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September 24, 2008

Many disabilities invisible

Please let me enlighten the letter writer (9/17) who wonders whether everyone who parks in a handicapped space really needs it. I have neither a wheelchair nor crutches, but I have a parking permit. Without going into lengthy medical terminology, I’m legally blind and have a circulatory condition called Raynaud’s.

So next time you want to be judgmental, stop and realize that not all medical conditions require wheelchairs and crutches.

Shirley Garland
Lee’s Summit



I used to be snide about those who had the tags and didn't appear sick. Then my father had two major heart attacks. Too proud to accept the handicap plates, "I don't want people to look at me like I'm a damn cripple."

The simple fact was that the walk from the parking lot into the store, in either hot or cold weather, could have killed him.

Made walking the few extra steps to save the handicap spots seem like something to be grateful for.


The blind person is not necessarily the driver of the vehicle.


I assume that the writer's blindness is correctable to something approaching 20/20. However, I wonder what either of her conditions has to do with being able to walk from a non-reserved parking space to the store entrance. Exercise would help with her Raynaud's.


I am reminded that when the ADA act was passed banks were required to put the braille symbols on the drive up tube controls, I kid you not.


ChotoCK made the definitive comment.

My wife held me "captive" one Sunday evening and forced me to watch an episode of "Desperate Housewives" that dealt with this.


Legally blind & a parking permit...umm anyone see a problem with this? I do hope the permit is being used by someone else who is driving.

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