We have seriously awesome news to share with you. We are formally inviting you to join us for dinner and enjoy excellent entertainment as provided by renowned entertainers CJ and JAC at the 21st Biennial Conference of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. in Baltimore.  The Conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, which is on 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD, just across the street from Inner Harbor. On Saturday, August 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST, TDI will be hosting the Entertainment Dinner Finale at the Constellation AB room on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore hotel.

CJ Jones

Not only is C.J. an actor, comedian, and director, he is also a CEO, producer, writer, educator, musician, and motivational speaker. He has been a professional storyteller with a unique style of visual imagery for more than 25 years.

He has acted in TV, written several one-man shows that has toured the U.S. and internationally, giving motivational speeches to colleges and companies. Cast as Orin in “Children of a Lesser God,” he toured the U.S. and Canada for two years, garnering a group Tony award. He has also appeared on NBC’s “Frasier,” ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights,” the PBS television shows “Sesame Street” and “Rainbow’s End,” and was the host of “Happy Hands Kids Klub.” He has done voice over roles, voicing a deaf Indian (played by a hearing actor) in a movie called “PathFinder” from 20th Century Fox. Jones is one of four deaf performers showcased in the 2010 documentary “See What I’m Saying,” directed by Hilari Scarl. He also appeared in “Through Deaf Eyes” on PBS.

As an entertainer, CJ Jones has done just about everything, from performing a Tony Award winning play on National Tour, to directing Deaf kids from high school to kindergarten in their own productions. He has acted in TV, written several one-man shows that have toured the US and internationally, and gives motivational speeches to colleges and companies. CJ has performed his one-man show in Ecuador, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the US Virgin Islands, and in every state in the union. He has performed in hundreds of elementary, high schools, universities, colleges, conventions, and many events across the continent, inspiring hearing and deaf, young and old.

Jennifer Ann Cook (JAC)

JAC is a passionate individual; well-known as a sharp-witted dynamic speaker, entertainer, trainer and storyteller.  JAC is an ASL sign master for performing interpreters for nearly 20 years.  She is a professional mistress of ceremonies for numerous national and local organizations.  She is a co-faciliator/trainer for the Disaster Readiness Interpreter training program under the U.S Department of Homeland Security.

She serves on the Board of Deaf Women United, Inc. and represented the Deaf community for the White House AIDS czar.  She works as a Community Resources Coordinator at California School for the Deaf, Fremont.

We will also be celebrating Sprint Relay’s 25th Anniversary with a short video, and Sprint Relay is also providing a very tasty Anniversary cake at the event.  Sprint Relay is to be commended for all they have done in the past 25 years. We’re certain that the cake and video will be most indicative of how tasty their achievements are!

It’s a great opportunity to experience absolutely delightful entertainment by JAC and CJ, accompanied by a tasty dinner. This will definitely be a night to remember!  We would be deeply honored if you join us for the Entertainment Dinner Finale at the Conference on August 22.  It will cost each of you $50 to attend the luncheon, and you need not register for the Conference to attend the Dinner.  There is a parking garage, connected to the hotel, and it is $14 per day.  That includes a wonderful plated dinner, watching JAC and CJ’s masterful hands at entertainment, and socializing with many others attending the dinner.  This opportunity is definitely a bargain to be had and not to be missed! If you’re interested, please head to our website to sign up:


While we strongly encourage you to attend the full conference, if you prefer to only attend the Entertainment Dinner Finale, you absolutely can!  Just make sure to select that event from the à la carte section while registering at the above link.  Don’t forget, August 22 is Consumer’s Day, so all are welcome to attend, and do not need to register to experience what the TDI has to offer for the day.  There’s a keynote address by Jarrod Musano, CEO of Convo Relay, Technology and Youth Forum (participated by Glide, evoHax, Transcense, and MotionSavvy!), plenary session with Larry from Yahoo! and Ken from Google, and so much more!

In order for us to know how many that will join us for this event, while not required, we would appreciate a RSVP from you on whether you can join us or not. Kindly let us know by August 14.  Thank you, and hope to see you there.  We know CJ and JAC will deeply appreciate having your support with your presence there.  The eight-member TDI Board of Directors will, too, we know.

This Conference offers you and others a wonderful three-day’s experience and opportunities for personal/professional development.  You learn about the latest in public policy for disability access, to network with others from with business and government, and to visit the exhibits that give you the latest information and hands-on experience with accessible products and services.  You meet the industry leaders that have worked with TDI and its sister consumer groups in the last two years on access topics such as relay services, emergency communications, wireless communications and information, and captioning of video programming. 

Check out the conference program (schedule of events) here: https://tdiforaccess.org/about_tdi.aspx?key=About%20TDI(Biennial%20Conference-Program%20Schedule)&select=AboutTDI

We invite you to join us at the Conference.  Check our website tdiforaccess.org or the links below to register for the Conference, to stay at the host hotel – the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, and to buy tickets for either the baseball game or the tour of the National Aquarium.  You can register for full combo tickets, or single events like the President’s Reception, the two Luncheons, and the Dinner/Entertainment Finale. 

Conference Registration:

Hotel Registration: 

Orioles-Mets Baseball Game, Wednesday, August 19: 

If you still need information or support to make Conference plans, feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected].  We will then contact you, and help you until you are completely satisfied.  We thank you very much for considering our invitation to participate in the Conference.