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Austin, TX, United States
May 15th, 2010

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About this event

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.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Wayne Betts, Jr.
    A filmmaker and the VP, Creative Marketing at Convo Relay.
  • Linda Bove
    A 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 Chorost
    A freelance science writer and the author of a memoir of getting a cochlear implant, "Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human".
  • Mei Kennedy
    Dr. 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 Lacey
    A financial consultant with Kramer Financial in Austin, Texas, he is passionate about building bridges between the deaf community and the financial community.
  • Alim Chandani
    The 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 Swiller
    His book "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" was a New York Times Bestseller. Currently he teaches at Gallaudet University.
  • Michelle McAuliffe
    An 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 Sirvage
    Currently 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 Miller
    A veteran editor of several publications, he is currently working on a new ASL town project with a Deaf organization in Indiana.

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Venue and Details

University of Texas
2100 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX, 78712-1047
United States

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Mark Gobble
Wayne Betts
Projection and Camera Producer
Carrie Lou Garberoglio
Austin Coordinator
Michael Wynne
Tech Coordinator
Kamau Buchanan
Trevor Williams
Elizabeth Vita
Kent Kennedy
Committee Member
Ann Horn
Committee Member
Ann Meredith
Committee Member
Erin Moran
Committee Member
Oscar Ocuto
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