For Immediate Release: 01/31/2020
General Inquiries: Claude Stout / c[email protected]

Silver Spring, Maryland., January 31, 2020 – Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) formally announces the inauguration of its new Training Institute.  The Institute will offer four educational/informative workshops for service professionals and consumer advocates on April 7, 2020 at Turf Valley Resort near Baltimore, Maryland.

The mission of the Institute is to prepare as many service professionals and consumer advocates across America to “put policy to work” in areas of TV captioning, 9-1-1 access, emergency notifications, and access to services with the business community and government.  In addition, the Institute will foster communication and partnerships from between TDI, government officials, industry players, service professionals, and consumer group advocates at local, state, and national levels.

TDI Board President Jan Withers announced, “TDI is pleased to make the Institute a new part of its program and service offerings for members, partners, and other stakeholders in the consumer service fields.  With this initiative, we have an opportunity to empower attendees to make full access and universal design happen everywhere.” 

Claude Stout, Executive Director, TDI added, “TDI believes consumer advocates from national, state, and local levels will achieve success in equal access and inclusion by actively and consistently collaborating with the business community and government officials.  By having this training program, TDI effectively addresses the accessibility needs and issues for the national deaf and hard of hearing community.” 

The Training Institute is open to everyone.  The Institute will kick-off with a reception on the evening of April 6, and then commence its all-day training on April 7.  

Early-bird registration is currently open and starts at $100, depending on TDI membership status and organizational affiliation. Registrants are encouraged to book their room at the Turf Valley Resort and take advantage of the discount, To learn more about the Training Institute, visit

For questions or more information about the Institute, contact Claude Stout at [email protected].