TDI 24th Biennial Conference Day 4 – Overview

24th Biennial Conference

The final day of the conference will be all community forums addressing major issues that we’ve identified as needing significant attention in today’s rapidly changing information and communication technological landscape.

We’ll start off with Gaming for Access with Brandon “Zero” Chan, co-founder of DeafGamersTV Wendy Dannels, the Director of the XR Accessibility Solutions Lab at RIT, Mari Kyle of Oculus VR, and Chris “Phoenix” Robinson, co-founder of DeafGamersTV. Moderator Mei Kennedy will be asking them a range of accessibility questions about advanced gaming communication technology.

Next we’ll have all eyes on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Technology forum. Helping us confront issues with the lack of diversity in ICT policy making are Johnny Reininger, Jr., advocate of Turtle Island Hand Talk, Rogelio Fernández Mota, founder of Manos Communications, and Isidore Niyongabo, President of National Black Deaf Advocates. 

The final forum of the day will be Connecting DHH Americans to Broadband. With us will be Zachary Bastain, Manager of Strategic Alliances at Verizon, Shellie Blakeney, Policy Counsel for Technology and Engineering at T-Mobile, Sarah Leggin, Director of Regulatory Affairs with CTIA, and Corian Zacher, Policy Counsel at Next Century Cities. They’ll be sharing what is being done to ensure everyone in America has access to the internet, and how we can get everyone connected.

Wrapping up the Conference, there will be entertainment provided by Ian Sanborn, Christine Sun Kim, and Mervin Primeaux-O’Bryant.

Ian Sanborn, the artist who wishes to bring the dawn and dusk to the sky inside your mind.is an eight-year veteran of the National Theatre of the Deaf. He’s a passionate Deaf storyteller, artist, poet and teacher

Christine Sun Kim will be re-airing her “Closer Captions” video, showing us what how captions can be far more encompassing than just lines of text. Check out her piece in The New York Times about performing at the Super Bowl.

Mervin Primeaux-O’Bryant obtained his degree in Dance Performance & Choreography from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is an actor, director, producer, choreographer, international performer, and advocate.