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Disability Action Center NW

FEMA released a new version of their training course: Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Operations. This new course replaces a version that was released in 2012.

FEMA’s goal is to shorten the disaster cycle for people with disabilities and deliver their program services equitably. They want first responders at every level to have the tools and knowledge necessary to make all phases of emergency management accessible. All their personnel involved in disaster operations will be trained.

The course will focus on access and functional needs for people with disabilities. They want to integrate people with disabilities in their operations and shorten the length of time to provide them. This means teaching them the difference between equity and equality. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

The ADA provides guidance in how local and federal governments respond to emergencies. Things like emergency alerts provided in accessible formats, evacuation and transportation to help those with mobility issues, and emergency shelters being accessible and allowing service dogs.

They will also adjust their terminology to be more disability friendly. They even want to ensure inclusivity and accessibility to all their managers.

Their work will result in all FEMA’s programs and services are accessible to all.,

Phone: Voice & TTD 208-841-9422



For more information about the ADA contact:

Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator 

For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website:
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 7