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.



Scientific Organiser


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

Local Organiser / Host


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.


WFD Board

Mr. Colin Allen, Australia

Dr. Joseph Murray, USA

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. Liisa Kauppinen, Finland
Dr. Markku Jokinen, Finland

Organising Committee

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

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 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.

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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.

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Conference International Keynote Presenter



New Zealand

Victoria Manning grew up with an older deaf brother in an academic-focused family. She gained a bachelors degree in Wellington, New Zealand followed by a Masters in Mental Health Counselling at Gallaudet University, in 1996. Returning home, Victoria provided New Zealand’s first Deaf mental health services. She was also one of two individuals who took a human rights case against the largest telecommunications company and succeeding in establishing a telephone relay service for New Zealand.

Victoria was employed at the Government’s Office for Disability Issues when the Government directed the drafting of a Bill to give official recognition to New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Victoria was a key advisor on the NZSL Bill for four years (2003 - 2006) from its initial development and throughout its progress through Parliament.

While working at the Human Rights Commission Victoria led the Commission’s Inquiry into NZSL. The resulting report “A New Era in the Right to Sign” (2013) included recommendations for government funding to support early acquisition of NZSL and a governing body to oversee the promotion and maintenance of NZSL, both of which have now been implemented.

Having worked in disability policy for many years, Victoria authored the Disabled Persons Organisations’ (DPOs) civil society report on New Zealand’s progress on the implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). A highlight of her career was being chosen by the DPOs to represent disabled New Zealanders at the United Nations in Geneva, in September 2014, for New Zealand’s first examination of its progress under the CRPD.

Victoria was awarded a Queen’s medal in 2015 for services to the Deaf and disabled communities.

Victoria is now the General Manager–Strategy at Deaf Aotearoa. She is also the inaugural chairperson of the NZSL Board which advises government on the promotion and maintenance of NZSL.

Full inclusion through sign language is at the heart of Victoria’s work and aspirations, and she is very much looking forward to attending the Third International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf in Budapest, Hungary.

Hungarian Keynote Presenters




Csilla Bartha is leader of the Research Centre for Multilingualism of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, habilitated research professor of Eötvös Loránd University, scientific advisor of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her main research areas are sociolinguistics, bi- and multilingualism, language use of minorities (within and beyond the borders of Hungary), language rights, linguistic discrimination, connection of access and education, linguistic diversity, globalization, new ways of learning and minority education, and the sign language standardization of the Deaf communities in Hungary. She was involved as leader or participant in several national and international scientific projects. Inter alia she is member of the Linguistic Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Public Body of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Association of Hungarian Applied Linguists, and the Hungarian Sign Linguistic Association. She was delegated minority language expert of UNESCO, at present she is the Hungarian minority language expert of Mercator Education. She is founding member of the Research Platform of Mercator Multilingual Research Centres. One of her most significant research project leading activities was the co-ordination of the basic and applied research titled SIGNificant Chance project: The theoretical and practical steps of the standardization of the Hungarian Sign Language and she is still the leader of the MTA-NYTI Languag-E-Chance Educational Research Group. Csilla Bartha participated in several important international, European Union consortia and projects as consortium or project leader as well.




Péter Zalán Romanek was born in a Deaf family where all is deaf and they use sign language as mother tongue in everyday life, although he attended in Deaf school in Budapest where he got special education. He received a master degree in Classical Philology in Budapest at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2014, then he passed in a PhD-program in Applied Linguistics, focusing on the sociolinguistics of the Hungarian Sign Language. His choosen research topics is the dialects of the Hungarian Sign Language, the sign language standardization and the discourse analysis of the Hungarian Sign Language.

He is the sign language analyst in the Research Centre for Multilingualism (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and he was involved as the technical supervisor in the project SIGNificant Chance (2013-2016) which focused on the standardization of the Hungarian Sign Language for educational purposes. He is still the president of the Hungarian Association of Sign Language Studies.

