TDI (formally known as Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. ) was established in 1968 originally to promote further distribution of TTYs in the deaf community and to publish an annual national directory of TTY numbers. Today, it is an active national advocacy organization focusing its energies and resources to address equal access issues in telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind.
We see a world where people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind have full access to all forms of information, entertainment and telecommunications, thus enabling them to have the same opportunities as everyone else to fully participate in society.
TDI provides leadership and advocacy in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind people.
- Educate consumers and encourage their involvement in the continuing struggle for accessible telecommunications, media, and information technologies
- Provide technical assistance and consulting to industry, organizations, and individuals
- Encourage accessible applications of existing and emerging technologies in all sectors of the community
- Promote the uniformity of standards for telecommunications, media, and information technologies
- Network and collaborate with other disability organizations, government, industry and academia
- Develop and advocate for national policies that support accessible technology
- Publish the TDI World quarterly magazine
- Publish the annual TDI National Directory and Resource Guide, also known as The Blue Book.
- Disseminate TDI eNotes to members and friends of TDI with up-to-date news and action alerts.
- Host biennial conferences in different locations throughout the United States in odd-numbered years.