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Connecticut Hosts Course for Emergency Responders, Deaf People

November 23, 2009

Contact: Michele Roseman
Phone:   301- 589-3786 or
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Connecticut Hosts Course for Emergency Responders, Deaf People
The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) will offer the “Emergency Responder and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: Taking the First Steps to Disaster Preparedness” training on December 4, 2009 in Uncasville, CT to a group of local emergency responders, managers and planners and Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers. The goal of the course is to encourage networking, preparation and communication between the two communities prior to disaster situations.
This training is being provided through an agreement with the Rural Domestic Preparedness Training Center at Eastern Kentucky University.  This agreement allows CEPIN to present its unique and vital workshop to small and mid-sized communities across the country.
 "The training will educate emergency responders and planners on the various types of communication preferences and on how to determine the most appropriate accommodation,” said Neil McDevitt, Program Director for CEPIN.   “Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers will identify tools in working with emergency responders in order to develop comprehensive disaster preparedness efforts at the local and state level.” The host agency for the training is the State of Connecticut Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and the point of contact is Carmen Ragland, who can be reached at  [email protected].
Course details:
Date:         Friday, December 4, 2009
Time:        8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:  Mohegan Sun Employee Garage –Public Safety Facility
                 49 Sandy Desert Road
                 Uncasville, CT 06382
About CEPIN: The CEPIN Project is coordinated by Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded TDI nearly $3 million to develop model community education programs for emergency responders and special needs populations.   For more information about CEPIN, visit You can also follow us on twitter at
About TDI:  TDI is a membership organization that promotes equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technology for 31 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI educates and encourages consumer involvement regarding legal rights regarding access to technology; provides technical assistance and consultation to industry, associations, and individuals; encourages accessible applications of existing and emerging technologies in all sectors of the community; advises on and promotes the uniformity of standards for technologies; works in collaboration with other deaf and disability organizations, government, industry, and academia; develops and advocates national policies that support accessibility issues; and publishes TDI World quarterly magazine, TDI Briefs newsletter, and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide or the Blue Book.   For more information or to become a member or subscriber, go to




















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