Accommodation and Law Training for First Responders

Initiative Description

The CNMI Assistive Technology Program in collaboration with the CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities, CNMI-University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc. partnered on an initiative to provide training to CNMI First Responders for the next five years per the CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities five-year state plan 2022-2026. The training objective is to provide an overview of different disability types and accommodations that may be necessary, as well as an overview of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 as it relates to first responders.  In addition, effective communication tools and strategies will be covered. The total number of hours for this training is 8 hours. A certificate of participation will be provided to those individuals who have completed the training. Partners provided funding and/or staff support the following: training, cost-share for venue rental, printing of training materials, and staff support. 

Lessons Learned/Replication

Measurable results were evident in the pre and post-tests conducted during the trainings.  This allowed for the expansion of access and reach of and to Assistive Technology available in the CNMI, with the various agencies involved in the trainings. The initiative is an ongoing process that is also a significant part of the CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities Five-Year State Plan. A part of this initiative contains ongoing evaluation plans that will be modified/adjusted based on feedback and data collected.

Year of Implementation



Northern Marianas

Initiative contact information

Pam Sablan