• Fire/EMS Train the Trainer this fall in New York: Monroe Co, Rockland Co, Ontario Co, Niagara Co, and Montgomery Co Learn More →

  • Project Director to be Featured Speaker at UB Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention September 23 Learn More →

  • Arkansas Council on Dev. Dis. approves funding to bring FRDAT program to state; 2nd state in nation to receive comprehensive training

  • Project Director to present at NYS 911 Coordinators Conference Sept 9 and Law Enforcement Training Directors Association of NYS Oct 1-2

  • EMS online training in production. Anticipated debut in Fall 2014.

  • NU FRDAT receives NYS DDPC 2014 Forging Pathways award at the DDPC awards luncheon in Saratoga, NY on May 29 Learn More →

  • Project Director joins International Assn. of Chiefs of Police focus group - Mental Health of Arrestees and How It Impacts Our Officers

  • 70 law enforcement agencies and 89 FDs/EMS agencies represented at Train the Trainer sessions Learn More →

  • 130,285 individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State. Are you trained on how to properly respond? Learn More →

Welcome to Niagara University's First Responder Disability Awareness Training

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People depend on first responders to assist in a variety of emergencies, whether natural disasters, physical or medical needs, service or protection. Some of those people may have some type of disability. It is imperative that first responders are prepared to assist all members of their community in order to ensure their well-being and quality of life.


The First Responder Disability Awareness Training (FRDAT) offered by Niagara University is designed to give you the knowledge necessary to best serve and respond to individuals with disabilities. Created in cooperation with all the major first responder associations, councils and state offices in New York State, the curriculum is specifically customized for each first responder discipline, providing information that is current, relevant, and easily implemented.

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Our Mission

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The current mission of FRDAT is to develop a training curriculum for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) and 911 operators that provides all first responders with the knowledge necessary to best serve and respond to individuals with disabilities.

The content of the training curriculum will be specific to first responder needs when interacting and responding to incidents, situations, and accidents that involve individuals with disabilities. Other disciplines to receive customized curriculum include probation, corrections, and security.

"Soon after the training started I realized it's very relevant to the police department and first responders. Whether a person with a disability is a victim or an offender, you need to realize why this person is responding or not responding in a certain way. Also, it's very good to know how to communicate. It's very important to know what to do and not to do, especially for the victim's sake." - Police Captain

About the Trainingcrash scene

The FRDAT curriculum offers a strong foundation in sensitivity training. It includes definitions of disabilities and the proper response to each; information on state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act; etiquette and interaction tips; person-first language and ways to overcome communication barriers; service provision and caregiver roles and responsibilities; and extensive resources. In addition, discipline-specific topics are incorporated to ensure the training meets your particular needs.


The current product is in a Train-the-Trainer format which includes a working manual complete with PowerPoint presentation with talking points, handouts on each disability and relevant topics therein, community resources, state and local websites, and a resource manual. Once a trainer completes the training, he/she becomes the point person in his/her department or agency. The FRDAT office maintains an ongoing relationship with you, providing you with the support you need to answer any question, as well as connections with local resources and individuals who can assist you in your municipality or region.

"All in all, I was very glad that I signed up for this training. I also believe that when I bring this info back to my department, and other local departments, that my EMS peers will also feel the same benefits and growth from this knowledge. I was also appreciative of all the talking points which ard included." - Certified EMS Instructor

Out of State Disclaimer

To note, all of the information on this website is applicable to first responders in New York State under the state's regulations, guidelines, and laws. However, the trainings and information can be easily adapted to other states. Please consult with your local or state laws to ensure that you are abiding by the correct regulations.

Programs offered include:

  • 2-day single-discipline Train the Trainer
  • 4-day multidiscipline Train the Trainer
  • Full day department-specific presentation
  • Other options per request

Contact us for pricing.