Disability Awareness Training for First Responders

December 6-7, 2023 8:00am - 5:00pm

Priority Response and Prevention, by Dr. Olga Vega

Certification will be provided to all who successfully complete the training. Topics included but not limited to:

  • Various disabilities and their symptoms
  • First interactions with the disabled
  • Guidance on first responders/individuals with disabilities interactions
  • Experiential learning
  • Organizational learning

Pricing Per Participant

In-Person: $259
Online: $195

Note: In-person training is limited and is first come, first serve.


Carolina University
420 S. Broad St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


December 6-7, 2023
8:00am - 5:00pm

About the Presenter

Dr. Vega is a criminologist, published scholar, and a professor of criminology, criminal justice, and sociology. She is an expert in disability related matters with regard to law enforcement and officers’ interactions with the disabled. Dr. Vega has a broad understanding of the many disadvantages that persons with disabilities face daily as well as the many advantages and opportunities available to the first responders. Dr. Vega is the first scholar in North Carolina to create a university class titled “Disability Awareness in Law Enforcement” which is based on her original study on the subject of disability related victimization and officers’ self-confidence in their interactions with the disabled. As a creator and instructor of “Disability Awareness Training for First Responders: Priority Response and Prevention”, Dr. Vega aims to broaden first responders’ knowledge on the importance of their role in various interactions with persons with disabilities and provide guidance on proper accommodations and procedures that will facilitate their interactions and increase their preparedness.

Contact Dr. Olga Vega for more information at vegao@carolinau.edu or 305-922-5332