We are thrilled to have you be a part of the National Training Conference! Here are some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that may be helpful to you.
Q: Does the DIG NTC provide CEUs for interpreters?
A: Yes, participants will be able earn up to 1.55 CEUs with offerings in the General Studies (GS), Professional Studies (PS) and Power, Privilege and Oppression (PPO) categories. The Certificate Maintenance Program sponsor is the Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. More information – https://2023ntc.deafingov.org/ceu/
Q: What is the Deaf in Government (DIG) National Training Conference (NTC)?
A: DIG’s NTC has a reputation for providing the top speakers and trainers, approved by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and attended by hundreds of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing government employees from around the country and serving the American people from around the world at military bases and embassies. In 2021, due to the pandemic, DIG moved the NTC online for 3 days which was attended by thousands of attendees. In 2023, we are excited to bring the conference back live in person!
The theme “Advancement Through Accessibility” builds upon President Biden’s Executive Order 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce which lays out key steps that agencies can take to strengthen DEIA in their workforce policies, practices, and culture. The overarching goal is to build a bridge within the government using the “A” in DEIA which stands for Accessibility by collaborating with agencies in order to support Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing employees throughout all levels of government.
The conference’s goal is to provide available resources, services, and demonstrations of current Information Technology (IT) operations, content management, career advancement, networking, job opportunities, financial literacy, and many more. The overarching goal is to build a bridge between communities by collaborating with companies and government agencies to benefit Deaf, Deafblind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard of Hearing employees at all levels of government.
Q: Who can participate in the NTC?
A: Anyone! We encourage current government employees and aspiring government employees to join us. Other attendees may include those who work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing employees, such as Human Resource Managers, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialists, Agency Representatives, Directors/Supervisors, and hearing colleagues. Our target audience ranges from early career professionals to seasoned professionals in all government agencies and sectors.
Q: When is the NTC?
A: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday June 14, 15, and 16, 2023. The event starts at 8:30 am and finishes by 4:30 pm each day. There will be breaks and time for lunch on your own. On Friday the event ends at 3 pm to provide travel time.
Q: Where will the NTC be held?
A: The NTC will be held in person at American University’s Washington College of Law. The address is 4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016. The closest metro station is Tenleytown on the Red Line. There is street and garage parking.
Q: How can I take part in the NTC?
A: You can register at https://2023ntc.deafingov.org/about/
Q: Do I need to be a member of Deaf in Government to attend the NTC?
A: There are no requirements to become a paid member to attend this conference. This event is open to the public and will benefit current government employees and aspiring government employees.
Q: Where can I find the NTC Agenda?
A: Workshop proposals are due March 15. The agenda along with presentation times can be found at https://2023ntc.deafingov.org/schedule/ and this will be continually updated.
Q: How do I register for the DIG NTC?
A: The registration portal is launched https://2023ntc.deafingov.org/about/! Check out our announcements on social media, in emails, and on DIG’s website! Don’t forget to subscribe to our DIG emails to stay up to date on all future announcements! Sign up for an email subscription here: https://deafingov.org/membership
Q: How do I become an exhibitor or sponsor the DIG NTC?
A: Glad that you ask! We have slots available for exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. Please click on the exhibitors and sponsors sections in this web page to learn more or contact DIGConference@deafingov.org
Q: Whom do I (presenter) contact with technical issues or support questions?
A: Please contact us at DIGConference@deafingov.org if you have any issues.
Q: Are the presentations ASL and voice Interpreted and captioned?
A: All presentations will be ASL/Voice Interpreted as well as captioned. Contact DIGConference@deafingov.org if you need to make requests for other types of accommodations.
Q: Can I get a justification letter so I can attend the conference during my work time?
A: Yes, you can. The letter can be downloaded here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email DIGConference@deafingov.org.
Q: Does DIG have hotel room blocks?
A: DIG does not have hotel room blocks. We have listed the closest hotels to the Conference location on the https://2023ntc.deafingov.org/lodging/ page. Hotel approvals vary by each government agency. If your office is paying for your travel, please refer to their travel information for which hotels are approved through your office’s travel agency.