Session Keynote Presenters



Bilingual Education Session Keynote Presenter

Dr. Krister Schönström is an associate professor at the Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University. His primary research interests include several aspects within the topic of deaf bilingualism, including questions related to sign bilingualism, acquisition of written languages and sign languages in the deaf. He is currently conducting research focusing on the bilingual development of Swedish sign language as well as written Swedish in Deaf children enrolled at sign bilingual schools in Sweden. He has also been conducting several projects in sign language test developments aimed at measuring SSL skills in the deaf. In recent years, he has expanded his research agenda to include investigations of hard-of-hearing children with respect to language production in SSL and Swedish. Furthermore, he is conducting research related to multimodalism and the teaching of sign language use, and is currently principal investigator for a funded three-year project on second language acquisition in SSL. As a deaf person, Dr. Schönström has his own personal experience with sign bilingual education as he was among one of the first deaf children in Sweden to grown up bilingually at home and in school.



The Netherlands
Sign Language in the Family Session Keynote Co-Presenter

Mathilde de Geus gained a MA degree in History and University Teacher Training at Leiden University in 2004. She has studied Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012 she gained a MSc. degree in Educational Sciences at Manchester University and Leiden University. Besides this she is a certified Teacher of the Deaf also a licensed Remedial Teacher and Tutor.
Between 1999 and 2013 she has worked in Deaf Education at several schools and institutions for the Deaf in The Netherlands. In 2009 she started her own business providing advice, coaching and consulting for deaf, hard-of-hearing children, parents and schools in mainstream education. She has gained extensive experience in educational management.
Her main interests focus on didactics, cognitive development, learning/teaching models, educational design, curricula, development of applied materials, bilingualism, multilingualism, translanguaging, bildung and social ecology.
Mathilde is involved in several projects promoting educational opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. She is affiliated with some University-lead projects as expert-researcher and advisor. In 2016, Mathilde's project ‘Developing a parent sign language curriculum’ in collaboration with Joni Oyserman (The Netherlands) and Kristin Snoddon (Canada) received an award at the Zero Congress for best 'Innovative Practice on Inclusive Education’.



The Netherlands
Sign Language in the Family Session Keynote Co-Presenter

Joni Oyserman gained a bachelors degree in sign language teaching at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences in 2002, followed by a MA program in General & Sign Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. She has studied at Finnish Sign Language Centre at the University of Jyväskylä as an Erasmus+ Exchange student for 6 months.
At the University of Amsterdam she has 14 years of experience working as a teacher sign language(SL) and lecturer, including involvement in national and Erasmus+ projects and 19 years teaching experience with second language learners (students, adults, parents and interpreters sign language). Besides, she is Google for Education Certified Innovator and a Web/Multi-Media Engineer. Her main research interests focus on sign linguistics, research, SL didactics, multilingualism, e-learning, education/curriculum and second sign language acquisition. This connected with Common European Framework Reference for SL (CEFR) and International Sign. She is one of the authors of the first 'CEFR descriptors for Sign Languages’, published August 2013 in the Netherlands. Joni is one of the founding members and President of the European Network for Sign Language Teachers, set up at 2nd LESICO conference in 2015. In 2016, Joni’s project ‘Developing a parent sign language curriculum’ in collaboration with Mathilde de Geus (The Netherlands) and Kristin Snoddon (Canada) has won an award at Zero Congress for 'Innovative Practice on Inclusive Education’.



Panel Discussion Facilitator

Roberta J. Cordano became the 11th president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2016. During the announcement of her selection as president, Cordano was recognized as a "transformational leader who is the right person at the right time for Gallaudet."
Cordano brings to the Office of the President experience and skills built in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Prior to Gallaudet, Cordano was the vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Cordano has held several leadership roles in different sectors, including health care, higher education, and government. She is a founding member of Metro Deaf School, a pre-k through eighth grade school, a bilingual-bicultural charter school for deaf and hard of hearing children in St. Paul, and a founding board member of Minnesota North Star Academy, a bilingual-bicultural charter high school for deaf and hard of hearing students.



