Disaster and Emergency Readiness Training for People with Disabilities and People with Access and Functional Needs (AFN)
*Communication with First Responders During Emergencies and Disasters
This video describes (1) the communication barriers first responders face during emergencies and disasters, (2) how they have learned to respond and (3) the valuable tools available to help overcome these barriers. It can be useful both for first responders themselves, as well as for people who need to be better prepared to make themselves understood if or when disaster strikes.*
Now more than ever, people are aware that everybody has to be better prepared for the inevitable next wildfire, or earthquake or flood. We are hoping you will forward this to colleagues, clients and contacts who you think could benefit from it. This Zoominar specifically focuses on the needs of those with disabilities and/or access and functional needs.
The webinar is led by Sarah Blackstone with some of the information gathered by Elsa Quezada. Sarah W. Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Speech-language Pathologist; President (Ret). - Augmentative Communication, Inc., Monterey CERT Zone Captain, Monterey County Office of Emergency Services Access and Functional Needs Working Group; United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Co-chair, Disaster Relief Committee/Past President; The Bridge School, Board of Directors/Principle Investigator, Improving the outcomes of children with cortical visual Impairment (CVI) who rely on (AAC) augmentative and alternative communication. Central Coast American Red Cross, Disaster Services Hero, 2017.