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New course on including people with disabilities and others with access & functional needs in disaster operations

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Feb 26, 2014

Fema courseIndependent Study Course, IS-368: Including People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs in Disaster Operations, is a new, online training course available now. The course has been developed by FEMA and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in order to increase awareness and understanding of the need for full inclusion of disaster survivors and FEMA staff who are people with disabilities, and people with access and functional needs. The course provides an overview of disabilities and access and functional needs and explains how disaster staff can apply inclusive practices in their disaster assignments, and should be attended by all personnel involved in disaster operations at the Joint Field Office (JFO) as well as anyone else involved in disaster operations.

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster operations at the JFO and field locations.
  • Describe how JFO and field staff can support and include people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster operations.
  • Describe principles and FEMA initiatives that provide a foundation for the integration of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster operations.
  • Describe the history of the treatment of and services for people with disabilities.
  • Identify laws that provide the legal foundation for issues related to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
  • Describe the function of the Disability Integration Advisor.
  • Describe personal actions to support the integration of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in the JFO and field disaster operations.

Participants can take the course, and the final exam, online

To learn more, NFPA also has an information and resource page on people with disabilities that includes an emergency evacuation planning guide

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