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Emergency Preparedness Workshops focus on disabled persons.

Press Release Summary:

April 12, 2010 - ANSI's Homeland Security Standards Panel announced 3 workshops, individually taking place on May 24, May 25, and June 17, that will cover emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs. Specifically, this Phase II series of issue-driven workshops aims to provide actionable recommendations for timely development of standards specifically related to built environment, products and assistive devices, as well as emergency evacuation operations.

American National Standards Institute - New York, NY

Original Press Release

ANSI HSSP to Hold Workshops on Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities

Press release date: March 30, 2010

The American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) has announced three upcoming workshops that will cover emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs. These events will provide a follow-up to last year's workshop on this topic. In February 2009 the Panel, in collaboration with the National Organization on Disability (NOD) Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee (DARAC), held a workshop to examine existing and/or needed standards for emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs, both in the built environment and for evacuation operations. The final workshop report is now available for review. The ANSI-HSSP will now launch a Phase II series of three separate issue-driven workshops related this topic. These workshops aim to provide actionable recommendations for the timely development of standards, specifically related to the built environment, products and assistive devices, and emergency evacuation operations. ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Accessibility Codes and Standards May 24, 2010 Sheraton National Hotel 900 South Orme Street Arlington, VA 22204 Register here (registration closes May 17, 2010) ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Standards for Assistive Products and Devices May 25, 2010 Sheraton National Hotel 900 South Orme Street Arlington, VA 22204 Register here (registration closes May 17, 2010) ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Emergency Evacuation Operations June 17, 2010 Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130 Register here (registration closes June 9, 2010) A group of rooms is being held for all three meetings under a reduced guestroom rate. When making hotel reservations, please mention that you will be attending the ANSI-HSSP meeting to receive the reduced rate. Please note that individuals interested in attending more than one workshop are required to register separately for each event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for each of the workshops. [see related news item] To become a sponsor, or for more information on the workshops, please contact Jessica Carl (jcarl@ansi.org; 212.642.4903).

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