We have good news to share with you. We would love to to extend an invitation to you to join us for plenary sessions presented by Colet Mitchell and Eve Hill at the 21st Biennial Conference of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. in Baltimore. Colet Mitchell of the U.S. Department of Labor will be presenting “Everybody is Important” on Thursday, August 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room Constellation B on the second floor.  Eve Hill of the U.S. Department of Justice will be presenting “Disability Rights Action & Advocacy 25 Years After the ADA”  in room Constellation B on the second floor on Friday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The Conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, which is on 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD, just across the street from Inner Harbor.

Colet Mitchell’s Background

Colet Mitchell is the Lead Policy Analyst on the Employer Team in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  Colet is an educator and has worked for the Veteran’s Employment and Training Service, and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Pentagon Education Center and the Rochester, New York School District. She holds a B.S. in History and M.S. in Education from the State University of New York.

Eve Hill’s Background

Eve Hill is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she is a member of the Civil Rights Division’s leadership team and is responsible for oversight of the Division’s disability rights enforcement, educational civil rights enforcement, interagency coordination of civil rights laws, and the American Indian Working Group. Her career in disability rights has included being Of Counsel with the law firm of Brown Goldstein & Levy, Senior Vice President of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, founding Director of the Washington DC Office of Disability Rights, Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. 

It’s a great opportunity to witness their presentations, and gain a peek into their minds as well as perspectives from the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice. This will definitely be worth attending!  We would be deeply honored if you join us for their presentations at the Conference on August 20 & 21.  One day registration starts at $60, and will include all plenary sessions, workshops, and the exhibits.  There is a parking garage, connected to the hotel, and it is $10 per day.  Get the pass from the Conference registration desk and you will only pay $10 per day if you are not staying in the hotel. If you stay at the hotel, it is $14 per day.

While we strongly encourage you to attend the full conference, if you prefer to only attend the day’s events, you absolutely can!  

Don’t forget, August 22 is Consumers’ 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, Ava by Transcense, and MotionSavvy!), plenary session with Larry from Yahoo! and Ken from Google, and so much more on Saturday, August 22!

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 17.  Thank you, and hope to see you there.  We know Colet Mitchell and Eve Hill will appreciate having your support during their plenary sessions there.  The eight-member TDI Board of Directors will, too, we know.

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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.