Teaching Teens With I/DD Fire Safety: Classroom Plans and Modules

Effective fire prevention and survival skills—life skills that can protect young lives now and in their future lives—are more than school fire drills, a session of stop, drop and roll, or a mention of pot holders during a cooking lesson. Children and teens with intellectual disabilities are at higher for preventable injuries, including fire and …CONTINUE READING

Teens With Special Needs Get Special Safety Training

When children reach about 14 years of age, most parents feel confident about leaving them home alone for a certain amount of time. For parents of teens with intellectual disabilities, though, that decision is more complicated. Will their child know how to respond if there’s an emergency, get out if the smoke alarm sounds, and …CONTINUE READING

Teaching People With Intellectual Disabilities to Live Independently and Safely

Prevention 1st has entered the exciting next phase in its development of an evaluated curriculum for teaching safety to people with intellectual disabilities, thanks to grants from the Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Jane L. and Laurence C. Glazer Charitable Trust.

More people with intellectual disabilities are choosing …CONTINUE READING

Free Fire Safety Resources for Vulnerable Populations

Young children and people with developmental disabilities are among those at highest risk from fire. At the Mississippi Fire Chiefs’ Conference, fire chiefs learned how to protect these vulnerable groups even when budgets for preventive education are limited.

The state of Mississippi had the highest average fire death rate in the five most recent years.[i] …CONTINUE READING

Top Safety Concerns for People With Developmental Disabilities: Fire and Cooking

Read Part 1: How Can People With Disabilities Be Safe While Living Independently?

Recently Prevention 1st convened Safe at Home: Effective Safety Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities Living Independently. Co-sponsored with the NYS Office of People With Developmental Disabilities and Monroe Community College, this community conference drew more than 100 attendees including people with …CONTINUE READING

How Can People With Disabilities Be Safe While Living Independently?

People with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for injuries, and as they move into more independent living their risk increases.

 

 

While unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for everyone from age 1 to 44, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at even higher risk. People with such disabilities are …CONTINUE READING

Who Needs Injury Prevention Education? Everyone!

5th- and 6th-Graders at Hillel Community Day School learned about home safety to teach their schoolmates.

Sometimes when we at Prevention 1st explain our focus on home safety and injury prevention, we get a puzzled look that says: “Really? Who needs that?”

Just a few of the requests for training we’ve received recently, which …CONTINUE READING

After the Wells Fire: Beyond Codes and Regulation

When fire spread through the Riverview Individualized Residential Alternative in Wells, NY, four of the nine people with developmental disabilities living there perished. Today, are people with developmental disabilities any safer?

 

The Grand Jury Report released in December 2009 in response to the Wells fire noted that there are approximately 7,000 such group homes …CONTINUE READING