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Inclusive Emergency Management 101: Integrating the Disability Community in Disaster Planning and Response

People with disabilities make up nearly 20% of the population of the United States, and they are active, participating members of our communities. It is imperative that emergency management plan for and respond to them equally and effectively, as part of the whole community. In order to be successful in their efforts, both government and non-government emergency management and other entities responding to disasters must be fully inclusive of individuals with disabilities and their families and support systems.

This course was developed by individuals with disabilities who themselves have experience in the field of Emergency Management. It is designed to promote Disability Competency by improving the disability-related body of knowledge of Emergency Management students and professionals, first responders, the workforce of disaster relief and recovery agencies and non-profit organizations. It is, by any standard, the best available introductory tool for inclusive emergency management and disability integration for any individual or organization engaged in any or all disaster cycle services - response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Inclusive Emergency Management 101 is offered as a standalone, web-based course which can be incorporated into college-level emergency management curricula, and applied to other related disciplines, as desired. There are four modules consisting of a total of 13 lessons and covering the history of disability rights and the Independent Living Movement; litigation, laws and policies directly impacting equal access and emergency management; the roles of various government and non-government entities in disaster response and recovery; best practices and replicable models for inclusion and integration in all phases of emergency management; and knowledge needed to build and maintain relationships within the disability community.

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