CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A new program for community members with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's, Alzheimer's Disease, or similar disorders.
It's called the 'Handle with Care' program.
A decal will alert deputies to the possible presence of someone with a communication disability either inside a home or vehicle.
“This program, along with our hearing-impaired program, will assist deputies in providing professional service and provide prior knowledge of potential communication barriers,” says Sheriff Bill Prummell.
Tammy Wilkie, senior programs coordinator with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s says the community asked for more inclusivity and this is how they responded making the process simple for everyone.
"Just asking, there’s no Doctors notes, there’s nothing that you have to show. Just say, ‘I need a little help and we’ll say ok, here’s your sticker.'
Anyone interested in the free Handle with Care program can pick up a decal at one of several district offices.
Englewood District 1 Office
11051 Willmington Boulevard
Englewood, Florida 34224
District 2 Office
992 Tamiami Trail Suite A
Port Charlotte, Florida 33948
District 3 Office
3110 Loveland Blvd.
Port Charlotte, Florida 33980
District 4 Office
7474 Utilities Road
Punta Gorda, Florida 33982
(941) 639-2101 (business)