South Africa
Employment Session Keynote Presenter

Bruno Druchen is the National Director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DeafSA) since 2003. He started his career in Deaf Education as Deaf Teacher assistant in South Africa and won the scholarship to be part of the Deaf Theatre group of National Theatre of the Deaf in the USA . On his return to South Africa he was part of television programmes as an actor and then also the producer of television programmes for the Deaf Community in South Africa.
Bruno Druchen served on the Pan South African Language Board of South Africa. He was appointed on the Presidential Working Group on Persons with Disabilities and still serving as an active member. The Deputy President of South Africa appointed Mr Druchen on the Human Resource Development Council. He was elected as the Chairperson of the South African Disability Alliance for 3 consecutive years. Bruno as the National Director of DeafSA, is seen as a transformational leader and the organization grew from 30 staff members to 82 staff members and from 5 offices to 19 offices to ensure that services are rendered directly to the Deaf Community. He has been instrumental in aspects of Deaf Education and South African Sign Language, in 2014 SASL was approved as a subject in 47 schools of the Deaf and been mobilizing the Deaf Community and government for the approval of SASL as the 12th official language of South Africa. Bruno is active at both local and international level debates on issues of Deaf Education, Sign Languages and the Human Rights of Deaf persons in South Africa.
Bruno Druchen is committed to encouraging the use of South African Sign Language through such measures as campaigning for improved training and education, better interpretation services, and increased awareness amongst government and the public. This includes the promotion of research projects and subsequent distribution of findings and information, as well as the development of educational curricula and training programmes for deaf people and interpreters alike.
At heart, of his aim is to protect the fundamental human rights of South Africa's Deaf community – ensuring that no deaf person is excluded or made to feel isolated– and to make sure Deaf culture is granted the recognition and consideration it deserves in government policy, media transmissions and other forms of public activity.
Mr Bruno Druchen also played a fundamental role in the employment Deaf and hard of hearing staff at the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands to ensure the ideals of inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Deaf and hard of hearing employees fulfil roles throughout the business, both front and back of house, including positions in reservations, housekeeping, security and maintenance, among others. The total Deaf employees is at 20% and the positive spin off this initiative had was a total of 40% of Deaf People employed at 3 hotels in Cape Town.
Bruno Druchen is a hugely respected member of the South African Deaf Community in South Africa and internationally and currently serves as the WFD Interim Regional Secretariat for Eastern and Southern Africa. Bruno has published chapters in books and been presenting at International Conferences.



Technology Session Keynote Presenter

Antal Kuthy is the founder and CEO of E-GROUP ICT GROUP (Est.1993). E-Group is an innovative software technology company headquartered in Budapest, with regional reach to CEE and numerous international project references. Antal is a software and telecommunication engineer but had extended studies in financial economics and game theory as well. Lived in multiple countries, US, Tokyo, London, and spent recently over 7 years in Hong Kong and China, developing new business opportunities for the group.
Antal’s early interest, beginning of nineties was in SPEECH PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY research and development, working with Watson (IBM’s researchers) Research Group and application of speech technologies.
Currently E-Group’s research and development focus is in APPLIED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, cognitive software technologies and application to industry problems (financial, health, government etc). E-Group is highly privileged to be selected to be member of EIT Digital and EIT Health organisations, the two premium technology program of the European Institute of Technology, targeting future technologies making life better, human existence more sustainable and Europe a better place applying cutting edge technologies to real life problems.
E-Group has an extensive relationship with SINOSZ, the Hungarian Association For Deaf and Hard of Hearing people , and actively developing VIDEO TRANSLATION SYSTEMS (& beyond) which is in live service in Hungary for over 3 years , and continues to develop rapidly with new functionalities and system extensions utilising the latest technologies available.

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Registration Info

Registration fees

Registration period opens in January, 2017.

Registration Fees

Early bird registration period:
until 14 July 2017
Regular registration period:
15 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 member institution can come on 325 EUR/person discount)
  • WFD Associate Members (2 persons per member institution can come on 325 EUR/person discount)
  • WFD International Members (2 persons per member institution can come on 325 EUR/person discount)

Discount fee is available for:

  • Developing countries’ participants (regarding WFD directives)
  • Participants 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)


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


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.


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.


  • 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 programs

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!


Saturday, 11 November 2017, 10.00-24.00

at MOM Sport rendezvénycsarnok
Csörsz utca 14-16., Budapest


Gala Dinner at Budapest Congress Center

Friday, 10 November 2017, 20.00-24.00

Tickets are available for 75 EUR/person.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to meet, chat, dine and wine with friends at the Gala Dinner of the WFD Budapest Conference, held right at the conference venue. The organizers proudly announce that the world famous John Maucere and the fabulous The Maloes Show accepted their invitations and will entertain the high interest WFD Society. Tasty buffet dinner, quality Hungarian wines, unforgettable memories and fun guaranteed are included in the good price. Make sure to register in time and secure your place!

