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IFHOH Congress 2008 Vancouver, Canada
Sunday 9 September 2007

Dear IFHOHYP members,

Please see the information given about the next summer's IFHOH Congress in Vancouver, Canada. This congress is held every four years and this time there'll also be a Youth Forum. The first Youth Forum was held in 2004 in Helsinki. Negotiations about the content of the Youth Forum and conditions for participation of HoH young people are going on between CHHA, IFHOH and IFHOHYP.

IFHOHYP encourages its members to get involved in the Congress and to propose to present their workshop, project or a discussion. The deadline for proposals is the 28th of September. You can find more information in the press release below and in the attachments.



The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People are hosting the eighth International Hard of Hearing Congress in Vancouver, Canada July 2-6, 2008. This prestigious international conference, which is held every four years, draws presenters and participants from countries around the world. This is the first time that the Congress will be held in North America.

The theme for Congress, A Global Community of Communication, reflects the growing momentum to recognizing the significance of hearing loss as a major health and socio-economic concern. Societal impacts of hearing loss has far-reaching in terms of healthcare costs, poverty, loss of economic gains, reduction in quality of life, and lack of civic participation. The good news is that the effects of a hearing loss can be ameliorated through early detection and intervention programs, educational and self-help support, education and awareness of hearing loss, technological supports, and medical care and other interventions. Congress 2008 will cover these areas through presentations, workshops and poster sessions.

Congress 2008 will be unique in bringing together consumers and professionals to discuss hearing loss issues. A specific youth forum will be tailored for youth and young adults.

The Congress will be held at the first-class Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Province of British Columbia will play host to the Olympic Winter Games in 2010 and offers many exciting places to visit as well as much to do including the renowned Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver Aquarium, Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and Stanley Park, just to cite a few attractions of this Pacific Coast Jewel. Visit to view all the wonders that Vancouver will offer you during your time at the International Congress.

The Call for Proposals for the Congress has been issued and September 28th is the deadline for submissions. For more information about the Call for Proposals to Present and about the Congress go to or e-mail

Adobe Acrobat document Poster (size: 87.51 KB) 
Adobe Acrobat document Tentative Conference Schedule (size: 99.38 KB) 
Adobe Acrobat document Call for Proposals to Present (size: 188.42 KB) 
Adobe Acrobat document Preliminary Registration Form (size: 107.83 KB)