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Independent Living: Safety in the Home, Workplace and Community

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Country Listings: New Zealand / United Kingdom


American Red Cross provides a comprehensive web section dedicated to preparing your home in the event of an emergency. They have developed a special guide specifically for individuals with disabilities - Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs.

Automotive Safety Issues for People with Disabilities is provided by the NHTSA is the federal government agency with the authority to regulate the manufacture of automotive adaptive equipment and modified vehicles used by persons with disabilities. More information on Notices and Final Rules relating to this topic may be found at Final Rules.

Community Safety for Self-Advocates - Safety at Home This booklet provides instructions about safety at home. Safety subjects in this book include telephone personal safety, developing plans for handling emergencies at home, safety in the kitchen and while cooking, and safety tips for other rooms of a house including the bathroom, living areas, bedroom, and fireplace, medication safety, preparing a home first aid kit, fire prevention and safety, general household safety, and ways to network with neighbors. Discussion questions are included to increase awareness and understanding of safety issues. For more information on this product contact the Irwin Siegel Agency, Inc. web at www.siegelagency.com.

Developing Personal Safety Skills in Children with Disabilities

This book is by Freda Briggs, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Part I provides information for parents, teachers and other caregivers for an understanding of personal safety skills for all children, and explains the risks and considerations peculiar to children with special needs. Approaches and methods for their protection are described. Part II provides practical curriculum ideas and exercises for developing safety skills in children and young people with mild to severe disabilities. The curriculum ideas are sequenced to help with the development of basic safety knowledge and skills for various abilities.

New Sign National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333, phone: 1-800-232-4636 or TTY 1-888-232-6348 or send email to cdcinfo@cdc.gov

National Falls Prevention Resource Center through the National Council on Aging, 251 18th Street South, Suite 500 Arlington, VA 22202, phone 1-571-527-3900 or send email through their email form on their website.

National Fire Protection Association has developed, with input from the disability community, the Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities. The guide provides information on the five general categories of disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, and cognitive) and the four elements of evacuation information that occupants need (notification, way finding, use of the way, and assistance). The Guide includes a checklist that building services managers and people with disabilities can use to design a personalized evacuation plan.

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications Fall Prevention Center of Excellence allows you to select your state from the map or pull down menu. Each state page then offers accessible home modification assistance resources for that state and what state government agencies may be available. University of Southern California 3715 McClintock Avenue, Roo 228, Los Angeles, CA 90089-091 phone 1-213-740-1364 or contact via email homemods@usc.edu

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Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights advocates for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. They work to create and promote personal success, independence and community involvement for children and adults with disabilities. Programs include Understanding Special Education: A Parent Primer, a 7-hour course that teaches parents how to be an effective advocate/planner for their child, People First, a statewide self advocacy organization, and Parent To Parent, one-on-one telephone support from other parents who have experience raising children with disabilities. For more information, call (203) 792-3540.

Safety Planning: Health and Safety from the Quality Mall person centered services supporting people with developmental disabilities. Includes products that show persons with developmental disabilities how to be safe in their home, work, and other community settings without giving up their rights to make choices and take reasonable risks.


Poison Center of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, located in Milwaukee, provides 24-hour, toll-free poison information for all individuals in the State of Wisconsin. In February of 2005, the Poison Center received national certification by the American Association of Poison Control Centers which is the nationwide organization that sets standards and collects exposure data for poison centers across the country. Anyone having had direct contact with a known or potential poison can receive immediate advice on what steps to take to prevent injury from that exposure. From anywhere within Wisconsin, land and cell phone access for the general public, industry, EMS, and health care workers is obtained at: 1-800-222-1222.

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New Zealand

Land Transport Safety Authority Safe driving requires a safe car and a healthy driver. Most people who have a disability or medical condition can still drive. This section by the New Zealand Land Transport Safety Authority discusses the driving options for various disabilities.

United Kingdom

Health and Safety for Disabled People by Health and Safety Executive offer information for employers, employees, the law, FAQ, myths, practical implementation and resources and useful links.

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