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First Responder

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Complete modules 1 through 6 below. Once modules 1-6 are complete, follow the link in Module 7 which is the final survey. Once the survey is completed, a certificate will be mailed to the address you provided in the survey.
This training is approved for1-hour credit through the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards (NDCPD181) , for the LCCR credit hours through ND EMS Systems, a Division of Emergency Medical Systems, Social Workers and Nurses. This training will be available until September 30, 2021.

Module 1: Introduction / General Disability Information, Click Here
Module 2: Blind/Visual Impairments and Service Animals, Click Here
Module 3: Communication Barriers, Click Here
Module 4: Cognitive Impairments, Click Here
Module 5: Mobility Impairments, Click Here
Module 6: National and North Dakota Disability Resources, Start Here
Module 7: Survey and Certificate, Click Here

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First Responder Disability Awareness Training

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities in conjunction with the Ohio Disability & Health Program has produced a one-hour training for first responders on working with people with disabilities. This training has been approved for 1 hour credit through North Dakota Peace Officer Standards. A certificate of completion will be issued following training and post-survey completion. The first 100 individuals completing the course will receive the 5th Edition Tip Sheet for First Responders that was developed by the State of New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability to enhance their training.

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COURSE INFORMATION

• Course Duration:Approximately one hour

• Course Description: In this training, we provide information and best practices to ensure the safety of people with disabilities and EMS, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and other Allied Health Professionals.The training provides an overview of different disability types and accommodations that may be necessary, as well as an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as it relates to first responders. This training was supported by funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

• CEUs:To obtain one hour of Continuing Education Credit for this training, all modules must be viewed in their entirety and the completion of a brief evaluation of the training. This program has been approved for this training and has been approved for 1 hour credit through the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards (NDCPD181) and for the LCCR credit hours through ND EMS System, a Division of Emergency Medical Systems.

• PROVIDED BY:This training is provided through the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) in conjunction with the Ohio Disability and Health Program. It was produced as a one-hour training for first responders on working with people with disabilities. This training was funded by the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities (Contract #600-11064).

• WHO: his training is designed for law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, and EMTs/paramedics.

Objectives

To identify barriers that first responders face in serving people with disabilities and to provide and demonstrate effective methods to overcome these barriers.
• To provide first responders with the information and methods that will help to ensure effective and appropriate communication between first responders and people with disabilities.

• To provide guidance on how to identify characteristics or behaviors of people with disabilities that could be mistakenly viewed as threatening, and to identify best practices to avoid escalating the situation.

• To identify groups of people who may need special consideration with regard to transportation or situational orientation and to identify best practices for addressing those needs. These will include a discussion of safe lifting, carrying, loading, and evacuation methods.

• To highlight portions of a Federal law called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 that are relevant for first responders.The ADA states that reasonable accommodations must be provided when necessary for people with disabilities to receive the same level of services as the general population.

Technical Requirements

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