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Medical

Someone who has a mobility disability may have specific medical concerns—either related to their disability or not. Do not ask about a person’s medical diagnosis. Instead, provide an opportunity for the person to ask for specific accommodations. You can do this by asking if there are any accommodations they need or if there is anything you can do to help them.

  • For someone staying in a shelter, medical needs may include reliance on a caregiver or a specific bed or sling lift to transfer to and from a wheelchair.
  • People with mobility disabilities may also need some additional adaptive equipment, especially if theirs has been damaged or left behind at their previous residence.  Local loan closets can be accessed through Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) or the Department of Disabilities Aging and Independent Living (DAIL).