Dexter has had a disabled parking permit since he was three. We are very grateful for this. With his wheelchair, there is always a ramp up gutters and we are closer to doorways.
One other reason we are grateful for the disabled parking permit, is the wider parking spaces. While we are still lifting Dexter from the car, having additional width is important. If we were in regular car spaces, we would not have the room to lift and carry Dexter from the car.
Some vans with wheelchair modifications have side facing doors, with extendable ramps. They need the extra width.
Some people with cerebral palsy are not in wheelchairs, but walking can be difficult for them. Having a parking place close to the entrance is important for them, too.
**Imagine walking on your toes to the shop entrance, from a car park towards the back, then walking around the shops and returning to your car... all while waling on tiptoes.
So, today's challenge - when you are out and about, look for the disabled parking places.
Are they close to the entrances?
Do they have ramps up the gutters?
Are there enough of them?
Are they all occupied?
Would there be enough room for a side access wheelchair van?
**Remember, some people have disabilities that cannot be seen.
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Dexter's Cerebral Palsy
Who is Dexter?
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