UPDATED: TDI Conference 2011 – Austin

TDI 19th Biennial International Conference  **UPDATED**

Join us in Austin June 2-4, 2011
at the Hyatt Regency Austin

FREE KEYNOTE SPEECHES OPEN TO PUBLIC

NEW TDI CONFERENCE VLOGS
IN ASL WITH VOICE-OVER AND CAPTIONS

FREE KEYNOTE SPEECHES OPEN TO PUBLIC

TDI is pleased to announce that all keynote sessions and town hall meetings
during the conference are free and open to the public. The keynote speeches
are:

CVAA – Title I – Communications Access Day

Thursday June 2 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Keynote Session:
Mr. Michael Copps, Commissioner
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Followed by a presentation of the TDI Karen Peltz Strauss Public Policy
Award and FCC Town Hall Meeting:

CVAA – Title I – Communications Access Day

Thursday June 2 at 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)
Town Hall meeting moderated by Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief,
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

CVAA – Title I – Communications Access Day

Thursday June 2 at 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Keynote Session:
Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Its Commitment to Disability Access
W. Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator (via video)
Marcie Roth, Director,
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, FEMA

CVAA – Title II – Video Programming Day

Friday June 3 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Session:
The Federal’s Role for Your Travel/Commute/Work
Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor, Disability Access
U.S. Department of Transportation

CONSUMERS DAY
FREE WORKSHOPS FOR CONSUMERS

Saturday June 4 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Session:
Consumers: The Driving Force Behind Advancements in Accessible Communication
Technology
Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer & Governmental
Affairs Bureau, FCC

Followed by a new breakout workshop on Accessibility in Video Games by Bill
Van Buren from Valve Software. Other workshops during the day will cover:

Hearing Aid Compatible Phones in the Market
Development of Auto-Captioning Tool for YouTube Videos
Consumer Groups’ TRS Policy Statement
Smart Phones in the Market
How to Tell a Tweet from a Yahoo
Blackberry and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
Advocacy for Movie Captioning: An Update and Current Issues with ADA
Video Relay Services: Lone Star State’s Retrospect and Vision
Current & New Offerings in Captioned Telephone Relay Services
Internet-based VRS & Mobile P2P Offerings in Market

See this vlog list and the updated conference schedule below for more
details.

NEW TDI CONFERENCE VLOGS
IN ASL WITH VOICE-OVER AND CAPTIONS

http://www.youtube.com/user/TDIAccess

Register for the Conference or

Buy Tickets to Special Events online at
http://registration.TDIforAccess.org

CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

The 21st Century Communications and
Video Accessibility Act:
Challenges and Opportunities

UPDATED TDI CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE
Details subject to change without notice

TDI Conference online registration available for:
Three-day Combo Tickets
Single-Day Registration for June 2
Single-Day Registration for June 3
Special Events
FREE Consumer Workshops on June 4

Register for the Conference or
Buy Tickets to Special Events online at
http://registration.TDIforAccess.org

TUESDAY MAY 31

12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Golf Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 31
for Friends and Partners of TDI

Let’s Take A Good Break with a Round of 18 Holes at Grey Rock Golf Club

There will be a fundraising golf outing on Tuesday May 31, at the Grey Rock
Golf Club in southwest Austin, just 15 minutes from downtown.

Tee times have been reserved for four foursomes (16 golfers) on May 31. The
first tee-off is at 2:00 p.m. and the last one at 2:40 p.m.

Golfers must meet outside in front of the hotel by 12:30 p.m. for the
shuttle bus ride to the Grey Rock Golf Club.

