Contact Us
Search

2017 TDI Conference Agenda (Tentative)

22nd TDI Biennial Conference
Schedule of Events
(tentative, subject to change)

 

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel 5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852
July 26-29, 2017
(Revised as of May 3, 2017)

PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, July 26

Registration – 12 noon to 5 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. TDI Board of Directors Meeting
- This meeting is open to the public.

 

TDI CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES – Day 1
Thursday, July 27

Plenary sessions and breakout workshops at Bethesda North Marriott require registration.
Registration is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
President’s Reception is open to the public at admission fee – no registration required.
Exhibits and product/service demonstrations will be open only on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29.
Exhibitors set up their booths from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony

Sheila Conlon-Mentkowski – Emcee
Introduction of TDI Board of Directors & Executive Director
Keynote Address  Mr. Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Town Hall with Key Officials with Disability Rights Office, and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
Moderator: Stephanie Buell

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (on your own, if time left, go visit the exhibits!)

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Plenary Session:
Keynote Address: “Accessibility at Apple: Innovating for all”
Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Manager for Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, Apple Corporation

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.    Plenary Session:

Presentation on “Holograms Delivering Sign Language”
David Rose, Chief Executive Officer, Prsonas, Inc.

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Breakout Workshops:
1.)  “An Update on Emergency Communications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing”
Matthew Gerst, Director of State Regulatory & External Affairs, CTIA; Richard Ray, ADA Compliance Officer, City of Los Angeles Department of Disability; and Donna Platt, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

2.)  “The App Ecosystem: Revolutionizing Accessibility”
Moderator: Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT/The App Association (confirmed)

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. President’s Reception (Admission: $50.00)

Sheila Conlon-Mentkowski, President, TDI Board of Directors
(short program on TDI’s 2015-2017 accomplishments commences around eight p.m.)

 

TDI CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES – Day 2
Friday, July 28

Plenary sessions and breakout workshops at Bethesda North Marriott require registration.
Registration is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Exhibitors set up their booths from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Exhibits and product/service demonstrations are open to the public (admission, free of charge), from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Professional/Motivational Luncheon is open to the public at admission fee – no registration required.
Major League Baseball Game at Nationals Park, Washington, DC – Colorado Rockies versus Washington Nationals (optional, admission tickets are on sale from TDI. We will have seats in Section 136 at Nationals Park, right next to first base side of field.)

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Yoga Class, with instructor Barbara Eger-Klatt
(sign-up is requested with TDI’s office prior to taking class, and class is limited to 15 students)

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Plenary Session:
Keynote Address from Christopher Soukup, Chief Executive Officer, Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Breakout Workshops:

1.)  “Caption Access In The Air”
Presenter: Zainab Alkebsi, Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf
Panelist: Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America

2.)  “HINTS-ASL Survey Results on On-Site, VRI, and VRS interpreting Services in Medicine”
Presenters: Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, Director, Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Lab and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Gallaudet University

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Professional/Motivational Luncheon: (Admission: $50.00)
Luncheon Address: “The Universal Benefits of Accessible Design”
Haben Girma, First Deaf-Blind Graduate, Harvard Law School

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakout Workshops

1.)  “Enhancing the VRS Calling Experience”
Panelists: Zainab Alkebsi, Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf Bryen Yunashko, President, Chicagoland DeafBlind Alliance, and Alfred Sonnenstrahl, Vice President, Deaf Seniors of America

2.)  “Enhancing the IP-CTS Calling Experience”
Panelists: Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America
Pam Holmes, Director, Customer Service/Regulatory Affairs, Ultratec, Inc., and
Mike Strecker, Vice President of Regulatory and Strategic Policy, Clear Captions

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break

2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops:
1.)  Panel Discussion: “The Internet of Things”
Panelists: Linda Vandeloop, Assistant Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T (tentative)
2.)  Three Brief Presentations in A Workshop: “Captions On Now”
“Who Are The Consumers?” and “Federal Relay: Total Telecommunication Access for Federal Government”
Presenters: Jim House, Communication Specialist, Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center, Seattle, WA
Sharon Hayes, Director, Video Relay Services Consumer Association, and
Chanel Gleicher, Outreach and Marketing Manager, Federal Relay, Sprint Accessibility

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Prepare/leave for trip to Nationals Park for the baseball game

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Major League Baseball Game at Nationals Park
– Colorado Rockies versus Washington Nationals

 

TDI CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES – Day 3
Saturday, July 29 (Consumers Day)

Plenary sessions, breakout workshops, exhibits, and product/service demonstrations are open to consumers – no registration required.
 – Awards Luncheon and Dinner/Entertainment Finale are open to the public, separately at admission fee – no registration required.
Exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Yoga Class, with instructor Barbara Eger-Klatt
(sign-up is requested with TDI’s office prior to taking class, and class is limited to 15 students)

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am. Plenary Session:

“Facebook’s Impact on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community”
Presenter: Chris Langston, User Experience Researcher for Accessibility, Facebook
Panelists: Neil McDevitt, Executive Director, Deaf and Hearing Communication Centre, Swarthmore, PA
Tayler Mayer, Director of Public Relations, TDI

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Youth Forum
Moderator: Matt Myrick, Member-At Large, TDI Board of Directors, and Lead Accessibility Solutions at Chief Compliance Office, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. TDI Awards Luncheon (Admission $50.00)
Emcee:  Rebecca Rosenthal, Chair of TDI Awards Committee Presentation of six TDI Biennial Awards

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Breakout Workshops:
1.)  Panel Discussion: “The Future with Autonomous Driving & Its Benefits to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community”

2.)  Panel Discussion: “Accessibility of Gaming Systems and Virtual Reality for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing”
Moderator: Tayler Mayer, Director of Public Relations, TDI
Panelists: Linda Vandeloop, Assistant Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plenary Session:
Product Announcement from TDI: “uCaption Speech-to-Text & Correcting Technology”
Presenters: Eric Kaika, Product Manager, uCaption Project, TDI
Steve Jacobs, President, IDEAL Group, Inc.
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Prize Drawings: (to follow immediately after the uCaption product announcement)
Emcees: Andy Lange, Vice President, TDI
Tayler Mayer, Director of Public Relations, TDI

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Last Chance to Attend the Exhibit Hall

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Exhibitors dismantle their booths.

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: Dinner/Entertainment Finale (Admission – $50.00)