A WONDERFUL TDI HOLIDAY PARTY 2014 TDI hosted TDI’s annual TDI Holiday Party in where key consumers and advocates, representatives from several industries, and agents of the government attended to celebrate the holidays.   Federal Communication Commission staffers such as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, FCC Commissioner Karen Peltz Strauss, and FCC Disability Rights Office Chief Gregory Hlibok attended the event.  

Photo Credit: Stephen A. Brenner Among the industry representatives, such as Convo Relay Vice President of Technology Joshua Shaffner, Sprint Relay National Director Michael Ellis, Sorenson Communications Chief Marketing Officer Paul Kershisnik, TCS Associates Vice President of Business Operations Jessica Aiello Moseley, CTIA Director of State Regulatory & External Affairs Matt Gerst, CBS Vice President of Captioning and Video Description Mark Turits, also showed up to the event and enjoyed their time there.   Representatives from advocacy organizations also attended.  Among those were Art Roehrig representing American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB), National Association of the Deaf  (NAD) President Howard Rosenblum, Michele Mulligan representing Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO), Gallaudet University President Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, and Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Director of Public Policy and State Development Lise Hamlin.

Photo Credit: TCS Associates Claude Stout, Executive Director, TDI said, “We had a wonderful holiday party last Thursday night in downtown Washington, D.C.  We had over 130 people at the party, and we were deeply honored to have the presence of the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Tom Wheeler.  Wheeler stayed on with us for about a good forty five minutes, and he had a great time meeting some key leaders and advocates from the deaf and hard of hearing community.  Last, but not least, we extend our deepest thanks to over thirty companies and non-profit groups for their sponsorships for the Holiday Party.  It was a great celebration for year 2014 in which we experienced constructive and meaningful collaboration and partnership between national consumer groups, government, and industry.  The kind of access we enjoy today would not be possible without the synergy brought forth from the total team effort by these three crucial stakeholder entities.  TDI says again to all, much thanks!”  

  It was clear from the event that people were indeed very much in festive spirits!   Thank you for helping us shape an accessible world together!