This demonstration project field tested an individualized fire safety training program delivered by an inter-professional partnership of care providers and fire safety educators to 26 participants with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) transitioning to independent living. The program taught participants four key fire safety skills and removed several common fire hazards.
A pre-post-follow-up evaluation documented a statistically significant reduction in environmental hazards and statistically significant improvements in the participants’ mastery of four key safety skills.
An individualized hazard remediation and skill training program delivered by an inter-professional team can make it possible for people with IDD to live independently more safely.
Funding for this project was provided by the Rochester Area Community Foundation Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle, Grant Number 20161177 and The Jane L. and Laurence C. Glazer Charitable Trust.