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Written by Kelley Underwood   
Saturday, 27 May 2006
I will be the first to admit that prior to my spinal stroke, I failed to understand the necessity of so many handicapped parking spaces. I remember visiting Lowe's and being astonished at the number of spots. Now I am regularly astonished that so many of the available spots at so many institutions are filled. Often we arrive in a parking lot and find that we are unable to use a van accessible spot because they are filled by vehicles that are not transporting wheelchair users, even though there are empty handicapped spots available.

I do not blame anyone for these types of problems. I think that as a whole, we generally do not realize the impact of these things. This is not out of any intentional meanness but just a failure to realize the significance or impact to wheelchair bound travelers.

If you have the proper authorization to use handicapped parking please do so at every opportunity. However, if you are not bound to a wheelchair, please do not use the "van accessible" spots unless all other spots are filled first. It is very frustrating to arrive in our van and be unable to find a "van accessible" spot but many regular handicapped spots. Getting in or out of a van in any other spot without the clearly marked extra space for the ramp and chair is risky at best and impossible if other vehicles park next to the van while you are out. For me, as a wheelchair user, this problem is as serious as illegally parking in a handicapped spot without the proper authorization.

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your help.

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