Welcome to the DbI Usher Network Site

In memory of Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz

Very sad news to hear about the death of Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz on Thursday.  She did amazing work to support the Usher community and delivered wonderful presentations for the Deafblind international Usher Network Pre-conference, Sense and contributed to the Usher Information pack. She met many people with Usher over the years. We feel incredibly privileged to have met and worked with her. She will be very sorely missed by Sense Usher service (UK), DbI and the Usher community.

We all send our thoughts to her family at this very sad time.


Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast (Australia) 11th-12th August 2019

Are you keen to learn more about Usher syndrome?

Do you want to share your professional experiences in this field?

Do you want to learn more from people with Usher about their own personal experiences, challenges and achievements?

If so, then join us at the International Pre-Conference for a fascinating programme of Usher events covering psychology, employment and social fields, as well as an ‘expert panel’. There will be speakers from all over the world, together with people from all areas of the Usher community, including professionals, Usher people & their families.

Throughout the two days, there will be tea and coffee and a buffet lunch.

If you would like to be a speaker, please contact Emma Boswell.


We had a successful Usher Network Pre-conference in Aalborg, Denmark in September 2017.   This provided a fantastic opportunity for people to share ideas, research and network within the sphere of Usher syndrome.

Please see our Activities page for more information.

Aims and objectives of the Usher Network

We hope to share knowledge about research and best practice across countries and organisations. The Usher Network will be an ongoing group with discussions around new developments in working with people with Usher syndrome. We will use the group as a platform to share information and provide innovative new working practices. We will achieve this by:

    • collecting, discussing, communicating and disseminating new research and developments in Usher syndrome (medical and psychosocial research, legal developments)
    • supporting members’ requests in various countries
    • ensuring that views and current best practice related to Usher syndrome is disseminated to DbI members and collected in the network
    • communicating new developments in relevant magazines/ journals/newsletters, at conferences etc.
  • representing the interests of people with Usher syndrome at major conferences, events and in general society.

How to become a member of the Usher Network

If you would like to be a member of the Usher Network, please provide your e-mail address to the contact person.