• Arkansas Council on Dev. Dis. approves funding to bring FRDAT program to state; 2nd state in nation to receive comprehensive training

  • EMS online training in production. Anticipated debut in Fall 2014.

  • NU FRDAT receives NYS DDPC 2014 Forging Pathways award at the DDPC awards luncheon in Saratoga, NY on May 29 Learn More →

  • Senate Hearing on "Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans" held April 29th - Project Director attended Learn More →

  • NU meets with University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security and discusses partnership

  • Project Director accepts invitation to join National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability advisory council

  • Project Director joins International Assn. of Chiefs of Police focus group - Mental Health of Arrestees and How It Impacts Our Officers

  • 70 law enforcement agencies and 89 FDs/EMS agencies represented at Train the Trainer sessions Learn More →

  • 911 Operators/Dispatchers Train the Trainer introduced at the NYS 911 Coordinators Association Conference May 14 in Lake George, NY

  • 130,285 individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State. Are you trained on how to properly respond? Learn More →

Welcome to First Responders Disability Awareness Training

first responders stretcherThank you for visiting our website. We believe that the information here in phase one is extremely valuable. We will continue to add database and resource functionality over the coming months.

About First Responder Disability Awareness Training

first responder black and whiteIn September 2010 Niagara University was awarded a three year $650,000 grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council ( to develop curriculum for the training of police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services, and other first responders in the state of New York. Although some states have some versions of this program, no state has developed a fully comprehensive program. Working with the support of the NYS Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the end product will include, but not be limited to, class room training, a train the trainer program, on-line training, database of all departments and councils, extensive resources, and regional disability contacts and information. We will also explore podcasts and applications, as suggested by some of our first responder partners.

We welcome your input and interest in this endeavor. Contact us.

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