TDI: Advocating for Access

by Alice Hagemeyer of Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action.  Reposted with permission.

tty2014 is the 50th anniversary of the acoustic coupler or modem, which patent James H. Weitbrecht received in 1964, the same year he, Dr. James Marsters, and Andrew Saks founded Applied Communications Corp. Four years later in 1968, H. Latham and Nancy Breunig representing the Oral Deaf Section of the Alexander Graham Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) and Jesse M. Smith of National Association of the Deaf (NAD) formed what is now known as TDI. Breunig was selected the first TDI president.   Six years later on June 13-15, 1974, TDI had its first international conference, held in Chicago.  Find out more about TDI’s work for access at

TDI eNotes is the electronic newsletter of TDI.  It is distributed to subscribers and contains announcements concerning TDI events such as conferences, as well as news items pertaining to telecommunications, media, and information technology access for deaf and hard of hearing people.  You may freely copy and distribute any or all portions of TDI eNotes with credit given to TDI.  Anyone can subscribe to  TDI eNotes, which is ABSOLUTELY FREE. You don’t have to be a member of TDI in order to receive the electronic newsletter.  You can subscribe to TDI eNotes here:

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