Autumn School 2015 Deafblind interpreting

Interpreting for the Deafblind

2015 efsli Autumn school

Stockholm, Sweden (25-27 September)

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In cooperation with EDbU (European Deafblind Union)

Hosted by STTF (Swedish Association of Sign Language Interpreters)

Registration deadline:

Extended: 15th September

Places limited. Register soon!


What is this efsli Autumn school about?

The training is addressed to sign language interpreters with little  experience with Deafblind clients that aim to broaden their education so they can meet Deafblind clients needs in their professional future. The training is organised in cooperation with EDbU (European Deafblind Union), and the programme will incorporate a time slot for the EDbU President to present the organisation and the European Deafblind client perspective to the school participants.


Special discount for efsli Autumn schools 2015

This Autumn three efsli schools are scheduled:

  • Interpreting for the Deafblind (Stockholm, 25-27 September)
  • Interpreting in educational settings (Belgium, 23-25 October)
  • Interpreting with victims of sexual violence (Dublin, 27-29 November)

Those participants registered for more than one of these schools will receive a 10 % discount in each one. As soon as the two schools the participants are registered for are confirmed (i.e. when the minimum of registered participants is reached), efsli will reimburse 10% of the registration fee of each school to those that had registered in two or more schools.


Training venue

Training will take place Stockholm

Further details will be posted by the end of August



Friday 25th September from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Saturday 26th September from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday 27th September from 9:00 am to 12:00 am



Your place on the course will be confirmed by email at the latest by 31st August.

Please do not book your accommodation or flight until your place on the course has been confirmed. Or if you do so, it will be at your own risk.

Selection of participants will be made according to the “first come, first served” system.

Training will take place if the required minimum number of participants has registered.


Who are the trainers?

We have a training team that have been working together as trainers since 2001: Linda Eriksson and Karin Bäckgren, from Sweden. Before that date they had an interpreter (Karin)-consumer (Linda) relationship.

Linda Eriksson is a pedagogue of the National Resource Center for Deafblindness (NKCdb) since 2014. Since 2008 she is also the Vice President of the Association of the Swedish Deafblind (FSDB). She has been working as a trainer at the 4-year vocational training programme at Fellingsbro Folk High School, among other places.

Karin Bäckgren is a trainer in sign language interpreting/ Deafblind interpreting and psychology in a 4-year vocational training programme at Fellingsbro Folk High School, in Örebro.

Both Linda and Karin have jointly published a book on Deafblind interpreting in 2007 (Dövblindtolkning- ett studiematerial) that will be soon re-edited and translated into English. They are a wonderful math of experience when it comes to Deafblind interpreting: Karin is an experienced Deafblind interpreter and an experienced trainer (hearing) and Linda is a person with deafblindness (tactile communication) and an experienced trainer. As a team they offer two perspectives of the interpreting context and the ethics concerning the interpreter role when working with Deafblind customers.


Communication at efsli Autumn Deafblind School

The trainers will use English (Karin) and Swedish Sign Language (Linda), that will be interpreted into English and International Sign.

English/International Sign Interpretation services will be provided.

Correspondence with efsli and official documents will be in English.


How much does it cost?

The registration fee includes tuition, interpreting services, coffee breaks and course material. Participants will have to arrange for their own accommodation and travel.

Payments must be made the same day of registration. If not, your registration is not valid.

Please email a copy of the proof of your payment to the efsli secretariat. If you have difficulties when making your payment, please immediately contact the efsli secretariat at


Registration (+ payment) deadline is 30th August:

  • efsli individual member (GDP* up to 20.000 €) 180,00 euros
  • efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 280,00 euros
  • non efsli member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 360,00 euros
  • non efsli member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 560,00 euros

*GDP = Gross Domestic Product of the country

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Individual membership is open to Sign Language Interpreters within Europe and other interested persons who subscribe to the aim and objectives of efsli.

Sign language interpreters who are members of National Associations (full members of efsli) are not automatically individual efsli members. You can become an individual member here:


Who can register?

Deaf and hearing sign language interpreters interested in this topic.


How do I register?

Registration is online at:

Please take note that you need to register online and make your payment at the same time.

Payment can be made either by PayPal (click on the PayPal button on this page to pay):

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or by bank transfer (please remember you must  include bank charges when paying).

efsli’s bank details:

BNP Parisbas, Belgium


IBAN: BE71 290015049569

Account number: 290 – 0150495 – 69

EFSLI (European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters)


I want to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?

Cancellations must be send by email to and need to be confirmed by efsli. Please contact the training department for further details.

If your cancellation is received:

Before 15th August: 50% refund minus bank transfer fee

after 15th August: no refund

Changes in registration: 50 Euro (will be applied if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you).


Do you still need further information?

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact efsli at: