There may be an occasion when a student with a disability
needs immediate intervention in the classroom. The most likely examples are
seizures, diabetic shock, and heart attack. Should such a situation arise,
call Security, ext. 2226, immediately. Give the building name, room number,
and description of the emergency. Campus Police may transport the student to
the Health Center for additional treatment and observation or call other
If a heart attack is suspected, call 9-911, and
someone who knows CPR techniques should start immediately if the person is not
breathing. If a student has a seizure, do not try to restrain the person.
Call 9-911. Clear a space around the person so those hard objects do not
injure him or her. Do not try to interfere with movement in any way. Do not
try to force anything between the teeth. When the incident passes, allow the
student rest if he or she needs to.
In the event that a building must be evacuated, it is best
to ask students with disabilities how they wish to be assisted. You can offer
your arm to a blind or low-vision student to guide him or her to safety.
Turning the room lights off and on will alert a hearing-impaired student that an
alarm is sounding. Do not attempt to remove and carry a student in a wheelchair
unless there is imminent danger. If a person must be removed quickly from a
chair, the person may sit in a sturdy chair or be carried using a two-person
locked-arm position. Students using wheelchairs may not be able to access
elevators in an emergency since they often shut down. Seek out a safe area,
such as a smoke-free vestibule (they are often marked), and go for help. BE
SURE THAT IF YOU HAVE TO LEAVE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY IN A SAFE AREA ALONE,
THAT POLICE OR FIRE PERSONNEL GO BACK FOR HIM OR HER.
In any classroom, whether or
not students with disabilities are present, you should be aware of the emergency
exits, and have thought through what you need to do.