DISABILITIES: Seeing not always believing
It’s my understanding that a disabled veteran who works in the Kootenai County Veterans Service Office recently had his car “keyed” because someone felt he did not look disabled enough to be eligible for handicap parking.
In my 18 years of affiliation with the Disabled American Veterans, I have learned that most disabilities are not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, when it comes to handicap parking, the only thing to be concerned about is whether the car has a license plate or handicap tag which makes it legal to park in a handicap parking space.
I would also like to make this suggestion to folks who are allowed to use handicap parking spaces: Please do so! Otherwise, you will use a regular space that’s meant for those of us who cannot park there. If you do not use a handicap parking space, then we have to park even farther away because you’re in our space.