The Accessibility Expo co-locating with NFPA Conference & Expo features products specifically designed to help comply with the ADA and to improve quality of life and safety for people with disabilities. This event feature, along with related sessions in the NFPA conference program, is designed to inform building designers, builders, managers and safety executives, and to promote the idea of moving beyond the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Chair descent devices
There are a lot of exciting features on the expo floor, and one of them is the live demonstration of stair descent devices. While not endorsing any particular manufacturer or stair descent device, NFPA is facilitating these demonstrations to help educate users, caregivers, building owners and managers and first responders about this evacuation option. Join us at the far end of the exhibit hall for these demonstrations.

Monday, June 9

  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm, EVAC+CHAIR, North America
  • 6:15 – 6:45 pm, Evacuscape

Tuesday, June 10

  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, Evacuscape
  • 12:15 - 12:45 pm, Garaventa Lift
  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm, EVAC+CHAIR, North America
  • 1:45 – 2:15 pm, Evacuscape
  • 2:30 – 3:00 pm, Garaventa Lift

Wednesday, June 11

  • 10:15 – 10:45 pm, Garaventa Lift
  • 11:00 – 11:30 am, EVAC+CHAIR, North America
  • 11:45 am – 12:15 pm, Evacuscape
  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm, Garaventa Lift
Accessibility Expo Presentation Theater

A highlight of the Accessibility Expo will be presentations that will discuss ADA related issues and/or solutions. These presentations will take place in the Accessibility Expo Presentation Theater, booth 1778 during exhibit hall hours and you are free to attend these presentations at NO COST. Please note that these presentations are not a part of the regular conference program.

Review the Accessibility Expo presentation schedule and continue to check back as it changes frequently.

Monday, June 9

4:00 – 4:45 pm
Blind Awareness Sensitivity Training
Speakers: Vicki Essner and Larry Coffey
This session will help educate and bring some awareness of blindness and visual impairment by providing factual, relevant information to help break down assumptions and stereotypes.

Tuesday, June 10

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Reaching the Whole Community: Examining Website Accessibility
Speaker: Braeden Benson
Websites are an important means of communication used in public safety. Using the Website Content Accessibility Guide published by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) our research assesses the accessibility of State- and Country-level websites for having content related to people with disabilities and for providing information in a perceptually accessible format.

12:15 – 1:15 pm
Using Mobile Learning, APPS and Job Aids to Enhance Response and Recovery for People with Disabilities
Speaker: Chris Littlewood
Mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones allows responders to quickly utilize resources that they may not use every day. Smart phone native APPS, social media, and other non-technical job aids can assist with connecting to service providers for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Assistive Devices for Special Populations
Speaker: Chief Ron Spears
Fire Chief Ron Spears will be doing a presentation on the Fire Safety Program that he has facilitated in his district. The program includes alerting devices for people who are hard-of-hearing, deaf or deaf-blind.

2:15 – 3:00 pm
Accessible Hotel Guest Rooms for Persons who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf
Speaker: Suzanne Thomas
Why is it that most rooms designed to accommodate hotel guests who are hard of hearing or deaf are not compliant with the original ADAAG or the new ADA 2010 Standards? Learn how to evaluate rooms built/remodeled under ADAAG to determine if they are compliant and how to correct them under the 2010 Standards.

3:15 – 3:45 pm
The Fire Alarm and the Deaf: Simple Solutions
Speaker: Billy Geeslin
Meeting the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and more! Come learn about fire alarm notification requirements and simple solutions for the consumer who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Wednesday, June 11

10:15 – 11:15 am
Significant Changes to the A117.1 - 2009 Standard
Speaker: Jay Woodward
Address some of the key changes from the 2003 to the 2009 A117.1 Accessibility Standard. Identifies important chances in organization, accessibility requirements and the applicability of the requirements to design, plan review, inspection and use. Primary changes discussed include reach ranges, roll-in showers, signage and access to recreational facilities.

Additionally, the NFPA C&E 2014 conference program includes four sessions addressing safety for people with disabilities:

Monday, June 9

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Ergonomic Evaluation of Stair Descent Devices: Study Results and Device Demonstration
Speaker: Glenn Hedman, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Expo Hall – Booth 1778

Tuesday, June 10

9:30 – 10:30 am
The 2015 Edition of ANSI/ICC A117.1 "Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities"
Speaker: Allan Fraser, NFPA
Location: Breakers IJ

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Autism Awareness for First Responders
Speakers: Elizabeth Larkin, Saint Paul Fire Department; John Sokol, Pembroke Fire Protection District
Location: Surf AB

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Fire Fighters and Home Fire Safety Solutions for People With Disabilities
Speaker: Nancy Trench, Oklahoma State University
Location: Surf AB