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Task Force strategizes on fire safety for people with disabilities

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Sep 24, 2012

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3c3835cb970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3c3835cb970c-320wi|alt=GROUP PHOTO GOOD|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=GROUP PHOTO GOOD|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3c3835cb970c!The Fire Safety for People with Disabilities Task Force gathered for a two-day meeting in the Washington, D.C. area last week. Formed about 10 years, the task force is made up of fire and life safety specialists, leaders of organizations that advocate for people with disabilities, and representatives of burn survivor groups. The Task Force advises NFPA’s Public Education Division on developing new fire safety educational materials and programs to ensure the inclusion of fire and life safety messages for people with disabilities and also seeks to ensure that fire safety educational materials depict people with disabilities in a positive manner. In recent years the Task Force advised the public education division in the development of the Safety at Home brochure, the I Know My Fire Safety Plan  fire safety social story for children who have autism, the Home Safety for People with Disabilities tips sheet, and the How to Teach People with Intellectual Disabilities overview and lesson plan for Fire Prevention Week . Over the years, Task Force members have served as panelists on educations sessions at the NFPA Conference. At last week’s meeting, new members–including representatives of a number of national organizations that advocate for people with disabilities–were welcomed. The Task Force looks forward to continuing its work to make sure that everyone escapes safely.

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