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TDI is proud to announce the upcoming 22nd Biennial TDI Conference to take place in Bethesda, Maryland on July 27-29, tdi_square2017.

Save the date and start making plans!  All of us at TDI hope to see you there for this occasion.

The conference will take place on July 27-29, 2017, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel.

More information on TDI website



TDI is seeking a talented and versatile Product Manager to lead the development of a Speech-to-Text Captioning/Caption Correction product.  The ideal candidate will have a strong, clear commitment to meeting the purpose, goals, and timelines.  The product seeks to create scalable access to low-cost, accurate captions for live events by combining speech-to-text technology with real-time caption corrections made by designated peers.  These services will allow event participants (who have permission), to make corrections to captions in real-time during events.  Everyone viewing the captions, will see the corrected captions instantly.  This technology enables the provision of highly accurate, low-cost, captioning services wherever the use of professional captioning services are not logistically, technically, or financially feasible.  TDI has a subcontract with IDEAL Group, Inc. to develop, implement, and maintain the captioning service.  The web-based service will be accessible using Internet-connected devices running a variety of operating systems.

Announcement on TDI website:

DOWNLOAD - TDI position announcement, Product Manager, TDI's Speech-to-Text Captioning Project, May 1, 2016


TDI Website
Apr 12, 2016

Millions of Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Stand to Benefit from Highly-Accurate, Low-Cost, Captioning Services

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), is pleased to announce its receipt of Google’s $500,000 Impact Challenge/Disabilities two-year grant for a project to create scalable access to affordable, accessible, and accurate captions for any live event by combining available speech-to-text technology with real-time caption corrections made by event-designated peers in addition to caption streaming via the internet.

Read more . . . 


Mar 19, 2016

Gallaudet University Technology Access Program, National Association of the Deaf, and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. are conducting a survey to learn about the experiences of people who are deaf and hard of hearing in their use of Video Relay Service (VRS). Our goal is to use the responses you provide to this survey to help inform the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the use of VRS among people who are deaf and hard of hearing.





TDI website
Dec 07, 2015

From the time Robert H. Weitbrecht made text-telephonys (TTY) possible up to the present, there has always been challenges to making our world all the more accessible. AT&T, one of the most ardent supporters for accessibility, has run into one of those such challenges.

When you call 911 through a regular telephone land line, using a telephone or TTY, your call is automatically connected to your 9-1-1 emergency services center – the 9-1-1 center that serves your location. Your address and phone number are automatically displayed on the computer screen of the 9-1-1 operator, even if you don’t type or say anything. The 9-1-1 operator can send emergency services to your location immediately, and call you back if your call is disconnected.

Learn more  ...  TTY Emergency Calls



Nov 4, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that Americans with hearing loss are able to access wireline and wireless communications services through a wide array of phones, including voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) telephones and wireless handsets that use advanced mobile technologies. The Commission’s actions in this area have helped enable the millions of Americans with hearing loss to have greater access to and more fully benefit from wireline and wireless communications services and emerging technologies.

In FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), they propose to amend the Commission’s hearing aid compatibility (HAC) rules for wireline handsets. Specifically, they propose to take the following actions:

(1) incorporate into the rules a revised industry standard developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) – ANSI/TIA-4965-2012 (2012 ANSI Wireline Volume Control Standard) – that appears likely to improve the ability of people with hearing loss to select wireline telephones with sufficient volume control to meet their communication needs and provide greater regulatory certainty for the industry; and


July 20, 2015

Shaping An Accessible World

Come Join Us the 2015 TDI Biennial Conference at Baltimore!


Greetings from TDI to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Americans in DC, MD, & VA!
This opportunity is extended also to those living in adjoining areas like PA, NJ, and NY.
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) has some good news to share with you.  TDI will be having our 21st Biennial Conference on August 19-22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. 

This Conference is offering you a wonderful three-day’s experience and opportunities for personal/professional development as well as some time for fun with friends and family.  You get to 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 on 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. 

You get to see others speak about the research and other studies that have been conducted for accessibility in information, communication, hearing enhancement, and employment.  There will be updates given on federal government initiatives for employment and civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.  For some of you still working every day, you benefit from getting pointers from a panel of well-known deaf and hard of hearing leaders on their experience interacting with their fellow hearing colleagues in the workplace.  Some key Federal Communications Commission officials speak about recent initiatives from the Commission for relay services, captioning of video programming (TV and Internet), emergency communications, and advanced communication services, etc. 

