Audiovisual Industry Brings Sights and Sounds to Organizations Using the Power of AV Technologies

Helen Keller National Center is first recipient of `ICIA Shines Initiative,` receiving $100,000 in AV products and services to enhance training

FAIRFAX, VA. May 19, 2005 The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) today announced the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) as the first beneficiary of the "ICIA Shines Initiative," a program matching the expertise of audiovisual professionals with organizations in need of AV technology to enhance communications. HKNC received nearly $100,000 in products and services from ICIA and its member companies for its training facility in Sands Point, NY. Installation will be completed later this month.

"AV technology will greatly impact our training seminars for professionals in the field of deaf - blindness," said HKNC Executive Director Joseph McNulty. "In addition to serving these professionals, wireless mics, amplifiers, individual display screens, even the wheelchair accessible lectern, will assist individuals who are deaf -blind to more fully participate in our events."

The AV installation is in a new 2,400 square foot wing of HKNC's "Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Conference Center" and features a significant audiovisual infrastructure, including a Walkerduct system and floor boxes that allow cabling to run underneath the floor and power displays for individuals seated in the auditorium. A rear projector room, large displays and screens, speakers, microphones, headphones, switchers, a control system and other equipment complete the AV system.

This project began as a vision of Jeff Loether at Electro -Media Design who saw the need to assist HKNC. As he began working on it, he reached out to his fellow members on the ICIA Independent Consultants in AV Technology (ICAT) Council which adopted it as a project. As the project developed, ICAT brought in the ICIA Sound, Audiovisual, Video Integrators Council (SAVVI) and the ICIA Shines project was born. These two councils represent the AV design and integration communities and their joint efforts, along with donations from manufacturers, have made this project a success.

"It has been rewarding to see our members lend their expertise to make a difference in the lives of deaf and blind individuals," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D, Executive Director of ICIA. "AV technology enhances communications for everyone, everyday. It's so fitting that we could bring the benefits of AV to an organization as deserving as the Helen Keller National Center."

Altogether, 14 ICIA member organizations and individuals contributed to the HKNC project:

Platinum Level:

Electro -Media Design, Ltd., Rockville, MD - design consulting services and equipment
ICIA - project management and equipment
Gold Level:
Crestron Electronics, Rockleigh, NJ - complete control system with touchscreen
FSR, Inc., West Patterson, NJ - PC video interfaces, audio matrix switchers, wallplates, amplifier
Silver Level:
ACE Communications, Lynbrook, NY - installation services
Audio Video Resources, Williston Park, NY - system commissioning services
Cardone Solomon & Associates, Northport, NY - digital audio mixer, matrix mixers and processor
Joseph Bocchiaro III, Ph.D., CTS -D, ICIA - consulting services and equipment
Kramer Electronics, Hampton, NJ - video scaler
Large Screen Displays, Santa Ana, CA - rear projection mirror/frame system
Listen Technologies, Sandy, UT - auditory assistance system
Pro Sound, Miami, FL - mixer, power amplifiers, speaker assemblies
Shure Brothers, Niles, IL - audio distribution amplifier, wireless microphone systems
Stewart Filmscreens, Torrance, CA - front projection screen

ICIA is considering future ICIA Shines projects. For more information, contact Duffy Wilbert at To learn more about ICIA Shines, visit

About Helen Keller National Center
Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf -Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is the only nonprofit agency providing training and placement for youths and adults who are deaf -blind. The organization's mission is to enable people who are deaf -blind to live fuller, more productive and independent lives in the communities of their choice. HKNC operates a residential and training facility at its headquarters in Sands Point, NY, and provides support services in field offices throughout the United States.

About ICIA

ICIA is the international trade association of the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, ICIA's 3,300 members include manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end -users and multimedia professionals from more than 56 countries. ICIA is the leading resource for AV market intelligence and news. Its training and education programs, along with its certified technology specialist (CTS) and certified audiovisual solutions provider (CAVSP) credentials, set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. ICIA also co -sponsors the Integrated Systems Asia, Integrated Systems China and Integrated Systems Europe industry expositions.

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