A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
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I. King Jordan Student Academic Center (JSAC), Room 1242
(202) 250-2612 (videophone)(202) 448-7065 (voice)(202) 651-5887 (fax)
Using Campus Emergency Evacuation Chairs: The OSWD section of the Gallaudet website has a 14-minute, closed captioned video, produced by Garaventa, that explains the use of their "Evacu-Trac" emergency evacuation chairs.
People who are Mobility Challenged and use a wheelchair: When the alarm is activated, people using wheelchairs should either "Stay in Place" or "move to a safe place" and wait for assistance from the Floor Captain, a member of the DC Fire Department, or other trained emergency personnel.
Emergency personnel are trained to go to Areas of Refuge to assist people with disabilities. If the person with a disability is alone, s/he should contact the Department of Public Safety, x5444 (TTY) or x5555 (Voice/Videophone), page: <DPS.Office@Gallaudet.edu> or call 911. The person should give a current location or Area of Refuge to which s/he is going. Elevators are to be used only if authorized by emergency personnel, but may never be used in the event of fire or structural damage.
People who have Mobility Challenges and do not use a wheelchair: People with mobility challenges who are able to walk independently may be able to negotiate stairs in an emergency with minor assistance. In an actual evacuation, these individuals may choose to wait until heavy traffic has cleared before attempting the stairs. If there is no imminent danger, the person with a disability may choose to stay in the building or move to an Area of Refuge until emergency personnel arrive. Elevators are to be used only if authorized by emergency personnel, but may never be used in the event of fire or structural damage.
People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Most areas and rooms in University buildings are equipped with fire bells and strobe lights that simultaneously sound an alarm (auditory) and flash strobe lights (visual). Although this system is intended to alert deaf and hard of hearing individuals, they may not notice or hear emergency alarms and may need to be alerted to emergency situations.
People who are Deaf Blind or have Low Vision: People who are deaf blind or have low vision will need to be alerted to emergency situations. People who are deaf blind or have low vision may be familiar with their immediate surroundings and frequently traveled routes. Nonetheless, since the emergency evacuation route might be different from commonly traveled routes, people who are deaf blind or have low vision should be assisted to exit the building.
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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