TDI-ALDA Joint Conference 2013 – New Mexico


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


Come Early – Stay Late!

The special conference room rate of $100 per night at the Hotel Albuquerque is available to conference attendees for up to four nights prior to the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference and up to four nights after the Joint Conference ends. This gives you an opportunity to come early and enjoy the fantastic International Hot Air Balloon Festival or stay late and enjoy one or more of the outstanding attractions in and around Albuquerque.

Call for Presentation Proposals

TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference
“Working Together For Access”

Call for Presentation Proposals

The first joint conference collaboration between two national organizations serving individuals who are deaf or have a hearing loss!


Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TDI) and the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) invite proposals for presentations, forums, workshops, and discussions at the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town on October 16-20, 2013. Be a part of history in the making. Submit a proposal to give a workshop at the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference! Although conference workshops will be presented in two tracks, it should be understood that all conference attendees are free to attend whatever workshops they desire.


Presentations in this track will emphasize the many challenges facing individuals who are deaf or have a hearing loss caused by their need for accessible telecommunications, media, and information technologies, as well as the issues involved with making such technologies accessible. Presentations in this track would be welcome concerning any of the following themes/topics:

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
* Using browsers on mobile phones
* Equipment availability and distribution for people who are deaf-blind
* The new FCC Accessibility Clearinghouse and its benefits
* Captioning TV programming for Internet viewing
* Standards for internet captioning

Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
* Issues concerning telecommunications relay services
* Hardware and software interoperability
* Minimum standards for video relay interpreters
* Relay services for people who are deaf-blind
* Functional equivalency

TV and Movie Captioning
* Current rules regarding TV and movie captioning
* The petition for universal television captioning submitted by consumer groups
* Eyeglasses vs CaptiView vs Rear Screen vs Open Captions
* Simplifying access to closed captioning functions of video devices
* Quality and dependability of TV captions

9-1-1 and Broadband Access
* Real-time text
* Preparing for an emergency/disaster
* Next Generation 9-1-1
* Ensuring multi-modal access to 9-1-1 (audio, video, text)
* Making broadband available, accessible, and affordable for people with hearing loss

Emerging Technologies
* Telecommunications
* CART, speech-to-text, or other voice recognition applications
* Cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants
* Hearing aids and assistive devices
* Talking gloves


Presentations in this track will concern the various issues faced by people with hearing loss, especially late-deafened adults, in their daily struggle to live a full and enriching life with their acquired disability. Presentations in this track would be welcome concerning any of the following themes/topics:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Other Policy Issues
* ADA 2010 Updates
* United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
* Needed legal/regulatory changes related to telecommunications, media, or information technology
* Needed legal/regulatory changes related to hearing aid compatibility
* Needed legal/regulatory changes related to Internet accessibility

Living with Deafness
* Family relationships, self-advocacy and self esteem
* Mental and physical health
* Communication strategies
* Diagnosis-specific challenges, i.e. Meniere’s, NF2
* Navigating the social scene or the workplace

Taking Care of Yourself (Self Development)
* Volunteerism and community involvement
* Activities (Yoga, dance, arts, etc.)
* Return to school
* Online activities and social networking
* Retirement planning and money-saving ideas for everyday living

* Self-advocacy (the “power of one”)
* Mentoring others
* Systems advocacy
* The legislative process
* Public relations basics for volunteer organizations

* Social Security
* Disability
* Veterans benefits
* Vocational rehabilitation
* Educational scholarship programs and tax credits


All of the above themes/topics are illustrative only. Everyone should feel free to propose any workshop that they feel would be appropriate for a TDI-ALDA Joint Conference. We welcome and encourage innovative and creative ideas of all kinds.


Business and industry representatives, government policy makers and regulatory staff, professionals who work with individuals with hearing loss, and consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, late- deafened or deaf-blind.


