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					       Accessibility and Reasonable
       Accommodation on Incidents

Objectives:

Define:
   Accessibility
   Reasonable Accommodation
   Employee’s Rights
   Employee’s Responsibilities
   Your Responsibilities
    Accessibility and Reasonable
    Accommodation on Incidents

Process:
Breakout groups to assess knowledge
Appoint a spokesperson
Each group to receive a knowledge
assessment
Answer assessment and discuss
Return to large group, spokesperson to present
your findings
Review and discuss scenario
        Accessibility and Reasonable
        Accommodation on Incidents

Accessibility is:

 Facilities, programs, and sites are in compliance
  with the Federal accessibility guidelines and
  standards.

 Accessible sites and facilities do not contain
  barriers limiting their use by people with
  disabilities.
       Accessibility and Reasonable
       Accommodation on Incidents


Reasonable Accommodation is:
A change in the work environment that enables an
individual with a qualified disability to have equal
access to the benefits and privileges of employment.
          Accessibility and Reasonable
          Accommodation on Incidents
   Reasonable Accommodation                                Accessible

Make four-wheel electric scooter          Design a base camp layout that provides
available.                                access between work, eating, sleeping,
                                          communications, & toilet/bathing areas.
Make refrigeration equipment available    Ensure for accessible trail widths and surface.
for incident personnel medication.
Accommodate dietary needs.                Ensure accessible shower and toilet units, if
                                          needed are onsite or make special
                                          arrangements outside the incident facility.
Consider leasing an individual’s POV if Ensure alternative methods of receiving food
needed for mobility.                    are available, such as ramps or have food
                                        handlers available to prepare and deliver.
Computers and/or software for visually    Rent double door tents and provide small
or hearing impairment.                    ramp over doorway lip.
Provide sign language interpreter, if     Accessible eating tables. Consider height,
requested.                                location, etc.
Provide motel facilities that have        Provide for accessible parking spaces,
accessible shower and toilet facilities   adjacent to accessible paths of travel.
and are near an accessible eating area.
         Accessibility and Reasonable
         Accommodation on Incidents


“It is our job to support the fire program needs
and encourage all employees to actively
participate in fire suppression. Many people with
disabilities have skills in the areas that are
needed including finance, plans, public
information, dispatch, demob, GIS, security and
training.”

Letter from Chief Bosworth to
Regional Foresters, July 15, 2002.
       Accessibility and Reasonable
       Accommodation on Incidents

Emergency Preparedness:
Executive Order 13347 (7/22/04)
Pre-event Preparation
Trigger Points
Levels of Alert
Alerting Procedure
Evacuation Procedures
Do your emergency preparedness plans consider
visitors, contractors, etc.
       Accessibility and Reasonable
       Accommodation on Incidents


Reasonable Accommodation:


Is it an option?
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               Accommodation on Incidents
Universal
Symbols
       Meets accessibility
       guidelines



                                                               Information




Accessible
toilet                                   No Smoking Area


                             Mobility

                                                                 Camping Area




                                           Shower


Sign language available

                                                           Assistive Listening Device
                             Telephone
      Accessibility and Reasonable
      Accommodation on Incidents

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act:
Mandates that people with disabilities are to have
equal access to the programs and activities funded
by Federal agencies and those entities under
contract to Federal agencies.
       Accessibility and Reasonable
       Accommodation on Incidents

There are at least 100 different types of
positions in the fire incident command
system.

Fifty percent of all positions within the fire incident
command system do not have physical standard
requirements, which would limit one’s ability for
specific positions.
     Accessibility and Reasonable
     Accommodation on Incidents

Reasonable Accommodation – does it cost
too much?

51% of accommodations cost ABSOLUTELY
nothing.
Of the remaining 49%, 80 % cost less than $50.
Many of these expenses are one-time cost.

Many accommodations are free, such as simple
adjustments to the environment.
The accommodation has to be effective.
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     Accommodation on Incidents


The Reasonable Accommodation regulations
require that supervisors and employees with
disabilities enter into an interactive process.

Supervisors are NOT to make assumptions about
what an individual with a disability may or may not
need in their work environment.
      Accessibility and Reasonable
      Accommodation on Incidents
Disability Etiquette: “Handicap” vs. Individual
with a disability
Handicap is: a barrier or circumstance that makes
progress or success difficult, such as an
impassable flight of stairs or a negative attitude
toward a person who has a disability OR
    a result of personal and cultural
   stereotypes/biases
Individual with a disability is: the result of a
medically definable condition that limits a person's
movements, senses, or activities OR
    a result of a condition of the physical
   environment
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       Accommodation on Incidents
Resources:
 Human Resource Specialist (HRSP)
 Region 6 CR web page:
  http://fsweb.r6.fs.fed.us/cr/new-crweb/program-delivery-program-
  accessibility.shtml
 Tom Valluzzi – National Forest Service Disability
  Employment Program Manager – (202) 205-1062
 Nita Wornom – Region 6 Civil Rights – (503) 808-
  2527
 Robin Udey – Region 6 Civil Rights – (503) 808-
  2549
 Missoula Technology and Development Center
  http://fsweb.mtdc.wo.fs.fed.us/toolbox/acc/index.htm

				
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