejudices and see the capabilities of deafblind individuals.

The next EDBY Camp will be held from 21. to 31.July 2024, at an educational institution in the Ruhr area of Germany 馃嚛馃嚜.

The organizing team comprises 14 deafblind experts from various countries, along with 10 volunteers and 10 Safe Guards responsible for the safety and protection of all participants. On one page you can see the team here.

The program primarily focuses on non-formal education and covers various topics such as identity building, empowerment, communication, mental health, and more. It also includes activities like games, performances, creative endeavors, and parties. The specific program details will be announced in the spring of 2024.

The main languages are International Sign and Light English. Perfect knowledge of International Sign and English is not required and interpreters are available for spoken and sign languages.

All deafblind individuals between the ages of 18 and 38 who wish to learn about being Deafblind can attend. Only in one case, if there are no other and younger participants, it can be an older person (up to 40) and it must be agreed with us beforehand.

Approximately 2 deafblind participants per country can attend the event, totaling about 60 deafblind participants. Additional individuals can be placed on a waiting list.

The participation fee covers the full program, accommodation, and meals. Deafblind assistants can participate for free. The cost varies based on the participant's home country. Detailed pricing information will available soon. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Meals provided include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with options for both vegan and meat-based diets. Allergies and intolerances are taken into consideration.

Participants may bring up to 2 (professional) deafblind assistants, and their participation is free of charge. If you require a deafblind assistant or have questions, please contact us.

Registration is possible until 15th May 2024. Two deafblind people from each country will take part. You will receive the registration form from the organisation in your country. You can find the list under the link.

Participation in the event requires attending for the full duration, and we cannot accept participants who wish to attend for a shorter period. If you have a valid reason for needing an exception, please feel free to contact us to discuss your situation.

The participation of people from countries outside Europe is possible depending on availability. For example, countries from Asia, Africa, Oceania, North and South America. Please contact us if you are interested.

Safe Guards are experts who are responsible for the safety and protection of all participants at the EDBY Camp. The special protection applies for example to BIPoC, queer and women.

You can reach us via email: camp24@edbyouth.org