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ID
9-509-1284
Name
Access and Functional Needs Advisor (NQS)
Status
Published
Updated
11/7/2019 4:00:01 PM
Released
11/10/2017
Resource Category
Mass Care Services
Primary Core Capability
Mass Care Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Advisor supports and assists incident management personnel on matters related to people with disabilities and AFN
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
 
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1The AFN Advisor: 1. Supports and assists state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies’ incident management personnel on issues related to people with disabilities and AFN 2. Advises incident leadership on physical access, effective communication access, and programmatic access 3. Coordinates with subject matter experts, Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), voluntary agencies, community groups, and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO) and recommends equal access and reasonable modifications 4. Assists responders who are identifying and coordinating subject matter experts to help with resources and services, including accessible transportation resources, recovery assistance, search and rescue, public health, emergency messaging, emergency sheltering, feeding, and accessible evacuation operations 5. Ensures facilities and services meet all accessibility requirements
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator Training Certification Program and other relevant coursework related to providing engagement, assistance, and community service coordination and disability accommodations for people with accessibility needs is preferable.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. E/L0197: Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning 5. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Familiarity with relevant guidance and legislation, such as: a. FEMA Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters b. ADA c. Department of Justice guidance, such as the ADA Checklist for Emergency Shelters and the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments d. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 e. Fair Housing Act of 1968 Experience: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Access and Functional Needs Advisor, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Experience in a leadership role providing advocacy and community inclusion engagement assistance and support to individuals with disabilities and others with AFN
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Light
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every five years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Requestor may specify any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and needs
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Access and Functional Needs Advisor, latest edition adopted
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
FEMA, Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters, November 2010
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Checklist for Emergency Shelters, July 2007
U.S. DOJ, Guidance on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, September 2010
U.S. DOJ, ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments, December 2006
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Rehabilitation Act, 1973
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), Fair Housing Act, 1968