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Call for TDI Biennial Awards Nominations

Time to give some kudos for advocacy well done!

It is time again for TDI to recognize some outstanding individuals, companies, and organizations that have helped us shape an accessible world.  Every two years, TDI takes the time to recognize individuals, companies and organizations that have made a significant impact on telecommunications, media and information technology access.  The four most recent winners for each award are listed below for your reference.  The complete list of past winners can be found in the Blue Pages of the TDI Blue Book.

Think of someone or some company that has gone the extra mile within the past two years to ensure our access to telecommunications, media and information technology.  Tell us all about it.

Then make plans to come to this year’s TDI Conference in downtown North Bethesda, Maryland!  It should definitely be inspiring watching the honorees receive their due recognition.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

TDI seeks nominations for the following awards:

The H. Latham Breunig Humanitarian Award In recognition of outstanding contributions to the program or activities of TDI.
Past Award Recipients:

  • 2009 – National Technical Institute of the Deaf
  • 2011 – Eliot Greenwald, Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 – Carol Sliney, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2015 – Andrea Saks, Gloucester, UK

 

The Robert H. Weitbrecht Telecommunications Access Award In recognition of outstanding contributions by any means to improve accessibility to telecommunications, media and information technology in the United States.
Past Award Recipients:

  • 2009 – Pat Graves, Monument, Colorado
  • 2011 – Apple, Inc.
  • 2013 – James D. House, Portland, Oregon
  • 2015 – Richard L. Ray, Los Angeles, CA, and Donna B. Platt, Raleigh, NC

 

The Andrew Saks Engineering Award In recognition of outstanding contributions to improving accessibility to telecommunications, media and information technology in the United States through efforts in design, electronics or engineering.
Past Award Recipients:

  • 2009 – Kevin Colwell, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2011 – Google
  • 2013 – Microsoft
  • 2015 – Glide, Jerusalem, IL

 

The James C. Marsters Promotion Award In recognition of outstanding contributions to improving accessibility to telecommunications, media and information technology in the United States through efforts in promotion, marketing, or public relations.
Past Award Recipients:

  • 2009 – AT&T & Verizon
  • 2011 – ZVRS
  • 2013 – Hamilton Relay
  • 2015 – Convo Relay, Pleasanton, CA

 

The Karen Peltz Strauss Public Policy Award In recognition of outstanding contributions to improving accessibility to telecommunications, media and information technology in the United States through efforts in public policy development.
Past Award Recipients:

  • 2009 – U.S. Senator John McCain (R), AZ,U.S. Representative Edward Markey (D), MA
  • 2011 – FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps, Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 – Blake E. Reid, Boulder, CO
  • 2015 – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Washington, DC

 

The I. Lee Brody Lifetime Achievement Award In recognition of an individual who has devoted significant time and energy over an extended number of years to improving accessibility to telecommunications, media and information technology in the United States.
Past Award Recipients:

  • 2009 – Dr. Judy Harkins, Washington, D.C.
  • 2011 – Ed Bosson, Wimberly, Texas
  • 2013 – Philip W. Bravin, Chester, Vermont
  • 2015 – Cheryl A. Heppner, Fairfax, VA

 

 

When sending your nomination, be sure to provide the name of the person, company or organization being nominated, the award for which the nomination is made, a brief statement supporting the nomination (why you think the nominee deserves the award), and your contact information (name, address, phone and e-mail).

Nominations are to be mailed to TDI, 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 121, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or sent via email to cstout@TDIforAccess.org.

The presentation of these awards will be made during the 22nd TDI Biennial Conference on July 29, 2017, in North Bethesda, Maryland.

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We will accept all nominations from anyone up to but no later than March 31, 2017.

Don’t forget to please send your nominations to TDI today!  We’re seriously excited to see who you’ll nominate! Thank you for helping us to recognize those who deserve recognition!