x = independently organized TED event

This event occurred on
May 15, 2010
7:00am - 7:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Austin, TX
United States

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.

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

Organizing team


Studio City, CA, United States


Manchaca, TX, United States
  • 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
    Committee Member