For the first time ever, there will be the new Technology and Youth Forum which give spotlight on the latest in innovation and accessibility from today’s generation of young Americans that are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing (aged less than 35).  We will recognize a number of individuals and companies in an Awards Luncheon for their contributions in the community, engineering, telecommunication access, marketing and public relations, and public policy.  Last but not least, you celebrate with us on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Would you like to attend the ball game?  We are pleased that there will be a TDI section in Camden Yards on Wednesday evening, August 19 for the major league baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Mets.  Camden Yards is just a few blocks from our host hotel.  Instead of taking risky deep-sea diving out in the oceans, would you want the pleasure of seeing some unbelievable creatures within the tanks of the Aquarium on Friday night, August 21?  The Aquarium is on Inner Harbor, just a short walk from the hotel. 

Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gives the keynote address in the early morning of Thursday, August 20.  Angela Officer, who is Senior Program Manager with Sprint Relay, gives inspiring remarks for the Professional and Motivational Luncheon at noon on Friday, August 21.  And we see Jarrod Musano, Chief Executive Officer with Convo Relay give his thoughts on what it is like to run a business under a challenging regulatory climate in relay services.  At the conclusion of the Conference on Saturday evening, August 22, we enjoy a good dinner at the hotel, and then watch a great entertainment show featuring Jennifer Ann Cook and CJ Jones, both from the state of California.

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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 Hyatt Regency Baltimore, and to buy tickets for either the baseball game or the tour of the National Aquarium.  You can register for full combo tickets, or single events like the President’s Reception, the two Luncheons, and the Dinner/Entertainment Finale.  You need not be registered in order to attend any one of the aforementioned four food functions.

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Hotel Registration: 

Orioles-Mets Baseball Game, Wednesday, August 19:

If you still need information or support to make Conference plans, feel free to contact me anytime at  We hope you can join us at the Conference.  We will be happy to assist you until you are completely satisfied.  We thank you very much for considering our invitation to participate in the Conference.  

Come join us at the TDI Conference in Baltimore! 


Claude L. Stout
Executive Director
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)





Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, August 19-22, 2015

Remember to mark your calendars for the 21th TDI Biennial Conference, in Baltimore, Maryland August 19-22, 2015. Hope to see you there!
About Telecommunications for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (TDI):
TDI is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 48 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes the TDI World quarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book. In odd numbered years, TDI hosts a biennial conference where consumers, industry leaders and government officials gather to discuss accessibility trends in technology. For more information about TDI and to support its work, visit TDI's website at


Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) | 8630 Fenton Street | Suite #121 | Silver Spring | MD | 20910-3822

Now is your opportunity to shape the future of TDI! 

The TDI Board of Directors is composed of five (5) Regional Representatives and three (3) At-Large members.  Board members serve four-year (4-year) terms, with staggered elections for the Regional Representatives being held every two years.  

The Midwest and Central Regional Representatives were elected in 2013 to serve until 2017.  The Northeast, Southeast and West Regional Representatives are up for re-election this year to serve until 2019.

The Board meets two (2) times in even-numbered years and three (3) times in odd-numbered years.  Board meetings are held in various cities around the country and are always open to the public.

The TDI Elections Committee is soliciting nominations for the three TDI Board seats that are up for election in 2015. The three open Board seats are one each for the Northeast, Southeast and West Regions.

  • The Northeast Region consists of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • The Southeast Region consists of Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • The West Region consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Regional Board Representatives are elected by TDI members in their region only and serve for approximately a four-year term (exact term length may vary a month or so depending on when TDI conferences are held), this year the new Board members serve their term immediately when this year's TDI Conference ends on August 22, 2015.

A Board member's responsibilities include:

  1. Overseeing TDI's operations to assure programs are run efficiently and effectively,
  2. Identifying telecommunications and media access needs of persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind,
  3. Developing organizational policies and procedures,
  4. Evaluating the performance of the TDI Executive Director,
  5. Promoting TDI programs and services, and
  6. Communicating TDI's mission, goals, and interests to its members, other deafness related organizations, governmental agencies, and persons in the general public.

All nominees for Regional Representatives must be current TDI members and must live in the region that they would represent.  Individuals may nominate themselves or may nominate others. Nomination forms can be found on the TDI website at:

If you prefer to fill out the printed form and send it in to us via US Postal mail, you can find and print the form here:

Completed nomination forms may be:

  • Printed and mailed to TDI, 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 121, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Printed, scanned and sent via email to, or
  • Submitted using the online form on the TDI website.

All nominations must be postmarked, e-mailed, or submitted online no later than May 15, 2015.    

The TDI Elections Committee will contact nominees, verify their willingness to serve, and obtain a brief statement of experience and goals. The TDI Elections Committee will then select one or more final candidates from the nominees in each TDI electoral region whose Regional Representative's term on the Board is ending. The ballots will be mailed out on or before June 18, 2015, and election results will be announced to the TDI membership at the business meeting during the TDI Biennial Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in August 22, 2015.

