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PUBLIC SAFETY DISABILITY SPECIALIST™

Has your governmental entity trained you or other employees about?
  • the legal definition of a service animal;
  • what questions can be asked of people using service animals;
  • how to legally confront disabled individuals;
  • how to search a person wearing a medical appliance;
  • how to search a person wearing a prosthetic arm, leg, or who is using a wheelchair;
  • how to transport disabled individuals and/or their service animal or wheelchair;
  • how to make reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals; and
  • when gender dysphoria (transsexual and transgender) is considered a disability;
As an IPICD Public Safety Disability Specialist™ (PSDS), you will not only be able to answer these questions, but also will be qualified to teach others the answers to these and many more disability-related questions to avoid or minimize potential liability. In 2010, one in five people in the United States had a disability (56.7 million individuals), and that number is rapidly growing. Many people in a state of excited delirium or Agitated Chaotic Events™ (ACE) are also disabled!

Because sudden death or serious injury outcomes are frequently associated with disabled individuals, IPICD instructional designers developed this contemporary, cutting-edge, and competency-based Specialist certification so public safety agencies and their employees (e.g., police, jails, fire, EMS) can avoid and/or minimize liability when confronting disabled individuals. Evidence shows an increase in Plaintiff’s including Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) “failure to train” claims in their civil rights complaints where an arrest, incarceration, or other activity resulted in a death or serious injury to a disabled person who was under the care, custody, and/or control of the governmental entity and its public safety employees.

Every public safety agency should have at least one Public Safety Disability Specialist™. Legally, a public entity with 50 or more employees is required to designate at least one qualified employee to coordinate ADA compliance. Many entities do have ADA Coordinators, but their training did not focus on Title II of the ADA and how public safety personnel can make reasonable accommodations when dealing with disabled individuals (e.g., use of restraints, gender dysphoria, wearing medical appliances and/or prosthetics, severe mental illness, etc.). Unlike the ADA Coordinator who must understand counter height, slope of ramps, architectural design, etc. per the ADA, the PSDS focuses exclusively on public safety issues, and enables graduates to educate police, correctional, fire, EMS, and other public safety learners on how to legally and safely contact disabled individuals covered by ADA, make reasonable accommodations, and much more.

Two primary benefits of having an IPICD PSDS:
  • Public and fellow employees have a person to contact with their ADA questions or complaints; and
  • In-house instruction can be given about disability issues, including making reasonable accommodations.
The IPICD PSDS certification is the first step toward earning the IPICD Public Safety Disability Coordinator certification.