Comprehensive Crisis Preparedness: Addressing Special Needs Students

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. to articulate practical examples of individualized emergency plans and recovery interventions.
  2. to recognize the key elements of comprehensive safety planning and recovery to assist schools after a crisis.
  3. to articulate examples of safety planning and crisis recovery considerations for students (and staff) with special needs.


Federal law requires that all schools create emergency operations plans to support persons with disabilities and other special needs; however, in the rush to make schools safe such considerations can be overlooked. Each special need has factors that have to be considered as part of crisis preparedness efforts. This presentation provides with participants information on school safety planning and recovery that will help them address the unique needs of persons with disabilities and specials needs.



Benjamin S. Fernandez, Loudoun County Public Schools
Stephen E. Brock, PhD, California State University, Sacramento


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