Here are a few online classes that might be useful to you.  All are on TrainPA except the first, a new class from FEMA.  None should take you more than a couple hours and are fairly introductory.  If you receive a certificate that's great and we'd love it if you'd upload it to your Galaxy file, but they're not required!  So, you can take that FEMA class without sweating the exam.  

IS-368.A: Including People With Disabilities in Disaster Operations

New Course!  2 hours, online only

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness and understanding of the need for full inclusion of disaster survivors and FEMA staff who are people with disabilities. It is designed for all personnel involved in disaster operations. It provides an introductory overview of information and strategies to include people with disabilities during mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. It also explains the importance of disability equity and inclusion and provides guidance to FEMA staff on how they can ensure physical, program, and communication access to the whole community.

Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) in General Population Shelters

Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours, online only

After completing this course, you should be able to:
1. Describe the concept of Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) in General Population Shelters;
2. Select key considerations in shelter setup;
3. Recognize key considerations in planning for shelter operations;
4. Identify key considerations in planning for transition and recovery; and
5. Locate helpful resources for planning the shelter setup, operation, and transition and recovery.

HHS/ASPR: Access and Functional Needs

1.5 hours, online only; basic

The HHS/ASPR Access and Functional Needs (AFN) web-based training defines the concept and requirements for addressing the AFN of at-risk individuals, and provides tools and resources to help you address the AFN of at-risk individuals in your community during disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities.

Functional and Access Needs: Preparedness and Recovery Issues

1.5 hours, online only

Individuals with disabilities or functional needs may have additional needs before, during, and after a disaster. This training has been designed to familiarize the public health workforce professional with the differential needs of this population and how to develop strategies for a more effective response during a disaster. The course should take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this eLearning course, learners will be able to:

  • identify the demographic characteristics of people with disabilities and/or functional or access needs;
  • summarize the legal mandates and statutes that protect the rights of this population during disasters;
  • increase your knowledge of the differential effects of disasters on this population;
  • describe considerations in providing equitable health services; and
  • develop strategies for building collaborative partnerships with the disability community that will facilitate effective response in a disaster.


Search TrainPA for courses on your own that you might be interested in – for example, if you’d like to know more about autism/ASD, typing in that keyword should lead you to some resources.  There should be tags to let you know whether the course is beginner, intermediate, or advanced, and how long it lasts.  This will give you an idea whether it’s appropriate for your interest and knowledge level.

Please note you’ll usually need to complete an exam to receive course credit.  If you do so, please upload them into your Galaxy profile under “My Files”.  If you want to take the course without credit, that’s fine too!