Handicapped parking misuse decreases independence of people with disabilities

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:52 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Would it surprise you to know that accessible parking spaces designed specifically for people with disabilities are often misused, causing added difficulties for paralyzed veterans and others with disabilities?

A survey found that 85% of Americans with disabilities struggled to find accessible parking in their communities, and over 50% decided to turn back because they couldn’t find accessible parking.

To combat the problem, Paralyzed Veterans of America is launching the Honor the Spot campaign to encourage all Americans to do their part to keep handicapped parking spaces open for people who need them to be independent.

The call to Honor the Spot comes as public spaces open up to larger capacities as pandemic restrictions ease and as PVA marks its 75th year as a voice for veterans with spinal cord conditions and all people with disabilities.

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