Supporting Individuals with Disabilities During Emergencies

Supporting Individuals with Disabilities During Emergencies 

This course provides information for support staff to help individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) during emergencies. This course discusses ways to prevent and respond to common emergencies. It discusses safety inside and outside of the home and how to respond to natural disaster emergencies.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-ESIDD
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify how to support people with disabilities during household emergencies and natural disaster emergencies.
Explain how to prevent injuries and respond to common household emergencies.
Differentiate between the appropriate responses to different natural disaster emergencies.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Safety and IDD A. Sarah’s Fire Danger B. What went wrong? C. Safety D. Environmental Safety Planning for Individuals with Disabilities E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Personal Safety A. Poisoning B. Preventing Poisoning C. Responding to Poisoning D. Falls E. Preventing Falls F. Responding to Falls G. Drowning and Water Safety H. Preventing Drowning I. Responding to Drowning J. Review K. Summary Section 4: Fires and Fire Prevention A. Fires B. Fire Detection and Alarm Systems C. Equipment Hazards D. Preventing a Home Fire E. Fire Escape Planning F. Responding to a Fire G. Fire Extinguishers H. Recovery After a Fire I. Additional Concerns for IDD J. Review K. Summary Section 5: Planning for Environmental Emergencies A. Emergency Planning B. All-Hazards Planning C. All-Hazards Plans D. Create a Kit E. Make a Plan F. Be Informed G. Shelter-in-Place H. Review: All-Hazards Plans Section 6: Natural Disaster Emergencies A. Natural Disaster Emergencies B. Excessive Heat C. Winter Storms D. Thunderstorms E. Flooding F. Hurricanes G. Tornadoes H. Earthquakes I. Assisting Individuals with Disabilities during a Disaster J. Review K. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributor D. Resources E. References F. Exam

Instructor: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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