Prevention Programs: Consider Your Audience

Issue 9 and Volume 137.

Prevention Programs: Consider Your Audience FEATURES FIRE PREVENTION Death from fire incidents in resident rehabilitation centers and group homes are becoming a common occurrence nowadays. The reaction of persons with developmental disabilities seems to play an important role in the safe evacuation of this type of occupancy. That’s why the Rehabilitation (ReHab) Center of the Olean, NY, Fire Department wanted the residents to be prepared to react in the event of such an emergency. Up until now, there has been a lack of fire safety training materials suitable for persons with developmental disabilities. To meet this need, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation, awarded the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy a grant to develop, in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health, a comprehensive safety program for use with mentally retarded adults living in the community. The slide/tape program developed is known as “In Case of…

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