Optional programs

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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Hotel Information

Hotel booking deadline

Hotel booking deadline: 10 October 2017 – after this deadline accommodation cannot be guaranteed. Hotel reservations are on a first come first served basis and are through the hotels own booking sites or through the Conference Office.

Reservation through Conference Office

Reservation will be made only on pre-payment and should be sent on online registration and hotel booking form. Upon receipt of the reservation and payment, each participant will receive a confirmation from the Conference Secretariat by email. Any modification requests should be sent to Conference Secretariat. Once modified on-site, the actual final cost of the stay and the extras should be paid directly at the hotel reception upon departure. All cancellations should be sent to Conference Secretariat in written form.


H-1118 Budapest, Budaörsi út 20/a.
Single/Double room rate: 69/84 EUR/room/night

Mediterranean style 4 stars hotel only 5 minutes walking distance (500 metres) from the congress venue. All rooms are air conditioned, have wifi internet, soundproofed windows, flat screen television, safety box, hairdryer, minibar. Hotel services: free wifi in the whole building, sauna and jacuzzi, underground garage, drinkbar and lobby, latin garden terrace, elevator, 24 hours reception. Parking: it is free to park in front of and next to the hotel building, underground garage costs 10 eur/night.


H-1016 Budapest, Hegyalja út 23.
Single/Double room rate: 58/69 EUR/room/night
Single Deluxe/Double Deluxe room rate: 70/81 EUR/room/night

Hotel Charles is by the foot of Gellert Hill, only a few minutes away from the best known tourist sights of Budapest, from the Buda Castle district, the Citadel and the famous pedestrian street Vaci utca.
City buses stop right in front of the hotel and are available very often, so one can easily reach the historic city center, the Central Market Hall, as well as the Gellert Bath or Rudas Bath.
Deluxe type studios are elegantly refurbished and very spacious, offering a level of comfort that can easily match higher category accommodations; Standard type studios are more simple but they have also been recently refurbished.


H-1124 Budapest, Jagelló út 38.
Single/Double room rate: 44/56 EUR/room/night

Jagello Business Hotel is ideally placed within the Budapest business district on the Buda-side of the Hungarian capital. It lies close to the Budapest Congress Center. Jagello Business Hotel is a cute family owned hotel, where personal attention is not just an empty slogan, but a real and warm hearted commitment to the guests. The modern, functional and comfortable business is anything else than an anonymous place full of standardized services without any personal attention. At the spacious and cozy garden, which almost gives you the feeling of being in the countryside, guests can chill out after an intense Budapest day.


H-1118 Budapest, Dayka Gábor utca 3.
Single/Double room rate: 62/74 EUR/room/night

Rubin Wellness & Conference Hotel offers excellent accommodation in the green- belt area at the Buda side of Budapest for leisure and business travellers. We also welcome those who would like to stay in a quiet and peaceful environment still near the city centre. The hotel is easily accessible from M1 and M7 motorways and is 10 minutes away from the WFD conference venue.
The hotel harmoniously combines the comfort of nature and the various wellness services. All hotel rooms are equipped with LCD TV, radio, telephone, bath-robe, hairdryer and a safe. Most of the rooms have garden view terrace and balcony. The hotel has a unique garden with shady trees, promenades, benches and a fountain.


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.


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

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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


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.

Travel by Coach

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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Exhibition & Sponsors


Ministry of Human Capacities

Hungarian Tourism Agency

Gallaudet University

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Gold Sponsors

Szerencsejáték Zrt.
Hungarian National Lottery

Invitech Solutions

Bronze Sponsor



World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)

Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SINOSZ)


DeafKidz International


Jenile International

Deaf Iceland Tours

Interelektronik ITS


E-Group ICT Software

opening hours

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 18.00 – 21.00
Thursday, 9 November 2017 08.00 – 18.00
Friday, 10 November 2017 08.00 – 18.00
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Conference Office



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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Exhibition & Sponsors

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