Children’s Specialized Hospital

Initiative: Living Safely with Disabilities and Special Health Needs
Grant years: 2021–22

People with disabilities are often at increased risk of injury. Yet, when safety education and resources are provided, they might not be relevant, understandable, or accessible to those with disabilities. To resolve this problem, we have created a one-stop hub of safety resources in multiple formats to increase accessibility, understanding, and use.

Developed in partnership with disability advocates, organizations, agencies, and caregivers, the guidance created during the course of this project supports the inclusion of people with disabilities within municipal, regional, and state community needs assessments; provider safety training; local emergency preparedness, safety plans, and kits; safety resources; and community safety education. Resources and tools available through the Living Safely Online Center for Safety were developed following a disability safety survey and a nationwide brainstorming summit, both of which engaged key audiences to identify challenges and opportunities for growth within safety education.

As a result of those findings, the new website contains educational material including public service announcements, guidance documents, and resources on topics including law enforcement interactions, fire safety, wandering and elopement, and interpersonal violence. These safety resources are available in multiple formats and outlets to address different learning styles, sensory issues, cognitive abilities, and accessibility needs.

Learn more at the Living Safely Online Center for Safety and join the Coalition for Living Safely with Disabilities and Special Needs.