Why Support TDI
TDI, like most non-profit organizations, is continually in a battle for economic survival. The income that it receives from membership dues amounts to only a fraction of the funds necessary to pursue its mission. Its revenue streams are never certain. It depends to a large extent on the continuing, generous and deeply appreciated support of its many advertisers, sponsors, and contributors.
The current mission of TDI is to “provide leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technology for deaf and hard of hearing people,” and that includes people who consider themselves deaf, culturally Deaf, late-deafened, oral deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing. TDI works for access for everyone with hearing loss!
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), “approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.” [Source]
That’s about one out of every five people in the United States! So why is that a big deal? Because of the way we presently live. Our primary entertainment venue is television. Cell phones and pagers are everywhere, allowing us to keep in touch with others almost anytime and anywhere. We rent our movies at the local video store and watch them in the privacy of our own home (with our PJs and slippers on). We seldom really write a letter, preferring rather to use e-mail, instant messaging (IM) or short message service (SMS) on our cell phone. We avoid going to the mall, preferring to do our shopping on the Web and have our purchases delivered to our door. Because of employment and transportation mobility, families are scattered from one end of the country to the other, and family members keep in touch mostly by phone. Today, competing in the global economy requires constant and heavy use of telecommunications technology. So access to that technology is of vital importance to employers, employees and the economic health of our nation. In essence, our lives revolve around technology!
But doing the things that ensure access to that technology for persons with hearing loss takes people, commitment, and money. And TDI has been promoting accessible technology for the past 40 years with few people, big committed hearts, and not much money. So, please resolve to support TDI, and help ensure continued access to telecommunications, media and information technology for deaf and hard of hearing people, so they too can fully enjoy living in the technology based world of today.
What are you waiting for? Support TDI, and help to make our advocacy efforts all the more possible!