Emergency Communication Aids

Communicating with People with Disabilities Emergency Communication Aids Dr. Diane Nelson Bryen and Rachel Ravitch at Temple University have developed two very helpful aids for emergency communication with people with disabilities. These tools are designed for use by people with complex communication needs (little or no speech) or by people who do not speak English. One tool is a picture communication aid that is used by pointing to a symbol that represents a service or need. The other tool is a letter/word communication aid that can be used by a person to spell out words. Both have a reverse side for vital information about the individual with the disability, and both are available in English and Spanish.  These attractive color tools are available free from the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University site at These tools should be part of all AT reuse program emergency kits.


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This work is supported under a five-year cooperative agreement # H235V060016 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and is administered by the Pass It On Center of the Georgia Department of Labor – Tools for Life.  However, the contents of this publication do not necessarily represent the policy or opinions of the Department of Education, or the Georgia Department of Labor, and you should not assume endorsements of this document by the Federal government or the Georgia Department of Labor.











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Title: Emergency Communication Aids
Module: Emergency Mgmt
Author: Trish Redmon
Audience: Implementer
Sub Title: Aids for People with Disabilities
Procedure: Communicating with people with disabilities
Organization Source: Pass It On Center
Last Reviewed: 04-25-2010 2:40 PM