The organizing committee released the announcement the the 21st National DeafBlind Conference" scheduled on August 26-29, 2011 in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture was canceled due to the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The preparation has been advanced with the cooperation from the Shizuoka Prefecture DeafBlind Organization and their supporters since six months ago.
The recent earthquake was the main reason for the cancellation; lack of funding to hold the conference, the great deal of damage in the whole country, the electric blackout in the Kanto Region including Tokyo, the possible disorder in the public transportation facilities, and the feelings of people affected, etc.
Then National DeafBlind Conference has been held every year since 1991, and the cancellation of the conference was the first time this year.
Also the 10th Helen Keller World Conferece and the World Federation for the DeafBlind Assembly scheduled in Japan this year will not be held for the same reason stated above.