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"Understand disability before bullying people" - Globe reader
2:51pm Tuesday 3rd July 2012 in Letters
IN response to the 'Name and Address Supplied' on June 20.
In reply to your raging rant against disabled, vulnerable people - I am living with a rare, debilitating, terminal, incurable illness that is often fatal for its young sufferers so you can imagine how grateful I am to be here and writing this to you.
When your disgusting letter was read aloud to me, I was deeply saddened that archaic attitudes like yours still exist in 2012.
I use a wheelchair.
DLA does not help in any way to cover the costs of eye care, dental care, education, medication fees, mobility aids (that I require to get to my ‘free parking space' that in your opinion I should not have), bills, or any other costs that certain other benefit claimants are entitles to apply for.
So yes, where there are bills to be paid and above mentioned costs of day-to-day survival, then yes that little free car parking space is one less stress to worry about.
I would like to point out that not all car parks are free!
This week, I was in hospital and paid by the hour. Another time, on a rare day out, I took my elderly grandmother for lunch to Mersey Ferries, Woodside.
We paid there again by the hour.
Many other venues charge disabled people too, you will be glad to know.
As for you 'panicking and rushing for fear of a fine,' I would love to be able to rush anywhere but due to being confined to a metal chair, which although gives me independence, also gives me negative feedback from people like you.
Finally, I suggest you try being disabled, with a limited life expectancy, poor health that is rapidly deteriorating so much that although seeing friends and family exhausts you, you treasure each moment.
Don't bully those you think have no voice.
Disabled person who loves life, Prenton