Call for Nominations: 2021 TDI Awards

TDI award (gold cup)

Do you know a person or company that has made outstanding contributions in creating accessible communications and information technology?

Every two years during its Biennial Conference, TDI honors and awards those who have made a significant impact in communications and information technology access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The TDI Board of Directors recognizes six individuals, organizations, and/or companies for humanitarian, promotion, engineering, public policy, access, and lifetime achievements. The TDI Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge a colleague or company whose efforts you appreciate.

The award process is confidential and the nominee should not be aware of their nomination. You may speak confidentially with others to initiate and support a nomination. The nomination deadline is May 14, 2021.

To submit a nomination, please fill out the board nomination form, or scroll down to the bottom.

The H. Latham Breunig Award for Humanitarian Efforts

This award is given to individuals, organizations, or companies who have made outstanding contributions to the program or activities of TDI.

In making its decision, the Awards committee will examine the nominee’s personal and professional contribution to TDI.

The Robert H. Weitbrecht Award for Access

This award is given to individuals, organizations, or companies who have made outstanding contributions by any means to improve accessibility in communications and information technology..

In making its decision, the Awards committee will examine the nominee’s personal and professional contribution to accessibility in communications and information technology for deaf and hard of hearing people.

The Andrew Saks Award for Engineering

This award is given to individuals, organizations, or companies who have made outstanding contributions in improving accessibility in communications and information technology through efforts in design, electronics, or engineering. The award may not necessarily be awarded every two years.

In making its decision, the Awards committee will examine the nominee’s personal and professional innovation in improving or enhancing accessibility in communications and information technology for deaf and hard of hearing people.

The James C. Marsters Award for Promotion

This award is given to individuals, organizations, or companies who have made outstanding contributions in improving accessibility in communications and information technology through promotion, marketing, or public relations. The award may not necessarily be awarded every two years.

In making its decision, the Awards committee will examine the nominee’s personal and professional innovation in raising public awareness to create, use, or implement accessible communication and information technologies.

The Karen Peltz Strauss Award for Public Policy

This award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in improving accessibility in communications and information technology through efforts in public policy development. The award may not necessarily be awarded every two years.

In making its decision, the Awards committee will examine the nominee’s personal and professional public policy proposals and its inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing people.

The I. Lee Brody Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given to individuals who have devoted time and energy over an extended number of years to improve accessibility in communications and information technology.

In making its decision, the Awards committee will examine the nominee’s personal and professional lifetime contributions in communication and information technology access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

About TDI

TDI is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that shapes the nation’s public policies in information and communication services advancing the interests of the 48 million people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf+. Established in 1968, initially to distribute Teletype writers (TTYs) to the deaf and hard of hearing community and publish an annual directory of TTY numbers. Once TTYs became mainstream, TDI shifted its focus to ensuring communications and information technology remain accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people.