July 20, 2015
Shaping An Accessible World
Come Join Us the 2015 TDI Biennial Conference at Baltimore!
Greetings from TDI to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Americans in DC, MD, & VA!
This opportunity is extended also to those living in adjoining areas like PA, NJ, and NY.
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) has some good news to share with you. TDI will be having our 21st Biennial Conference on August 19–22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.
This Conference is offering you a wonderful three-day’s experience and opportunities for personal/professional development as well as some time for fun with friends and family. You get to learn about the latest in public policy for disability access, to network with others from with business and government, and to visit the exhibits that give you the latest information on accessible products and services. You meet the industry leaders that have worked with TDI and its sister consumer groups in the last two years on access topics such as relay services, emergency communications, wireless communications and information, and captioning of video programming.
You get to see others speak about the research and other studies that have been conducted for accessibility in information, communication, hearing enhancement, and employment. There will be updates given on federal government initiatives for employment and civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. For some of you still working every day, you benefit from getting pointers from a panel of well-known deaf and hard of hearing leaders on their experience interacting with their fellow hearing colleagues in the workplace. Some key Federal Communications Commission officials speak about recent initiatives from the Commission for relay services, captioning of video programming (TV and Internet), emergency communications, and advanced communication services, etc.
For the first time ever, there will be the new Technology and Youth Forum which give spotlight on the latest in innovation and accessibility from today’s generation of young Americans that are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing (aged less than 35). We will recognize a number of individuals and companies in an Awards Luncheon for their contributions in the community, engineering, telecommunication access, marketing and public relations, and public policy. Last but not least, you celebrate with us on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Would you like to attend the ball game? We are pleased that there will be a TDI section in Camden Yards on Wednesday evening, August 19 for the major league baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Mets. Camden Yards is just a few blocks from our host hotel. Instead of taking risky deep-sea diving out in the oceans, would you want the pleasure of seeing some unbelievable creatures within the tanks of the Aquarium on Friday night, August 21? The Aquarium is on Inner Harbor, just a short walk from the hotel.
Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gives the keynote address in the early morning of Thursday, August 20. Angela Officer, who is Senior Program Manager with Sprint Relay, gives inspiring remarks for the Professional and Motivational Luncheon at noon on Friday, August 21. And we see Jarrod Musano, Chief Executive Officer with Convo Relay give his thoughts on what it is like to run a business under a challenging regulatory climate in relay services. At the conclusion of the Conference on Saturday evening, August 22, we enjoy a good dinner at the hotel, and then watch a great entertainment show featuring Jennifer Ann Cook and CJ Jones, both from the state of California.
Check out the most recent revised CONFERENCE PROGRAM (schedule of events) here:
We invite you to join us at the Conference. Check our website www.tdiforaccess.org or the links below to register for the Conference, to stay at the host hotel – the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, and to buy tickets for either the baseball game or the tour of the National Aquarium. You can register for full combo tickets, or single events like the President’s Reception, the two Luncheons, and the Dinner/Entertainment Finale. You need not be registered in order to attend any one of the aforementioned four food functions.
Orioles-Mets Baseball Game, Wednesday, August 19:
If you still need information or support to make Conference plans, feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you can join us at the Conference. We will be happy to assist you until you are completely satisfied. We thank you very much for considering our invitation to participate in the Conference.
Come join us at the TDI Conference in Baltimore!
Claude L. Stout
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)