During emergencies, persons with disabilities may seek safety in general population shelters. Here are some general guidelines.

Interacting with Persons with Disabilities:

  • Many times a disability is not obvious.
  • Remember, a person with a disability is a person first.  Ask before you help. Do not assume they need help because they have a disability.
  • Be sensitive regarding personal space and physical contact.  People consider their equipment a part of their person.
  • Think before you speak.  Speak to the person, not the companion or aide.
  • Do not approach or touch a service animal without permission.

Contact Lee County's ADA Coordinator at 239-533-2111 if you have questions or need help.