Accessible Parking: Wheelchair Not Required

 In #zerobarriers, Why is this still a thing Wednesday
An accessible parking sign.

There are many invisible disabilities out there. Don’t be so quick to judge. Photo credit: Freedom Resource Center

So there are some pretty upset people out there.  One should not have to  feel guilty about using their accessible parking permit.  Unfortunately, there are people who assume that everyone who uses one should be in a wheelchair and shame people who are not.  There are always a few people that may abuse this, but please know that just because you can’t see their disability, does not mean that they do not need to use the accessible parking. The following information was taken from Insurance Zebra Inc. You can find the entire article here. There are plenty of reasons someone might qualify for a handicap tag, and they often face harassment for their invisible disability. These might include:

  • Brain injuries and tumors
  • Heart and lung conditions
  • Back injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Seizure disorders
  • Organ transplants
  • Hidden prosthetics
  • Recent surgery
  • Cancer treatment
  • Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Short-term memory loss

The Mighty covered this recently as well and I will share their take here.  Unfortunately passing judgment is still a thing. If you have any questions regarding parking permits in North Dakota here is a link with requirements and stipulations. If you are in Minnesota click here. Also, if you or someone that you know has an invisible disability check out Invisibledisabilities.org

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