Wheelchair Officers' Field Guide
This book will definitely lower vulnerability when it comes to dealing with people in wheelchairs. Applying and training your LEO's from this book will safeguard you and your department.
B. L. Smith, Police Training Coordinator (UT)
As a police academy ADA and restraint instructor, national lecturer, and police practices expert, this book is a must read for all first responders. I highly recommend it.
W. Ken Katsaris, former Sheriff, Leon County (FL)
Do you know how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to stopping, questioning, seizing, searching, restraining, and transporting disabled individuals, including wheelchair users? The estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States are projected to grow by 2 million yearly. The 80-plus page, illustrated text used by Institute for the Prevention of In-custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD) in its wheelchair training programs, helps you and others maximize safety, minimize injuries, and reduce personal and employer liability. Included topics are:
Section 1 reviews ADA
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Reasonable accommodations
- Summarizes select court decisions from the U.S. Supreme and federal circuits.
Section 2 defines Visible and invisible disabilities and how to recognize them
- Prosthetics and Medical appliances including how officers and others have been injured by them.
Section 3 identifies Wheelchair types, nomenclature and propulsion methods
- Causes of injuries to wheelchair users
- Navigation guidelines (e.g., ramp, curb, uneven surfaces, stairs, heat, cold, snow, ice, elevators, escalators, etc.)
- Contacting, Controlling, Restraining, and Transporting wheelchairs and their users
- Disguised, improvised, and hidden weapons.
Section 4 explains Good report writing guidelines
- Why reviewing jury force instructions is a must before writing a force report.