Team ACS Heads Out to TDI-ALDA in Albuquerque NM – “The Land of Enchantment”

Team ACS is “on the road again”.  We are headed out to Albuquerque NM today and tomorrow to begin the Telecommunications of the Deaf Inc.-Association of Late-Deafened Adults (TDI-ALDA) Joint Conference. The Conference officially opens Wednesday Oct. 16 and runs through Sunday October 20, 2013 at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


CART writer extraordinaire and co-owner Mike Cano was the first Team ACS member to arrive.  He is donating his services at the Conference.  He begins providing speech-to-text services for the ALDA Board of Directors Meeting bright and early tomorrow morning and will be kept busy during the entire conference.  Co-owner Phil Hyssong and Business Development Manager Valerie Stafford-Mallis will arrive Wednesday to provide information and educational materials to Conference Attendees at the ACS exhibit.

There is a great line-up of Speakers and Workshops.  Valerie will be presenting a session on Saturday on what persons who are deaf and hard of hearing need to know BEFORE they go to the hospital. To see more information on the Workshops and other conference activities, go to this link and scroll to the bottom.

The conference will have lots of opportunities for play as well as work.  There are several “field trips” planned “before, during and after” the conference.   Saturday brings a beautiful walk through Old Town Albuquerque. This is on Saturday afternoon, October 19th, after the workshops and before Karaoke. ALDA Karaoke is a world unto itself and is a highlight of the Conference every year. This year we will invite our friends at TDI to “sing along with ALDA”. Last, but not least, is a guided tour of the Pueblo of Acoma “Sky City” on Sunday afternoon (after the brunch), October 20th, about an hour from Albuquerque.


Here is “Born To Be Wild” Valerie channeling John Kay of Steppenwolf with a group of her buddies last year.

Phil, Mike, and Valerie are very much looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new friends.

Come join us in “The Land of Enchantment”!

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