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Claude Stout
CEPIN Project Lead

Claude L. Stout is currently Executive Director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI). In this role, he also serves as CEPIN's Project Leader.

He has served in this capacity since January 13, 1997. TDI is a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes equal access to telecommunications and media for the nation’s 28 million citizens that are deaf, late-deafened, hard-of-hearing, and deafblind. 

Prior to his current employment with TDI, Mr. Stout has served for five years as Assistant Director for Community Affairs with N.C. Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, a year and four months as Executive Director with Missouri Commission for the Deaf, and ten years as Assistant Executive Director for Business Services with National Association of the Deaf.

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Andrew J. Perlman

CEPIN Acting Program Director

Andy has been affiliated with CEPIN since 2007.  While a firefighter with the Montgomery Township Department of Fire Services in Montgomery County PA, he became a CEPIN instructor helping build relationships between the emergency management and deaf, hard-of-hearing communities.  In September of 2010, he became Outreach Coordinator facilitating marketing for current and future initiatives, public relations, and workshop logistics.

Andy is a member of the Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Task Force Functional Needs Subcommittee, helping support organizations that provide services to those with access and functional needs. He was formerly with the Bucks County Technical Rescue Task Force in Bucks County PA, as well as a PA State Fire Instructor.  Andy was also a trainer for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, teaching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) awareness to emergency responders.         


Jim House CEPIN Outreach Manager
James D. House

CEPIN Acting Outreach Coordinator

James House has been involved with CEPIN even before the program began. He wrote the first grant proposal in 2004 that resulted in $1.5 million dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enable TDI to develop a nationwide emergency preparedness training program.  Under that grant, Jim led the formation of CEPIN's original program structure, developing its first training course "Emergency Responders and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community (AWR-186).  With his assistance and technical support, the CEPIN program was extended in 2007 under a second $1.3M grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  In November 2010, Jim graduated from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program in Montgomery County, Maryland.

During his previous tenure as Director of Public Relations at TDI since 1999, Jim has participated in numerous consumer coalitions and industry forums involving accessibility issues in television captioning and emergency communications, as well as mobile, text and video telecommunications.  In addition to pl
anning for TDI conferences, and workshops, he was also the Managing Editor of TDI publications.  Jim has provided a wealth of telecommunications and media access resources to both professionals and consumers.  Prior to joining TDI as a volunteer in 1998, Mr. House had been an advocate for various disability rights issues for more than 25 years on the state and local levels.

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