Please send your nominations to TDI real soon!

Thank you!

February 28, 2014Hello!The deadline for filling the Director of Public Relations position vacancy at TDI has been extended once again to Monday, March 31, 2014."TDI welcomes applications for the position of Director of Public Relations," said Claude Stout, Executive Director.  Stout adds, "This can be your opportunity to help shape an accessible world by influencing public policy development that affect how deaf and hard of hearing people use technology."Read the following announcement and feel free to forward this to your friends and anyone else you feel may qualify for this position.

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Director of Public Relations

THE ORGANIZATION: Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 48 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes theTDI World quarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book.  In odd numbered years, TDI hosts a biennial conference where consumers, industry leaders and government officials gather to discuss accessibility trends in technology.   For more information about TDI, its website address

  1. communications with TDI's members, corporate sponsors and others in industry and business, the media community, and government, and
  2. operations management and production of the annual resource guide and directory, commonly referred to as the Blue Book, the quarterly TDI World magazine, the TDI website,, and the eNotes.   As special circumstances warrant, the position will assist in public policy filings, grant writing and fundraising.




The Director of Public Relations manages all related public relations work for the Association. The following responsibilities of the position are as follows:

  • Serves as the Managing Editor of two publications, the Blue Book, and the TDI World Magazine.
  • Sends out eNotes periodically to TDI members and others in the general public.
  • Maintains the TDI website,, and the membership database.
  • Coordinates efforts in creating an overall favorable image of TDI, its services and its role as a change agent at the national level to advance and protect the rights and privileges of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in America.
  • Promotes and maintains effective working relationships with key officials and representatives in media, government, industry, and other consumer groups, and others involved in direct or indirect services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director to develop an ongoing public information program through the media, newsletters, and other publications to apprise all interested parties of the services of TDI and the rights and privileges in telecommunications, media, and information services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.




  • A Masters' Degree of Arts/Science is preferred. However, the candidate must possess at least a Bachelors of Arts/Science Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, or other applicable field.
  • Basic knowledge of disability and/or civil rights law and history, especially in areas related to TDI's mission
  • Proven successful experience in grant writing and project management
  • Proven network of contacts and relationships with the media community, and the deaf and hard of hearing population.
  • Minimum of three years of job related work experience with demonstrated competence in the following areas: working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, familiarity with the media community, program planning, and grant writing


Past work experience should include successful:

  • Advocacy skills at the individual and systemic levels; including state and federal issues.
  • Analysis of political landscapes and programmatic trends.
  • Interagency coordination/cooperation.
  • Quality relations with the media.


Demonstrated skills must include:

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication.
  • Building linkages to the legal, political, business, philanthropy, and disability communities.
  • Successful strategies in solving problems and bringing together divergent agendas.
  • Planning long-term goals and implementing strategies to accomplish said goals.


Knowledge of:

  • State, local and federal programs and services for people with disabilities and their families.
  • Current trends in the field of disabilities and human services.
  • Current trends in telecommunications and media with an eye to possible accessibility features or lack thereof.


Ability to:

  • Communicate fluently in American Sign Language is preferred, but the willingness to learn and use it well within two years is mandatory. Have some familiarity with other communication modes that are commonly used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
  • Serve as a team player for the staff and volunteers, as well as to be a mentor for them. Assists the Executive Director to provide work expectations for them.
  • Willingness to work irregular and extended schedules.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the United States.
  • Self-starter, with proven ability to manage schedule and establish priorities that respond to the mission and the goals of TDI.




TDI offers a competitive salary and customary benefits. The salary range for this position is $45,000-$60,000, depending on education and experience. TDI is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.





All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume electronically, which includes a list of at least three professional references and compensation requirements via email to TDI Executive Director Claude Stout  at  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF Monday, March 31, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

TDI selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. 

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Claude L. Stout,

Executive Director


Telecommunications for the

Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.

About Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.:
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 36 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes the TDI Worldquarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book. In odd numbered years, TDI hosts a biennial conference where consumers, industry leaders and government officials gather to discuss accessibility trends in technology.   For more information about TDI and to support its work, go to  
TDI: Shaping An Accessible World




May 18, 2013        Issue # 6
Occasional announcements of the Joint Planning Committee 
to keep you informed regarding preparations for the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference  
to be held at the Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 16-20, 2013 

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaches!


The deadline for paying "Early Bird" registration rates to attend the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference is ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY. Remember, the registration rates go up starting June 1, 2013.  So hurry, SAVE BIG BUCKS,and REGISTER ONLINE NOW by going to



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