IEPs & Active Shooter Training
It is IMPERATIVE that all schools develop a plan that takes into account children with disabilities.
This plan should include students who use a wheelchair, students with hearing impairments, students with sensory processing issues, students with autism, and students with intellectual disabilities.
Most importantly, it needs to be practiced several times a year. Local law enforcement teams must also be trained & familiar in how to deal with special needs students.
Run, Fight, or Hide Quietly is not always an option.
"For students with disabilities who may not be able to run, employment of the “hide” aspect of the “run, hide, fight” strategy often calls for waiting in areas such as libraries, bathrooms, and classrooms for response personnel to assist them — even if these areas aren’t very accessible or safe."
Holden Kasky is a Stoneman Douglas High School student who has autism. He and his father are raising awareness about how shootings affect kids like him.
"In the two weeks since the deadly mass school shooting, I can’t get these questions out of my head. My son, who is 6, hasn’t seen the news of the shooting and probably would not be able to process it, anyway. He’s an intelligent and literal child who needs tangible, visual evidence to understand how the world works — or doesn’t."
"I am struggling with how to prepare my kindergartner and his 3-year-old brother, who is also autistic and in preschool, for any number of emergency scenarios that could happen at school, including an active shooter."