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International DeafBlind Expo – August 2016

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2016 International DeafBlind Expo in Orlando!!!

Theme: Community Partnerships Without Barriers

Greetings all,

Happy holidays to you all! We know that you all have been waiting so patiently for news about the next International DeafBlind Expo that was mentioned during the first International DeafBlind Expo in Las Vegas held in July-August 2014. It was a very successful Expo and close to 600 people from all over the world attended.

Bapin Group is excited to announce The Second International DeafBlind Expo at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, from Wednesday, August 17, 2016, through Saturday, August 20, 2016. Please read below for full details.

This event offers the opportunity to meet people from DeafBlind communities all over the world who come together to partner, network, share information, and check out amazing products showcased by renowned vendors. You won’t want to miss your chance to attend the International DeafBlind Expo and experience all the things we will have to offer:

1) gain a wealth of information and enjoy networking,
2) participate in workshops,
3) visit the exhibit booths to check out and purchase new products,
4) enjoy skits by talented DeafBlind patrons,
5) enjoy the Saturday night Gala with a full meal and cash bar, and
6) socialize, party, and check out beautiful Orlando, Florida!

Registrations will be available in late January 2016 for on-line completion. Prior to that, you all will receive another e-mail with additional details.

DeafBlind people who wish to attend the Expo are responsible for bringing their own SSPs and the SSPs need to be prepared to interpret. Bapin Group will NO LONGER be coordinating SSPs for this event and we will do our best to provide interpreting support ONLY during activities planned by Bapin Group. We will have interpreting and CART services available for all workshops, the exhibit hall, and the events planned by Bapin Group. We will also have limited interpreting services available for vendors who request them at their exhibit booths.

The Second International DeafBlind Expo
Wednesday, August 17-Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (800) 627-8258

Tentative Schedule
August 17-20, 2016
Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM : SSP/ Interpreter Registration
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM : Pre-Expo SSP/ Interpreter training workshop
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM : Guest Registration
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM : Opening ceremony and ice breaker party with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Thursday, August 18, 2016
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM : Guest Registration
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM : Workshop: Tech Forum by Vendors and Consumers
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM : Exhibit Hall Open
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM : Exhibit Hall Speed Dating
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM : DeafBlind Entertainment Night (skits)

Friday, August 19, 2016
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM : Guest Registration
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM : Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM : Workshop: Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Town Hall

Evening: On your own; eat, visit downtown Orlando, socialize with friends, etc.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM : Guest Registration
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM : Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM : Workshop: Community Forum
3:00 PM: Door prizes drawn and announced in the Exhibit Hall (winners must be onsite and present to receive their prizes)
7:00 PM – 11:30 PM : Gala with a full meal and cash bar; Adjourn.

Cost and Additional Information:

— International DeafBlind Expo Four-Day Registration that includes Gala (Saturday):
Early bird until March 31, 2016: $295.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2016: $345.00 per person (free for SSP’s and interpreters)
At door: $395.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)

— International DeafBlind Expo Per-Day Registration:***
Early bird until March 31, 2016: $95.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2016: $145.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $195.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
***Note: If it is one-day registration for Saturday that includes gala, the rate is $50 extra beyond the listed rates above.

— International DeafBlind Expo Group Registration: (10 or more people)
Early bird until March 31, 2016: $275.00 per person for a group of 10 or more and all must register at the same time (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2016: $325.00 per person for a group of 10 or more and all must register at the same time (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $375.00 per person for a group of 10 or more and all must register at the same time (free for SSPs and interpreters)

— Rosen Plaza Hotel per night: $119.00 (single or double occupancy) for a guest room plus approximately 13.5% daily taxes for Wi-Fi, fitness center, in-room safe, refrigerator, and coffee pot. To request the special group rate, please call Rosen Plaza at (800) 627-8258 and mention IDBE2016.

Website: http://www.bapingrouponline.com/idbe

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