COVID-19 Update

Dear ICED Colleagues and Friends

The ICED 2020 Organising Committee regretfully advises that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become necessary to postpone the ICED 2020 Congress.  The Congress will now take place on 5 – 8 July 2021.

This decision reflects our primary concerns for the health and well-being of all involved and our careful consideration of the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the directives issued by the Australian Government.

We plan to maintain the same Congress theme The Power of Connection and hope you are able to join us for the rescheduled Congress in 2021.

The following outlines what this date change means for you.

Your registration is still valid for the 2021 Congress. As such, we have transferred all registrations to the new dates. No further action will be required from you.

Should you not be able to attend and wish to cancel your registration and have your fee refunded. Our standard cancellation terms apply based on the new event dates:

  • Cancellations before 30 April 2020 will incur no fee to cancel their registration
  • Cancellations between 1 May 2020 and 5 April 2021 will incur a A$150.00 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations from 6 April 2021 to 24 May 2021 will incur a 50% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations on or after 25 May 2021 will receive no refund.

ICED 2020 keynote speakers and authors of papers/spotlight presentations are strongly encouraged to participate in ICED 2021.

In order to secure their place in the program, speakers will be asked to confirm their intention to participate in the Congress now. Later this year the abstract portal will re-open and speakers will have the opportunity to submit an updated abstract to ensure that the content is current. Plans for the program for ICED 2021 are under review and it is anticipated that, when the abstract portal is reopened there will be a call to refresh other abstract submissions and/or a call for new abstracts. In that way, we intend to ensure a strong and current program.

For now, all speakers who were advised of their acceptance of an abstract or poster/spotlight presentation are asked to confirm their intention to proceed with their involvement in the 2021 Congress by Thursday 30 April 2020. If we don’t hear from you by that date, the position in the program will be reopened for another presentation as part of the program review.

If you booked your accommodation through the Congress Managers as part of your registration process, your accommodation has been transferred over automatically to the new dates next year. No further action will be required from you.

If you are cancelling your registration and therefore your accommodation booking (if booked through the Congress Managers) you will receive a full refund of any amounts paid to date.

We recommend you contact the travel agent who booked your flights to understand your individual cancellation options. It is likely you will be liable to pay some fees with your airline.
You may like to consider the following:

  1. If you wish to cancel your flights please do so as soon as possible. You may incur a cancellation fee, but failure to cancel will result in paying the full fare.
  2. Check with the airline directly whether they will waive change or cancellation fees given the circumstances.
  3. Check with your travel insurance company if they will cover the fees associated with cancellations or changes.

Communication about the Pasifika event planned to run before ICED 2020 will be forthcoming from the groups specifically organising this activity.

At a later date, the Congress Committee will provide further details regarding the program for the rescheduled Congress. For all other queries please contact Arinex Congress Managers at . We appreciate your patience whilst we work through this unusual situation, and sincerely hope you can join us for ICED in July 2021!

Kind regards,
ICED Committee and Congress Managers


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Key Dates

Call for Abstracts: Now Open
Registrations: Now Open
Call for Abstracts Close: Closed
Early Bird Deadline: 6 April 2020
Congress Dates: 6-9 July 2020




A very warm invitation  for you  from Brisbane, Australia  to participate in the 23rd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) (#ICED-Deaf2020) from 6th to 9th July 2020.

Our beautiful river city, Brisbane, is the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State of Australia, and a magnificent location for ICED 2020. Delegates will enjoy clear blue July winter skies for 8 hours each day and daily temperatures of 9 – 21 ° C or 49 – 70 ° F.

ICED is the peak international forum for sharing evidence-based practice, research and ideas about education of Deaf / hard of hearing students.  The first ICED was held in Paris in 1878, and since 1975 has been held every 5 years in countries throughout the world.

This is your opportunity to come to Australia for your next or your introductory ICED experience. 

Our theme is The Power of Connection:

  • connections throughout the world and across languages and cultures
  • connections through spoken, sign and written languages
  • connections between researchers and practitioners
  • connections between teachers of the deaf and mainstream educators
  • connections between teachers of the deaf and other professionals
  • connections between professionals, students and their families

The theme of connection is symbolised by the Brisbane River as it winds its way from the mountains, through the hinterland, into the city, and connecting all to the sea.  The connection of the past, the present and the future. The connection of country, suburbs and city.  The connection of mountains, river valley and sea.  For those of us lucky enough to live here, the Brisbane River is an iconic representation of connection throughout our lives.

Brisbane has much to offer as an international destination as a compact, relaxed and affordable Australian city.  Brisbane is also an ideal launch pad for exploring some of Australia’s most iconic destinations, including the Great Barrier Reef. Our invitation is to take the opportunity while you are here to experience the Congress and experience our wonderful city Brisbane, and our state, Queensland. 

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