FREEDOM TRAINING GROUP
SPECIAL NEEDS AND MEDICAL ISSUES PROGRAMS
Every person has the right to self-defense and defense of their loved ones and this includes persons with special medical issues and needs. Disabilities come in many forms; some may be short-term, others permanent. Additionally, a person may have “disadvantages”– challenges related to physical size, strength, mobility or age. FTG makes every effort to accommodate these law-abiding citizens.
It is a well-established fact that the disabled, the mobility-challenged, and senior citizens are victimized at a much higher rate than the general population. While the best method of repelling an attacker is to never give them the opportunity in the first place, a lack of mobility may not make that possible. Therefore the options for the disabled or disadvantaged person become quite limited – a firearm may be the only device that allows them to effectively and safely defend themselves. Like the non-disabled person, use of a firearm requires training in safety, gun-handling and marksmanship. Recognizing that all self-protection strategies are not suitable for every person is a key component of any defensive strategy.
Disability or disadvantaged does not mean powerless or incapable. It means developing a realistic strategy to adapt to one’s individual limitation. FTG will make every effort to assist the person in developing a strategy and teach him/her techniques to maximize physical capabilities. The laws of physics and anatomy drive a person’s ability to perform any task, whether physically challenged or not. Many disabilities can be overcome by developing sound techniques that incorporate the limitations. However, some disabilities cannot be overcome and a person must have realistic expectations of his/her abilities.
FTG will comply with all laws in regards to training but only conducts training when it can be accomplished lawfully and safely. While most legal requirements relate to a person’s criminal history, some laws prohibit training of persons with certain disabilities (i.e., disabled by reason of a mental illness). FTG cannot and will not conduct training that is unlawful or hazardous to the trainee or others. Depending upon a person’s medical circumstance, FTG may require a physician’s written approval that the requested training can be conducted lawfully and safely or FTG may decline to conduct the training. FTG reserves the exclusive right to train, or decline to train, any person.
As each person’s circumstance is unique, please contact FTG at 502-994-3540 to discuss your situation.