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Persons with disabilities should evacuate the building in an emergency situation, if possible. Remember that individuals with similar disabilities are unique.
Faculty members are responsible for students with disabilities who may require assistance in the event of an emergency. On the first day of class, faculty members should arrange a brief meeting with the student(s) to discuss their needs in an emergency situation. If more than one disabled student is in the class, or if the faculty member is otherwise unable to assist the student with disabilities, the faculty member is required to ask for a student volunteer.
Persons with disabilities are expected to evacuate the building in an emergency situation with everyone else. If mobility impairments preclude them from doing so, the person with disabilities may remain in the building during an emergency situation, but should move (or be moved) to the nearest stairwell and await assistance from emergency personnel. In this situation, faculty member (or student volunteer) should immediately notify first responders of the location of the student who was unable to exit the building.
If the student is visually impaired, the faculty member (or student volunteer) should escort him/her out of the building.
If the student is hearing impaired, the faculty member (or student volunteer) should make sure that the hearing-impaired person knows that there is an emergency and that he/she should follow everyone out of the building.
Through brief communication and asking questions, evacuation can be quick and safe. Always ask an individual how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-824-3523 or Campus Public Safety at 419-517-8953. (Note: Emergencies should be directed to the 24 hour Campus Security line at 419-574-3861).
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