At the 2017 TDI Biennial Conference, we have an unbelievable number of informative workshops which will cover the following topics:

  • Accessible Apps
  • Emergency Communications
  • InFlight Entertainment Access
  • Interpreting in Medicine
  • Certified Deaf Interpreters in VRI
  • VRS
  • IP-CTS
  • Captions in Public Places in Portland, Oregon
  • Federal Relay
  • Consumer Advocacy

Learn more from Consumers and Industry Players on these topics. It is not often that such sessions are available to the public which cover topics addressing specifically technology accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing community. We are excited to offer the opportunity, in the pursuit of advancing accessibility in technology.

Thursday, July 27

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Two Breakout Workshops:

“An Update on Emergency Communications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” (Glen Echo, Lower Level)

Matthew Gerst, Director of State Regulatory & External Affairs, CTIA; Richard Ray, ADA Compliance Officer, City of Los Angeles Dept. of Disability; & Donna Platt, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


“The App Ecosystem: Revolutionizing Accessibility” (Forest Glen, Lower Level)

Moderator:  Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT/The App Association

Panelists:   Avonne Bell, Kelly Drye
Dr. Christian Vogler, Gallaudet University (invited)
Mary Bellard, Microsoft (invited)
Tina Childress (invited)
Carl Szabo, NetChoice


Friday, July 28

10:00 to 11:15 AM   Two Breakout Workshops:

“Caption Access In The Air” (Glen Echo, Lower Level)

Co-Presenters:  Zainab Alkebsi, Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf, and Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America


“HINTS-ASL Survey Results on On-Site, VRI, and VRS interpreting Services in Medicine, and VRI With Certified Deaf Interpreters”  (Forest Glen, Lower Level)

Presenters:  Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, Director, Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Lab and Associate Professor Department of Psychology, Gallaudet University                                                                                           Jessica Moseley, Chief Executive Officer, TCS Interpreting Services


Friday, July 28

1:15 to 2:30 PM  Two Breakout Workshops

“Enhancing the VRS Calling Experience” (Glen Echo, Lower Level)

Panelists:  Zainab Alkebsi, Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf

Chris Wagner, Chief Operating Officer, ZVRS,

Lance Pickett, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Sorenson Communications,

David Bahar, Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, CSD

Mark Hill, President, Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization

Neal Tucker, Policy/Compliance Coordinator, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Bryen Yunashko, President, Chicagoland DeafBlind Alliance, and

Alfred Sonnenstrahl, Vice President, Deaf Seniors of America


“Enhancing the IP-CTS Calling Experience” (Forest Glen, Lower Level)

Panelists:  Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America,
Dixie Ziegler, Vice President, Hamilton Relay,
Michael Ellis, Global Vice President of Sprint Accessibility,
Ron Bibler, Consumer, State of Montana,
Cameron Tingey, Vice President of Outreach, CaptionCall,
Pam Holmes, Executive Director, Customer Service/Regulatory Affairs, Ultratec, Inc., and
Mike Strecker, Vice President of Regulatory and Strategic Policy, Clear Captions


Friday, July 28

2:45 to 4:00 PM  One of Two Breakout Workshops:

Three Brief Presentations in A Workshop: (Forest Glen, Lower Level)

“Captions On Now;” “Who Are The Consumers?;” and “Federal Relay: Total TelecommunicationAccess for Federal Government”

Presenters:  Jim House, Communication Specialist, Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center, Seattle, WA; Sharon Hayes, Director, Video Relay Services Consumer Association, and Chanel Gleicher, Outreach and Marketing Manager, Federal Relay, Sprint Accessibility


While we strongly encourage you to attend the full conference, if you prefer to only register to attend the Conference for a day on either Thursday, July 28 or Friday, July 29, you absolutely can!  Saturday, July 29 is Consumers’ Day, so all are welcome to attend, and you do not need to register to experience what the TDI has to offer for the day.

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.

Conference Program (schedule of events):

We invite you to join us at the Conference.  Check our website or the links below to register for the Conference, to stay at the host hotel – the Bethesda North Marriott, and to buy tickets for the baseball game.  You can register for full combo tickets, or single events like the President’s Reception, the two Luncheons – Professional Motivational or Awards, and the Dinner/Entertainment Finale. 

Conference Registration:

Nationals vs Rockies Baseball Game, Friday, July 28:

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.