Addressing Access and Functional Needs (AFN) in School and Higher Education Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs)
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, 2016
Students or staff with access and functional needs (AFN) are those who need accommodations and modifications due to a temporary or permanent condition that limits their ability to take some actions in the event of an emergency. An access or a functional need may be due to physical, sensory, behavioral, mental health, intellectual, developmental, or cognitive disabilities; chronic conditions; injuries; and limited English proficiency (LEP) or an inability to speak English. These individuals may have physical, programmatic, or communication accessibility needs before, during, and after an emergency for which schools and IHEs should plan. This webinar provides an overview of AFN integration within schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs), as well as specific information on and examples of inclusive preparedness planning in schools and IHEs. Supporting PDF documents include a copy of the presentation, a resource list, and an AFN fact sheet.