For more information about the Grey Rock Club, please go to
www.thegolfclubatcirclec.com

Come and join us in this TDI fundraiser at the Grey Rock Golf Club! The
admission fee to play and ride at the Club, and then have dinner afterwards
costs $125.00 per golfer, including up to two complimentary drinks. This
golf outing and dinner is NOT included in the combo ticket for the
conference. Registration for the TDI conference is not required to attend
the this event or to view the exhibits.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 1
All events open to the public
TDI Conference Registration – 12 noon to 5 p.m.
TDI Board Meeting 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS LISTED
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
DAY 1 – THURSDAY JUNE 2
CVAA – Title I – Communications Access Day

All of today’s keynote sessions and the town hall meeting are free and open
to the public – no registration required.
All plenary sessions and breakout workshops require registration
Registration open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Exhibits open to public, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
President’s Reception – admission fee – no registration required.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

Emcee: Fred Weiner
TDI Board Vice President

Keynote: Free and Open to Public (No registration required.)
Mr. Michael Copps, Commissioner
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Followed by a presentation of the TDI Karen Peltz Strauss Public Policy
Award

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – FCC Town Hall Open to Public
The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)
Town Hall meeting moderated by Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief,
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (on your own)
Visit the exhibits during your free time!

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Breakout Workshops: (Registration Required)
Forum with the Co-Chair, FCC’s Emergency Access Advisory Committee, David
Dzumba
“Building the Future with Accessible Products and Services” panel discussion
moderated by Cheryl Heppner – NVRC, with Toni Acton – AT&T, Mike Ellis –
Sprint, and David Coco.
Accessibility in Action – Real Solutions for You! – Jeffrey Dallos, Team
Leader, U.S. Department of Defense’s Computer/Electronics Accommodations
Program

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Plenary Session: (Registration Required)
Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure
Dr. Jim Tobias, Inclusive Technologies

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops: (Registration Required)
“Apps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” panel discussion moderated by Neil
McDevitt – CEPIN/TDI, with Daniel Fok – RIM, Mike Ellis – Sprint, Matt
Gerst – CTIA, Tamara Suiter-Ocuto and Karl Ewan.
Interoperable Communications for Everyday and Emergencies – Lisa Astrom,
Omnitor, Stockholm, Sweden
NG9-1-1 and the ADA – Toni Dunne, Public Safety Marketing Analyst, Intrado

5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Keynote: Free and Open to Public
Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Its Commitment to Disability Access
W. Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator (via video)
Marcie Roth, Director,
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, FEMA

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

President’s Reception
Admission: $60.00 or Combo Ticket

Meet Dr. Roy Miller along with the TDI Board
and staff at the President’s Reception

Dr. Roy Miller invites you to the President’s Reception on Thursday, June 2
at 6:30 pm. Come and mingle with the TDI Board and staff, and network with
other consumer advocates, industry professionals and government officials.

A brief special recognition program for the four-member Coalition of
Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) Executive Committee, as well
as a number of key industry and government players who contributed to the
success of the passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video
Accessibility Act of 2010.

This event costs $60.00 per person unless you have a combo ticket for the
conference. Registration for the TDI conference is not required to attend
the this event or to view the exhibits.

DAY 2 – FRIDAY JUNE 3
CVAA – Title II – Video Programming Day

Today’s keynote session is free and open to the public – no registration
required.
All plenary sessions and breakout workshops require registration
Registration open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Exhibits open to public, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Professional/Motivational Luncheon & Lone Star Riverboat Dinner Cruise –
admission fee – no registration required.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Keynote: Free and Open to Public
The Federal Government’s Role for Your Travel/Commute/Work
Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation,
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Breakout Workshops: (Registration Required)
Accomplishments and Challenges with Titles II and III of the Americans with
Disabilities Act with Brian Determan, Deafness Resource Specialist – Region
7, Communication Axess Ability Group – Austin, Texas
Video Conferencing in the 21st Century with Jeff Rosen – ZVRS

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Professional Motivational Luncheon
Admission: $50.00 or Combo Ticket

Sherri Collins, M.Ed.
Executive Director
Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

