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Date Developed: 02/15/2010. Source: University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living and the Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Advanced. Length: 120 minutes.


This course is designed for the public health, hospital, preparedness, emergency response and disaster relief workforce. Specific training covers disability etiquette, terminology, and communications and assistance techniques during disasters for assisting people with disabilities. The course covers various disaster assistance needs of persons with sight, mobility, hearing and cognitive disabilities. Instruction is given in the video by professional educators with one educator being a person with a disability to enhance the experience of acquainting the audience with disabilities.

Learning Objectives

• Describe different needs populations.

• Use correct terminology.

• Describe methods to approach persons with disabilities.

• Gain skills to better perform your duties.

• Describe the characteristics and needs of individuals with disabilities.

• Acquire knowledge of best practices.

• Provide the best possible outcome for the client/consumer, the responder, and the receiver in the event of a natural or bioterrorist disaster.

• Describe the public health role in emergency response in a range of emergencies that might arise.

• Describe individual functional role(s) in emergency response and demonstrate the role(s) in regular drills.

• Describe communication role(s) in emergency response within the agency, using established communication systems for the agency, general public, personnel, and media.

• Identify limits to own knowledge, skills, and authority, and identify key systems for referring matters that exceed these limits.

• Apply creative problem solving and flexible thinking to unusual challenges within an individuals functional responsibility and evaluate effectiveness of all actions taken.

Special Instructions

After completing the course and evaluation a certificate of completion will be available through the 'Certificate' link on the right handside of the homepage. 1. This online course will take 2 hrs to complete and includes a pre/post assessment, video, an evaluation and course certificate. 2. Use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome as your browser and high speed Internet service 3. Turn OFF your pop-up blockers 4.Test the compatiblity of your computer for taking this online course: » Click the help button located on the TRAIN Navigation taskbar » Left-hand menu select 'Test Your Environment', Run Test button » All of the checkmarks should be GREEN » If any of the links are RED, click the link and follow the prompts

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.