- Mike Baer
- EPCAP Coordinator
- RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- One Capitol Hill, Ground Level
- Providence, RI 02908
- Tel/VP: 401-216-5414
The Emergency and Public Communication Access Program (EPCAP) is a statewide program that provides education and training, consulting, technical assistance, and needs assessment, to local and state municipalities, law enforcement agencies (Fire, Emergency Medical, Police), corporations, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and to anyone who is committed to the wellbeing of deaf and hard of hearing Rhode Island residents in emergency and non-emergency situations.
The program has two parts, Emergency and Public Communication Access:
Emergency Communication Access is the area where the RICDHH ensures that all individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and who utilize American Sign Language and/or English as their language have a full access to emergency information through visual, technology, signals, person-to-person, TV, smartphone, and many more.
Public Communication Access is the area where the RICDHH ensures that public sites especially state-owned properties do have appropriate telecommunication or general communication equipment/devices that will be used by anyone including individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing utilizing either or both American Sign Language and English.