One Woman’s Opinion:
Motivation to Advocate
– Making Your Voice Heard –

TDI invites you to attend the Professional Motivational Luncheon and listen
to an inspiring presentation by Sherri Collins, Executive Director of the
Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. This luncheon
costs $50.00 per person unless you have a combo ticket for the conference.
Registration for the TDI conference is not required to attend the this event
or to view the exhibits.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Breakout Workshops: (Registration Required)
Project Endeavor – Providing Services for Broadband Access, Nikki Darland,
Holly Elkins, and Kim Barron, CSD
Accessible Telecollaboration and Web Conferencing in the Workplace – Dr.
Christian Vogler, Dr. Judy Harkins, Paula Tucker, and Norman Williams,
Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Networking Hour in the Exhibit Hall!

4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Breakout Workshops: (Registration Required)
Interoperability Across Videophones, VRS, and Off-the-Shelf Equipment – Dr.
Christian Vogler and Norman Williams, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet
University
Are We There Yet? The Journey to Full & Equal Technological Access – Howard
Rosenblum and Shane Feldman, NAD
Supporting the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act with
Captioning for Video and Live Meetings – Andrew Kirkpatrick, Adobe Systems

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

All Aboard the Lone Star Riverboat Cruise on Lady Bird Lake

Lone Star Riverboat Dinner Cruise
Admission: $50.00 or Combo Ticket

TDI invites you to join us for a dinner cruise that will offer delicious
food, drinks, lakeside views and bats! Yes, we will watch North America’s
largest bat colony come alive when a million bats emerge from under the
Congress Avenue Bridge near Texas School for the Deaf as the sun goes down.

For more information about Austin, Texas’ Lone Star River Boat Cruises,
please go to www.lonestarriverboat.com

Join us for a ride that will be remembered for a long time. This dinner
cruise costs $50.00 per person unless you have a combo ticket for the
conference. Registration for the TDI conference is not required to attend
the this event or to view the exhibits.

DAY 3 – SATURDAY JUNE 4
CONSUMERS DAY
FREE WORKSHOPS FOR CONSUMERS

All keynotes, plenary sessions, breakout workshops and exhibits open to
consumers – no registration required
Exhibits open to public, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Awards Luncheon and Entertainment Finale – admission fee – no registration
required

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am. Keynote Session:
Consumers: The Driving Force Behind Advancements in Accessible Communication
Technology
Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer & Governmental
Affairs Bureau, FCC

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Breakout Workshops:
Accessibility in Video Games – Bill Van Buren, Producer and Designer at
Valve Software, makers of the popular Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead,
Counter-Strike, and Team Fortress 2 games, will talk about how Valve is
committed to producing accessible video games. Bill will also talk about
how accessibility is created and will ask participants for ideas on how to
improve accessibility in future games.”
“Hearing Aid Compatible Phones in the Market” panel discussion moderated by
Lise Hamlin – HLAA with: Toni Acton – AT&T, Mike Ellis – Sprint, and Rose
Minette – DARS Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Development of Auto-Captioning Tool for YouTube Videos – Ken Harrenstein,
Google

TDI Award Namesakes:
Upper L-R: H. Latham Breunig, Karen Peltz Strauss, and Robert H. Weitbrecht
Lower L-R: Andrew Saks, James C. Marsters, and I. Lee Brody

TDI Awards Luncheon
Admission: $50 or Combo Ticket

Emcee: Phil Jacob
Chair of TDI Awards Committee

TDI invites you to join in as we honor a select few who shape an accessible
world as they receive recognition at the Biennial Awards Luncheon on
Saturday, June 4 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. While no conference
registration is required for the workshops, tickets for the Awards Luncheon
is $50 per person.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakout Workshops:
“Consumer Groups’ TRS Policy Statement” panel discussion moderated by Claude
Stout – TDI, with Cheryl Heppner – NVRC, Lise Hamlin – HLAA, Shane Feldman –
NAD, David Myers – Texas DARS Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services,
and Eileen Alter, Relay Texas, Texas Public Utilities Commission
“Smart Phones in the Market” panel discussion moderated by Jim House – TDI
with Jeff Kramer – Verizon, Daniel Fok – Research in Motion and Maggie
Schoolar – Sprint
How to Tell a Tweet from a Yahoo – Sheila Conlon Mentkowski & Alex
Mentkowski

