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Safety For People With Disabilities

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Safety disabilities

People with disabilities are at much higher risk of unintentional injury, including fire and burns, than the general population. Policy changes are moving people with disabilities from institutionalized to more independent living situations, where they will need skills to stay safe from injury.

'Audience participation was good. I've been to many presentations where the instructor talks and expects everyone to listen. By having audience engagement people were more focused and paid attention better.'
Arc of Monroe

'The biggest change [since the training] has been that most people independently exit the building during fire drills and go straight to the meeting spot.'
Hillside Family of Agencies

'Flexibility, and the ability to 'riff' with the audience is key to [trainer Bob Crandall's] success. Bob can answer questions, bring a different background and a real-ness to this. It's not the same old, same old. It's a new face.'
Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc.

Developed for the non-profit injury prevention agency Prevention 1st to address the specific risks and needs of people with disabilities, including the learning styles of people with developmental disabilities.

Customized training workshops go beyond regulation and compliance to focus on practical skills that save lives. Role plays, guided imagery, and sharing experiences make the abstract concept of ‘safety’ become real. Available in a variety of workshop formats, including train the trainer.


Agencies supporting people with disabilities, fire service and fire safety educators, people with developmental and/or physical disabilities and their families.

Presented by:

  • Members of our training team with diverse backgrounds in fire service, injury prevention, mental health and disabilities, who listen carefully to questions and use them to individualize the workshop.

Benefits of this Training:

  • Improve communication between fire service and people with disabilities
  • Avoid the dangers of exit drill overkill
  • Learn strategies for people who resist complying with fire drills
  • Motivate staff and the people they support to participate effectively in fire drills and fire safety practices
  • Involve families in home safety
  • Practical skills everyone needs to stay safe from injury, such as:
    • Using the stove, microwave, or oven
    • Exiting the building/house and accountability to others
    • Identifying fire, poison, and fall hazards
    • Calling 9-1-1

Who Has Received This Training:

We have delivered dozens of training sessions to fire service and agencies supporting people with disabilities, including the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Arc of Monroe County, Hillside Family of Agencies, Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office and many others.

Download the Free White Paper

Beyond Compliance: Fire Drills and Fire Safety That Motivates Staff and the People They Serve

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