Being diagnosed chronic illness is a life changing experience and many times it’s something you are born with or developed. Handicapped parking has always been a touchy subject because many times people with chronic illnesses can look as normal as the next person, but they could still be in a lot of pain, making their disability invisible to others.
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What people have to remember is that handicapped parking is not a perk for having a chronic illness–it’s a necessity for many people living with pain or a disability. There are many people that don’t even apply for a handicapped tag because they have invisible disabilities and they fear being mistaken for someone that is abusing the handicapped privileges.
There have been reports about people abusing handicapped parking and there are even Facebook pages dedicated to harrassing people and videos on YouTube of such incidents. It’s really a big issue in our country because strangers often bully people and even vandalize their cars when they don’t see that they have a physical disability.