FBI Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen shakes hands with David Whalen, project director of Niagara University's First Responders Disability Awareness Training program.

The Niagara University First Responders Disability Awareness Training program held a seminar Dec. 10 for special agents affiliated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Buffalo office.

It is believed to be the first time that a session on disability awareness training has been presented during the local bureau’s all-employee annual conference.

FRDAT project director David V. Whalen facilitated the training, which was developed by Niagara University. It is the only program in the nation that provides fully comprehensive training for first responders on how to respond to emergencies involving individuals with disabilities, including mental health issues.

Established in 2010, the program received the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council 2014 Forging Pathways Award.

For more information on Niagara University’s First Responders Disability Awareness Training program, call 716.286.7355 or visit frdat.niagara.edu.

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