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Plenary Session:
TDI Association Business Meeting
Presided by Dr. Roy Miller, TDI Board President

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops:
Blackberry and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act:
Emerging Solutions for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Individuals, Daniel Fok,
Research In Motion
Advocacy for Movie Captioning: An Update and Current Issues with ADA, John
Waldo, Advocacy Director and Counsel, Washington State Communication Access
Project
“Video Relay Services: Lone Star State’s Retrospect and Vision” panel
discussion moderated by Becky Rosenthal – TDI with Paul Rutowski, Larry
Evans and Betty Bounds.

5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Breakout Workshops:
“Current & New Offerings in Captioned Telephone Relay Services” panel
discussion moderated by Lise Hamlin – HLAA with Frank Endres – Purple,
Mitchell Levy – Hamilton, Damara Paris – Sprint, Cheryl Heppner – NVRC, and
Carol Sliney – TDI.
Internet-based VRS & Mobile P2P Offerings in the Market” panel discussion
moderated by Phil Jacob – TDI with Ed Bosson – Convo Relay, Kelby Brick –
Purple Communications and Tim Rarus – ZVRS

7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Entertainment Dinner Finale
Admission: $50.00 or Combo Ticket

Renowned entertainer CJ Jones

CJ Jones LIVE!

TDI invites you to celebrate the end of the conference by joining us for a
dinner and an evening of laughs with CJ Jones, an internationally known deaf
entertainer who has been delighting audiences young and old with his unique
style of visual imagery and storytelling for over 25 years.

This dinner and entertainment night costs $50.00 per person unless you have
a combo ticket for the conference. Registration for the TDI conference is
not required to attend the this event.

Come and join us! More details will be announced in the coming weeks as
soon as they are finalized.

See you there!

ONLINE RESERVATION AND ORDER FORM:
If you do not have a Google or Gmail.com account, you will be able to create
a free account when you check out. Your regular email will not be affected.
http://registration.TDIforAccess.org

DOWNLOAD PDF FORM FOR SNAIL MAIL OR FAX ORDERS

https://www.tdiforaccess.org/confregistrationform.pdf

If you have any questions, contact TDI.

Snail Mail:
8630 Fenton Street – Suite 604
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3822

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 301/589-3786
Video: 301/563-9112
FAX: 301/589-3797
TTY: 301/589-3006

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR ALL EVENTS: MAY 27, 2011

HOTEL INFORMATION:

To reserve your hotel room during the TDI Conference, go to
https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=2753864

For more information about Hyatt Regency Austin, go to
http://austin.hyatt.com/ The direct phone number for the hotel is
512-477-1234 and their fax number is 512-480-2069.

1 comment for “UPDATED: TDI Conference 2011 – Austin

  1. July 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Hi Claude

    What is status of FCC & TRS Funds Issue?

    I was told that it was hot topic across the country. I got a message from Virginia Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Technology & Relay Manager, Clayton Bowen, through his affiliation with NASRA, informed us last June that Margaret McCarthy and Commissioner Copps, of the FCC, had recently attended the TDI conference in TX, and had apparently heard from many in the Deaf community about state TRS funds being raided by the state legislature. Commissioner Copps is concerned about this diversion of funds and would like to know of articles and any incidences of this occurring. Please feel free to contact Margaret McCarthy at: [email protected] with any information. You are urged to follow up on this as it is believed that I can see that we will see more of this type of raiding in the future. It happened in New Hampshire. Also, I am not sure if I am right that Alabama did take $30 million from TRS funds.

    Thank you….

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