Policing of disabled parking spots - have you ever been questioned?
In today's Metro is the story of Jessica Long, an American Paralympian in training, who was wrongly accused of illegitimately parking in a disabled space.
About the incident, Jessica who is a double amputee and was born with a condition called fibular hemimilia, explained:
Please note: the use of the word handicap remains common-place in America and, although not representative of Social Model of disability terminology, is how Jessica self-identifies in this account.
For more about Jessica's story, click on the link above and scroll down to watch her TikTok video.
Has this ever happened to you?Unfortunately, Jessica's story is not uncommon and reflects a greater social practice of people with 'invisible impairments' being questioned and publicly policed as they are wrongly judged to have misused disabled provisions. Thinking about this, I wondered:
- Have you ever come across discriminatory attitudes when parking in a disabled spot or using other disabled provisions?
- What do you think drives such stigmatised public views?
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