All proposals are due no later than Friday, May 17, 2013


Your proposal must include the following information:

* Name of lead presenter
* Corporate or organizational affiliation of lead presenter (if any)
* Name(s) of co-presenter(s) (if any)
* Contact information for lead presenter, including:

a. Email address
b. USPS mailing address
c. Phone number (and indication that it is voice, video, captioned, or TTY)
d. Fax number (if any)

5. Title of presentation
6. Track in which you think your presentation would best fit
7. A concise description (1000 words maximum) of your presentation that


a. A summary of the workshop content
b. WHAT learning objectives you want to accomplish? (What will your audience take away from your workshop?)
c. HOW you propose to present your material (lecture, workshop, panel, forum or demonstration)
d. WHO will be your target audience?
e. Why you feel that your presentation would be beneficial or important to people attending the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference

8. A maximum 500-word abstract of your presentation for the program book
9. A maximum 100-word biography of the lead presenter and any co-presenter(s) for the program book
10. Any special AV needs that you might have for your presentation

Note: If you are presenting using a PowerPoint, you will be expected to supply your own laptop computer. And, due to the high cost of various communications equipment and services, such as DVD players and Internet connectivity, every presenter will be responsible for paying for the cost of any equipment or services that their workshop requires beyond those specified below, which TDI-ALDA will provide for every workshop and plenary session:

* Interpreters
* CART writer
* Microphones
* Assistive listening system
* Video projector for CART display
* Video projector for PowerPoint display
* Two large screens (one for CART display and one for PowerPoint)

11. Any communication or ADA accommodations that you personally need to facilitate your presentation
12. A statement that you give permission for an edited transcript of your presentation, if accepted, to possibly be posted (published) on either the TDI and/or ALDA websites, and for photographs to be taken and/or video to be recorded during your workshop for possible future use by TDI and/or ALDA.

All of the above should be submitted via e-mail to Claude Stout, the chair of the Joint Planning Committee, at “[email protected]” to be received no later than May 17, 2013. If you do not have e-mail access, you can mail your proposal to TDI-ALDA Joint Conference Proposal, 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 121, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803. But, it must be received by May 17, 2013. Feel free to contact Claude Stout with any questions regarding this Call for Presentation Proposals.


Please review the instructions and requirements before submitting your proposal(s). Be sure all components of the proposal are included. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. If your proposal is accepted, TDI/ALDA will make every effort to follow the format you’ve requested. However, we do reserve the right to request alterations in order to make the program cohesive.

Proposals that are selected will require the following additional submissions:

By July 1, 2013: Photo(s) – head and shoulder picture(s) of presenter(s) and any company logo(s) for Conference Program Book.

By September 1, 2013: Presentation Materials – such as the presentation PowerPoint, script, or applicable visual aids.


Regretfully, neither TDI nor ALDA is able to offer honorariums and/or reimbursement for travel expenses for presenters at this conference. All presenters are responsible for all of their expenses including the required conference registration fee and the cost of any special events during the conference.

Who Are We?

TDI (formally known as Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.) was established in 1968 to facilitate access to the telephone network for deaf people. Since then its mission has greatly expanded, and it now provides leadership in achieving equal access to all forms of telecommunications, media, and information technologies for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind. To learn more about TDI, go to

ALDA (the Association of Late-Deafened Adults) was established in 1989 to support the empowerment of late-deafened people. ALDA provides a support network to late-deafened individuals, enabling them to share their unique experiences, challenges, and coping strategies, and to help one another find practical solutions for their problems and relieve the psychological stresses resulting from their acquired hearing loss. To learn more about ALDA, go to

The Joint Planning Committee for the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference consists of the following people:

Claude Stout, Chair ([email protected])
Cheryl Heppner ([email protected])
Brenda Estes ([email protected])
Carol Sliney ([email protected])
Kathy Evans ([email protected])
Roy Miller ([email protected])
Kathy Schlueter ([email protected])

Feel free to contact any of the members of the Joint Planning Committee if you have any questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions regarding the TDI-ALDA 2013 Joint Conference.


Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 16-20, 2013

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