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First International Deaf-Blind Expo

International Deaf-Blind Expo in Las Vegas

You are invited to take part in this first of its kind event.

International Deaf Blind Expo 2014

Greetings all,
Happy New Year to you all! Bapin Group is excited to open 2014 with an announcement. We will be hosting the first-ever International Deaf-Blind Expo, scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 30, to Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the Riviera Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas! Please read below for full details.
This event will offer you the opportunity to meet people from Deaf-Blind communities all over the world. We are anticipating attendees from several countries as well as international vendors. You won't want to miss your chance to attend the international deaf-blind expo and experience all the things we will have to offer:

 Register online now.


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Deaf-Blind people who wish to attend the expo are responsible for finding/bringing their own SSPs and the SSPs need to be prepared to interpret. Bapin Group will NOT be coordinating SSPs for this event; however, if a Deaf-Blind person only has one SSP, then, while we cannot guarantee availability, we will do our best to connect them with a second SSP/interpreter to assist. We will have interpreting and CART services available for all workshops and presentations. Understand there will be limited interpreting services available for vendors at the exhibit booths.



Royale Ballroom Hallway

Wednesday: 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.and 4:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Daily: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.




Royale Ballroom 5/6

Thursday: 12:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.


Friday: 9:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M


Saturday:  9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.


Sunday: 9:00 A.M - 1:00 P.M.


With Afternoon surprise accessible entertainment on the floor on Friday and Saturday!





"How to be an Effective SSP" (0.4 CEUs)

Royale Ballroom 7A

12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M


Join presenters Susanne Morgan Morrow and Jamie Pope for an

in-depth workshop on how to provide effective interpreting and SSP

services for DeafBlind consumers, an essential primer for anyone

who wishes to work with DeafBlind consumers both at the Expo and

beyond. Eligible interpreters may earn Continuing Education Unit




"How to Use SSPs Effectively"

Royale Ballroom 7B

12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.


Join presenters Bruce Visser and Bryen M Yunashko for a

workshop exclusive to DeafBlind consumers on how to use SSP

services effectively. Hands-on, Visser and Yunashko work directly

with DeafBlind attendees to identify and enhance your experience

with SSPs at the Expo and beyond.




Royale Ballroom 7

7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M


Join us for a special evening as we take the time to get to know each

other before the Expo begins. We'll be serving a complimentary Deli

Buffet and cash bar. Then join keynote speaker, Chris Woodfill,

North American representative of the World Federation of the Deaf-

Blind, with an exciting insight to the "Deaf-Blind Community around

the World". This will be followed by Randy Pope, President of the

American Association of the Deaf-Blind, inspiring us all to "Get

Involved in Deaf-Blind Government Advocacy!"




"The Basics of Pro-Tactile" (0.3 CEUs)

Royale Ballroom 7

9:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M.


Join the stars of the hottest subject to hit the DeafBlind community. aj

granda and Jelica Nuccio, creators of the Pro-Tactile movement,

introduce you to the basics. This is the workshop you've been waiting

for! Eligible interpreters may earn Continuing Education Unit credits.


Advanced Pro-Tactile” (0.3 CEUs)

Royale Ballroom 7

1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.


The fun started with the morning session, but it doesn't end there.

Now that you've learned the basics of Pro-Tactile, it's time to get

serious. Learn the advanced level of Pro-Tactile. By the time you're

done today, you'll be able to join fellow attendees. Pro-Tactiling your

way to a more awesome Expo experience! Eligible interpreters may

earn Continuing Education Unit credits.




Royale Ballroom 5/6

4:30 P.M - 7:00 P.M.


Complimentary snacks provided! We've got all kinds of vendors

waiting to meet you and what better way to do so with a fun-filled two

hour extravaganza. We've got activities planned to get you up close

with the vendors and there's even prizes provided during the Grand

Opening. By the time you go off to dinner for the evening with your

friends, you'll be chatting about the exciting vendors you'll get to meet

throughout the week.




"Meet the Federal Communications Commission"

Royale Ballroom 7

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Join the representatives of the Federal Communications

Commission (FCC) as they update us on the latest developments

with the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program and

other important news affecting the Deaf-Blind consumer's access to

telecommunications in the 21st Century. Then the floor opens up and

you get to discuss your concerns, ideas, and questions directly with 

the FCC. This is your chance to make sure your opinions are known!


"How We All Learn, the Brain, the Body, and Communication”


Royale Ballroom 7

1:30 P.M - 3:00 P.M.


Join Mark Campano from Delaware Program for Children with Deaf-

Blindness, in understanding how communication is typically

developed and then draw the connection to learners with multiple

challenges, focusing on individuals with deaf-blindness. A workbook

will be given to participants after the workshop.




"Bring Down The Walls!: Community and Tech Forum"

Royale Ballroom 7

9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.


Join us for an important gathering, this is YOUR forum. An open-moderated discussion of the challenges we face in everyday life and the ideas we have for improving neighborhood accessibility, technology, and advocacy. And the walls really WILL come down! We're removing the wall dividing the Session Room from the Exhibit Hall so that EVERY vendor can see and hear your ideas and be a part of the collaboration of our community.



"Know your Rights under The ADA - Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace"


Royale Ballroom 7

11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.


Join Suzanne Thomas from Pacific ADA Center – Nevada, as she

takes you through the ADA and empower you to know your rights in

the jobs you want for you and your fellow Deaf-Blind colleagues.



Banquet Hall

7:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M


Join us for a delicious evening of dinner and dance with a special

Closing Keynote by Anindya Bhattacharyya (Bapin), CEO of Bapin

Group, LLC. It's a great way to celebrate with your new and old riends

before you head home.


·         Tickets sold separately, stay tuned for ticket sales announcement.




Community Ad Hoc Day

Royale Ballroom 7

9:00 A.M - 1:00 P.M.


We are keeping the Session Room open for community ad hoc

meetings. A chance for you all to set up impromptu or planned

meetings with groups of your friends and fellow community advocates

and discuss ideas and plans before you go home. Bapin Group

is making this donation to support the collaboration and relationship-

building for communities across the United States and around the




1:00 P.M.    Have a safe trip home!


Cost information:

--International Deaf-Blind Expo Five-Day Registration:
$175.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $225.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
--International Deaf-Blind Expo Per-Day Registration:
Early bird until March 31, 2014: $75.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2014: $100.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $125.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
--Riviera Casino and Hotel per night: Luxury room: $45.00 (single or double occupancy); Studio Suite: $169.00, additionally 12% daily taxes (approximate) and a $15.00 resort fee which will include Wi-Fi, fitness center, in-room safe, etc. To request the special group rate, please call Riviera Casino and Hotel at (800) 634-6753 or (702) 794-9412 and mention International Deaf-Blind Expo.

The following are not provided by the Expo and must be taken care of on your own:
--Transportation to and from the airport, bus stop, and train station

The schedule is subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact the Bapin Group Expo Support Team by e-mail at

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