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TDI is Hiring: Development Coordinator

TDI is Hiring: Development Coordinator Telecommunications for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) is seeking to hire a contract-based Development Coordinator to help coordinate development efforts with industry partners. TDI, in collaboration with its partners,...

FCC Filing: Update to Video Relay Services (VRS)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO70kfZB8Ro Update to Video Relay Services (VRS) Update to Video Relay Services (VRS). VRS calls have historically been in call centers and not at-home settings.  The FCC has experienced continued fear, due to a wave of fraud and...

Training Institute: Fireside Chat with TDI and FCC

The Fireside with TDI & FCC webinar was hosted by TDI on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Panel members consisted wholly of FCC key staff: Diane Burstein, Suzy Rosen Singleton, Eliot Greenwald, Will Schell, and Joshua Mendelsohn. Moderator was...

Opportunity to Provide Feedback to Spectrum!

Provide Feedback to Spectrum! We are excited to share an opportunity for the deaf and hard of hearing community to provide direct feedback to one of our partners! Spectrum's goal is to provide an exceptional viewing experience for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing...

TDI’s Policy Comment Filings

FCC Filing: The Next Gen TV and Advanced Television Systems

The Next Advanced Television Systems technology is coming soon! TDI, with the support of the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic, has been monitoring its progress. Several Accessibility Advocacy and Research Organizations have partnered with us to ensure continued accessibility in next generation technology.

FCC Filing: Interoperable Video Conferencing Services

Interoperable Video Conferencing Services Accessibility Advocacy and Research Organizations. TDI, along with the listed consumer groups below, filed a comment to the Federal Communications Commission's Public Notice. This filing regarding the interoperable video...

Ex Parte FCC Filing: Accessibility Coalitions

Supporting Accessibility Coalitions. TDI met with various organizations in several groups and submitted ex parte letters to the Federal Communications Commission related to accessibility concerns. The critical importance of accessibility in children's programming...

FCC Filing: Application of NexTalk For Certification as a IP Captioned Telephone Service Provider

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), with the assistance of TDI’s legal representation, filed a comment to the Federal Communications Commission expressing their concerns about the Commission’s approach to reviewing and approving the ASR-based provider certifications. Specifically, IP Captioned Telephone Service Provider certifications. In previous comments with similar ASR-provider certification applications, we continued to raise concerns related to minimum requirements that ASR providers should have included available information for ASR offerings to the public. NexTalk is the next one that we currently see that is similar to previous applications. 

The Latest on TDI’s Programs

TDI 2021 Holiday Party!

You are invited to the TDI 2021 Holiday Party. We will celebrate the holidays with us and for a great year in partnerships and collaboration with consumer groups, industry, and government officials. TDI 2021 Holiday Party Thursday, December 16, 2021, 6-9 PM at the...

TDI Apple Product Giveaways!

Once you are done with both surveys, you are automatically eligible to participate in the drawing for Apple product giveaways! We will give away Apple products such as iPad Air, Apple air tags, Apple Watches, Apple gaming switch, and much more! Only a dozen winners...

Complete Two TDI 24th Biennial Conference Surveys

Complete Two TDI 24th Biennial Conference Surveys! We saw about 300 registrants at our TDI 24th Biennial Conference! We knew there were some technological hiccups here and there and we will work on them for our next conference. Still, we heard some good compliments...

The Conclusion of 2021 Biennial Conference

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2021 TDI Biennial Awards

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Introducing: The 2021 TDI Scholarship Winners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="4656" img_size="Medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Carrying over the scholarship announced in 2019, the scholarship program is designed to encourage deaf and hard of hearing...

TDI Board

Call for Nominations: 2021 TDI Board of Directors

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]TDI is seeking nominees for its board of directors to serve a four-year term (2021 - 2025) from the following regions: Central - a representation from the following states: Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New...

TDI Board Fills Three At-Large Seats

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The TDI Board has appointed three individuals to fill the vacant At-Large seats. These three individuals are: Dr. Mei Kennedy of Austin Texas, Dr. Tina Childress of Champaign, IL, and Dr. Opeoluwa Sotonwa of Jefferson City, MO. All...

News From Our Affiliated Partners

Charter Supporting Students, Schools & its Communities

Charter Supporting Students, Schools & its Communities

As we continue to feel the impact of COVID-19, Americans are relying on high speed broadband more than ever before. Charter wants to do what it can to help ease the strain during this challenging time, particularly for students who are relying on distance learning....

Job Opportunity: Virginia Relay Manager

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is looking to fill a lead position for direct oversight of the federally mandated Telecommunications Relay Service (Virginia Relay).  The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to...

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers of DHHCAN

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers of DHHCAN

TDI shares its congratulatory remarks to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN) for its recent elected on new term officers for their executive board. Chairperson Zainab Alkebsi of NAD, Vice President Eric Kaika of TDI, Secretary Marcia Zisman...

FCC-related news

Industry-Related News

Comcast Offers ASL Customer Service

Comcast Offers ASL Customer Service

Comcast and CSD partnered to launch customer service support in ASL for all Comcast products and services including Xfinity Internet, Internet Essentials, and billing related questions. This new service called "ASL Now" is made possible by Connect Direct, a subsidiary...

Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet

Comcast Expands Internet Essentials

Comcast announced that its Internet Essentials program – the largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program for low-income Americans – has been expanded to include all qualified low-income households in its service...

Conclusion of the 2019 TDI Biennial Conference

Conclusion of the 2019 TDI Biennial Conference

TDI hosted its 23rd Biennial Conference at Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel on Gallaudet University. It was a record-setting event with over 300 people registered for the three-day event. The Biennial Conference hosted speakers representing various parts of the...

Comcast Launches Eye-Control For The Television

Comcast announced new X1 Eye Control feature, which empowers customers with physical disabilities to navigate their television using just their eyes. Using a web-based remote control paired with an X1 set-top box, customers who use eye gaze or other...

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