TDI is the nation’s leading advocate for deaf and hard of hearing people’s equitable access to telephone, radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable networks.
people to have hearing loss by 2050, whereas the US population is expected to be 458 million
Policy comments TDI submitted to federal agencies since 2000
TDI’s Major Programs
To further deaf and hard of hearing people’s access to information and communication technology, TDI submits policy comments, hosts several events, and distributes a digital publication. Click on any of our programs below to learn more.
TDI uses the term DHH to represent the diverse members of the deaf and hard of hearing community, including those who are:
deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deafblind, lip-readers, cued-users, veterans with hearing loss, senior citizens, deafdisabled, and/or having additional sensory, mobility, cognitive or other communication disabilities.
In TDI’s policy pursuits, we are committed to the following core objectives:
- All DHH people must have multiple ways to directly connect with 9-1-1 centers.
- DHH people must be able to access, receive and immediately comprehend all emergency alerts when broadcasted live.
Telecommunication Relay Services
- The national relay system must be fully accessible to all DHH people.
- The TRS system must be interoperable with emerging telecommunication and video-phony platforms allowing DHH people to directly connect with anyone.
- All types of captioning systems should be accurate in spelling, syntax, punctuation, and grammar.
- Captions should be synchronous audio and video files, nor overlap with other text.
- All video content shall be captioned (including cable, satellite, streaming, etc).