Conference Overview

Mark your calendars – the TDI Biennial Conference will happen online from July 26 – 29, 2021, the same week as the 31st anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

For the first time, the TDI Conference will be fully virtual allowing everyone to tune in from anywhere in the world. Registration is free for all TDI Members. If you aren’t a member, sign up today for only $25 and you’ll receive everything you need to join the Conference. If you are a member of BIPOC-Deaf organization affiliated with TDI, contact your organization leader for information on steeply discounted TDI Conference registration. 

Due to the online nature of the Conference, we’ve modified our traditional schedule to Monday through Thursday 1-5pm. You can review the schedule, presenters and panelists, and register all online at Keep reading to see why you should register as soon as possible! 

This year’s conference theme “Reset and Reconnect,” reflects the seismic change many of us had to make, shifting from our traditional ways of doing business or providing education to a fully virtual world. This change has created a wake-up call for us regarding ensuring a full “tele-world” access for employees, patients, students, and families. 

To kick off the event, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel from the Federal Communications Commission will be the keynoter. We’re also adding a new program called “Fireside Chat”, a discussion between TDI’s CEO and special guests. There will be seven main topics involving panelists and inviting questions from the audience: 

  • Town Hall with the Federal Communication Commission’s Disability Rights Office,
  • Next Generation Relay, 
  • Automated Captioning, 
  • Tele-platform access (conferencing, tele-health, and tele-edu),
  • Gaming & Game Systems, 
  • Diversity and Inclusion within Information and Communication Technologies, and
  • Broadband Access. 

The Conference will continue with its traditional functions like the President’s Reception, TDI Awards, and Closing Ceremonies. There will be no additional cost to participate in these events. While we traditionally have banquet meals with this event, we can’t box food for everyone. Instead, the first 100 people to register will receive a special gift shipped to their home. 

Be sure to subscribe to TDI eNotes, follow our social media accounts, or visit our website to keep up with the latest Conference information. You don’t want to miss this because we’ll be discussing the future of accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people for decades to come!