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Safety 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.  

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.

Updated May 2016  

In This Section
  • Educational materials NFPA offers a wealth of free educational materials for both consumers and public educators that deal directly with the safety needs of people with disabilities.
  • Safety videos in American Sign Language Safety tips for heating, cooking, electrical hazards and smoking in American Sign Language.
  • eACCESS newsletter Fire and life safety information for people with disabilities