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Snowy Owl
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15 Feb 2017, 12:13 pm

In my state, disability parking accommodations are only given to people who have difficulty walking due to physical health conditions such as severe heart or lung disease, neurological disorders, and orthopedic disorders. It is not available for those with PTSD, agoraphobia, balance disorders, etc. I'm curious if there is a mental condition or a physical condition that does not involve difficulty walking that would qualify a person for parking accommodations. I've heard many people insult someone who parks in a handicap parking spot because they don't "look" handicap because they are not in a wheelchair. I know that difficulty walking is not the only thing that would affect someone's ability to park in certain places. It seems to me that some people with certain other conditions should qualify too.

Pileated woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker

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Location: Ontario, Canada

15 Feb 2017, 12:37 pm

From what I have read about my province, there is pretty much the same thing as what you said, but also things like people who need to have oxygen tanks, or people with 20/200 vision or can see less than 20 degrees, and it also states that "mobility is severely by one or more conditions or functional impairments". This could include (possibly) autism if the person has severe dyspraxia or high gross motor skills problems like walking. This person may be able to qualify, but I can't say for certain. They only would give this to people who have problems with walking because they don't want these people to walking too far. Things like PTSD, though are limiting, are not the type of people they (the government) consider to have issues with walking far distances.

The best thing to do would be to talk to your doctor to see if you qualify if this is something you think you need. It's mainly a case-by-case basis overall.

Your neurodiverse (Aspie) score: 148 of 200
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You are very likely neurodiverse (Aspie)

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Blue Jay
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Location: Los Angeles, CA (USA)

28 Dec 2021, 5:15 am

A couple years ago, I went to a general practitioners office for people on county assistance medical insurance here in Los Angeles county. In other words, a "welfare clinic", to be more blunt and honest. (Which is where I have to go, as I don't have Kaiser, or private insurance.)

I was trying to get approved for handicapped parking. I drive, and I feel one of the things that qualms and concerns and worries me about driving, is parking, and getting in and out of my vehicle, and engaging and positioning myself out of junctions and car parks and parking lots and parking spaces, in my car. etc.

I already printed out the forms on the DMV website, and had proof in writing, and in documentation, of my disabilities. etc. I have both "silent/invisible", and more blatant disabilities. In addition to being autistic, I have anxiety, and asthma, I wear glasses, since my youth, and I have vision issues as well; I'm nearsighted etc. I have coordination and panic issues, when pulling into parking lots. That is more than damn sure enough proof to quality.

The doctor I asked to sign off the handicapped parking papers, didn't want to hear any of that, and told me I'm not disabled, and the handicapped placards are only for disabled people. Well, duh. That's why I'm trying to apply for a placard, because I'm disabled etc. Smh. She was just really not caring, terrible bedside manner/patient communication. I felt this visit was a waste of time, and couldn't believe this.

I have heard of disability equal opportunity and fairness medical offices/community centers, it's not necessarily under the table, even if it were, damn it, I already tried to do it the more proper way, and that didn't work out, etc., but they have a 100% success rate of if you are disabled, and have a disability, that you will be given a placard. I will be looking into this, as I still don't have a handicapped placard, although I do believe I qualify for one.

So that's my story on this. Thank you. :)