The ability to respond to individuals with disabilities has posed varying challenges to emergency responders. As the population increases and more individuals are active in the community, the need to ensure accurate and appropriate response is critical.
Eggertsville Hose Co. will host disability training sessions at its station (1880 Eggert Road, Amherst, NY 14226) on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
This presentation brings together an education on disabilities while enhancing sensitivity. Included in this are disabilities defined and appropriate response, characteristics and how to identify disabilities, the role of caregivers and service providers, federal and municipality roles and responsibilities, the perspective of the disability community, challenging scenarios and behavior and how to address them, current trends and topics, and etiquette and interaction skills. An extensive amount of resources will also be provided.
Niagara University (NU) has received the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) First Responder (FR) Disability Awareness Training (DAT) grant. Over the course of the next two years we will be rolling out the curriculum for law enforcement, fire fighters, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in regards to proper response to individuals with disabilities (IWDs) and all that this entails. This program will evolve into a Train the Trainer curriculum and also have other forms of delivery to best meet your needs.
David Whalen is the Statewide Program Coordinator. He has been training all walks of life in disability awareness for the past seven years and has been in the field of disabilities since 1986.
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