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Access and Functional Needs Information for First Responders


This tool is a mobile website and free app designed for first responders, and other helping professions. AFN-Tips provides essential, detailed instructions and resources on interacting with and assisting people with disabilities or other access and functional needs, enhancing effective communication and service.

AFN-Tips contains a rich resource of information in the areas of autism, blindness or visual impairments, chemical sensitivities, childbearing and newborns, cognitive disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, seizure disorders, mobility impairments, mental illness, service animals and seniors; and includes descriptions, instructions, and real life applications.  

In addition, AFN-Tips includes supplemental resource information and acronyms lists.  The information is universal and although the resource lists are geographically specific, adaptations can be made to meet the needs of any community.

AFN-Tips app is available for IOS and android smartphones, and tablets.  

In Hawaii, self-advocate trainers are introducing this new tool to first responders and others, encouraging them to put it on their devices and answering questions.

Accessibility: This website is generally screen reader accessible, although navigation may be confusing.

Primary Toolkit:

EQUIPh Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Health and Disability Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Disability, Mental Health, Natural Disaster, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii





Five most recent user comments

5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Great app
By Anonymous
I think this could be very helpful.

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