Islay is the name of a 1986 novel by Douglas Bullard, who envisioned a place where the deaf community could call our own. We picked the name because TED requires us to name our event after a place, and if there’s a place for the deaf community, it’s Islay. On 05.15.10 in Austin, we debuted with an inaugural event that united 100 progressive, positive, and passionate thinkers and doers for a day that inspired and enthralled.
2100 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX, 78712-1047
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Wayne Betts, Jr.A filmmaker and the VP, Creative Marketing at Convo Relay.
Linda BoveA regular on "Sesame Street" for over 30 years, she continues to be an actress, an author, an ASL Master, and a ASL/ Deaf Culture consultant for various television and film productions.
Linsay Darnall, Jr.The owner of Darnall Consulting, LLC, he is a proud resident of Omaha, Nebraska.
Michael ChorostA freelance science writer and the author of a memoir of getting a cochlear implant, "Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human".
Mei KennedyDr. Kennedy holds a doctorate in Instructional Design for Online Learning and her interests are in design and development of electronic media and online learning.
Danny LaceyA financial consultant with Kramer Financial in Austin, Texas, he is passionate about building bridges between the deaf community and the financial community.
Alim ChandaniThe founder of Global Reach Out, he constantly looks for ways to create and enrich global networks between deaf communities and seeks the long-term success of these connections.
Josh SwillerHis book "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" was a New York Times Bestseller. Currently he teaches at Gallaudet University.
Michelle McAuliffeAn Assistant Professor of Art and Media Technology in the Art Department at Gallaudet University, in Washington, DC, her area of focus as an artist includes photography, film, and the use of collage and found objects.
Robert SirvageCurrently at the Office of Campus Design & Planning at Gallaudet University as a researcher/designer, he aims to spread the concept of DeafSpace, which aims to change the ways in which people think about design and space planning.
Marvin MillerA veteran editor of several publications, he is currently working on a new ASL town project with a Deaf organization in Indiana.
Wayne BettsProjection and Camera Producer
Carrie Lou GarberoglioAustin Coordinator
Michael WynneTech Coordinator
Kent KennedyCommittee Member
Ann HornCommittee Member
Ann MeredithCommittee Member
Erin MoranCommittee Member
Oscar OcutoCommittee Member