People with disabilities

Published on February 8, 2013

NFPA is your source for fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities.

More than 43 million Americans have a disability. The identity of the group of Americans with disabilities is constantly changing — at any moment we ourselves could become part of this group, for maybe a short time or maybe for a long time. NFPA has long been involved with developing strategies and fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities. Please download and use any of the free educational materials we have developed for people with disabilities, friends and families, and workplaces, schools and communities. You can also subscribe to our free quarterly newsletter to keep you up-to-date on news and issues on this important topic.

 

 
Featured resource 
Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide
NFPA's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities provides information on the five general categories of disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, and cognitive) and the four elements of evacuation information that occupants need:  notification, way finding, use of the way, and assistance. It also includes a checklist that building services managers and people with disabilities can use to design a personalized evacuation plan, as well as government resources and text based on the relevant code requirements and ADA criteria.













Gary Olsen, a member of NFPA's Fire Safety for People with Disabilities Task Force, uses American Sign Language in this presentation about the importance of making a home fire drill plan.

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