Accommodations for Disabilities & Language Needs
New Hanover County is committed to ensuring all customers can participate equally in the county's programs, services, and activities, including those with limited or no English proficiency and those who are deaf or heard of hearing. The county has employees who can act as interpreters, and also utilizes a language interpretation service for 240 languages that includes video interpretation for access to sign language.
Aids & Services
In addition, upon request, the county can provide appropriate aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters for meetings, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, vision disabilities, or language needs.
The county will not place a cost or surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or language needs or any group of individuals with disabilities or language needs to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy.
Meetings & Activities
- For Board of Commissioners meeting accessibility, the requesting party should contact the Clerk to the Board
- For building access and seating or other room configuration, contact Facilities Management
- For signage, interpretation, or translation services, contact the specific department sponsoring or hosting the event as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event
The county will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all county programs, services, and activities.