On Thursday October 25th TDI will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary, hosting a celebratory gala at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Rockville, MD. Nearly 500 guests are expected to attend — recognizing this crowning achievement for a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring equal access to telecommunications, technology, and media for the 48 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans.
Alex Abenchuchan, host and creator of The Daily Moth, is the gala’s keynote speaker. The Daily Moth, an online news show, attracts over 200,000 followers tuning in to watch the latest news. Alex diligently researches media content from around the world and reports it in ASL via his website, which is distributed over various social media platforms.
The gala will conclude at 10 p.m., immediately following is the YouthQuake event. This event is expected to draw an additional 100 people, mostly young deaf and hard of hearing adults.
“We understand those who just entered the workforce or will soon graduate from college may not be afforded the opportunity to interact with trailblazers and other notable individuals that paved the way in creating accessible technology for the current generation,” mused, Claude Stout, Executive Director of TDI. “We want the younger generation to know that we deeply value them and the future of their access. We want to give them the opportunity to build a network and learn wisdom from our pioneers. Considering the significant number of community contributors attending our gala, we want to make the evening portion welcoming for our younger generation. It is the least we can do to bridge the gap and create a stronger path to a more accessible future.”
YouthQuake is free for anyone to attend and starts at 10 p.m. in the same ballroom where the 50th Anniversary gala is hosted. Although free, a ticket is still required for entry. Tickets can easily be secured online at: TDIforAccess.org/Gala.
YouthQuake features DJ Nico DiMarco spinning bass-thumping music all the night. Cash bar, a light range of finger food, and photo booth will be available. YouthQuake will conclude at 1 a.m. The Hotel’s On The Rocks dining facility will be open for an additional hour.