A few days ago in a parking lot in Lisbon wheelchair users and volunteers occupied all the available Non-Handicap spaces to make a point to able-bodied motorists what it is like to have “their” parking places unavailable to them.
On every wheelchair various notes were left like: "be right back", "it only takes a moment", "I’m get something here", etc.
Reblogged this yesterday from a different source, but I think this photograph is more powerful.
I love this so much I’ll reblog it a million times!
Rebloging this because I take care of my father who is paralyzed and can not move on his own with out the aid of his power chair. Van parking places are so vital for him to reach certain places around town without having to drive in to traffic or other areas that are not wheelchair/power chair friendly. If a person and their passenger are able to both move without the aid of a walker or wheel chair than I do not want to see them in a Handicap spot. There are more people in wheelchairs and power-chairs than people think. They just can’t get out as much because of assholes that take up their reserved parking spots. So please don’t be a lazy dick…walk the extra 15 feet if you need to get in to that restaurant/theater/store your not the only person in the world that wants to go there.
I’m adding this post in for the person who had commented a short while ago before removing their statement.
I’m going to guess you’ve never had to park a side loading ramp-van with needed clearance space of 8 feet for the ramp to be used for the loading and unloading of the wheel chair user safely in a parking spot that only gives you 2 to 3 feet on of room on either side. We often have to stop traffic flow in parking lots and city streets to unload my dad from the Van when all the handicap spots are taken…..you think that’s okay or even safe for him?!
And to make my point clear hun, I was referring to the jerks that abuse the VAN parking or spots clearly posted for ramp veicals only! Not every person with a parking pass is a honest person or even has a disabled passenger with them. So no I am not passing judgement on everyone…just the jerks I see that park in these spots that think its okay because they didn’t see anyone else taking the spot. You would be surprised to know a lot of people will use their grannies parking pass just so they can park closer to that cute little shop on the strip.
Its a messed up world out there and the people getting screwed over the most are the ones that need the most help. So don’t you dare think I’m being a dick because I think some people should not be jerks if they are able to walk. If you have a disability making it harder for you to move by all means use the parking spot, but just be mindful about what the spot is used for. If it is a plan handicap spot go for it but if it’s for ramp-vans please think about the ones that it is meant for. Ramp-van parking is meant to safely unload and load the wheelchair passenger without stopping traffic flow or putting them in danger. So please understand this not all handicap parking spots are the same or meant to be used in the same fashion.
An I only say all this because I love my father and I do my best to keep him safe when hes out of the house and wheeling around town with me and the rest of our family. Without these Van parking spots he has no freedom to go to the places he use to go before he was injured. It may not seem like it means a lot but getting out of this house and spending time with me and my mom or even just going to his old store gives him something to live for. And if his freedom of accessing places normal people can get too is cut off than whats the point of him leaving the house or even his bed? I’m not trying to be a dick….but handicap people need to be given as much freedom to get around as the rest of us. They need these safe parking spots so they can enjoy time with their family’s and friend’s or to just get out of the house to run earns. Able bodied people don’t know what it’s like till they have lost that freedom of movement they don’t know how much it can kill a person inside or the ones that love them. So no I do not think I’m wrong in thinking that if a person and their passenger are both able to walk they should, they should enjoy that freedom because they may lose it for real someday.