Elderly Disabled Woman Denied Handicapped Parking Sign
  • Petitioned Town of Winthrop MA.

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Handicapped Affairs
Town of Winthrop MA.

Elderly Disabled Woman Denied Handicapped Parking Sign

    1. katherine leach
    2. Petition by

      katherine leach

      winthrop, MA

My mother is elderly and disabled. The Town denied my application for a handicapped parking sign in front of my home. They made their decision unfairly and based it solely on the Handicapped Affairs employee's opinion. The employee asked where my mother goes and when, which is not pertinent to the need. She also said that if my mother is not the driver, she cannot have the sign. My mother is severely visually impaired and unable to drive. This is important because it may also affect the needs of others, for example, a parent of a handicapped child. If the child does not drive, the parent would be denied the right to a handicapped parking sign. This leaves the caregiver in the difficult position of getting the handicapped person into and out of their home and to their car. Elderly and disabled individuals have the right to go out where and when they please. That should not affect the decision about the need for access.

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    1. Send a message. Small town politics are unfair.

      katherine leach
      Petition Organizer

      Although Mrs. Leach has passed away, I encourage interested parties to sign the petition. I feel the Town of Winthrop needs to be sent a message. One employee should not have the power to deny people in need of services that could make their lives easier to live.

    2. Rita Leach playing piano

      katherine leach
      Petition Organizer

      Her thank you gift to you all

    3. Mrs. Leach has passed away

      katherine leach
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank all who signed this petition from the bottom of my heart. Unfortunately, my mother passed away this week. She so much wanted to go out again, but due to her failing health and physical limitations, I was unable to get her out of the house for the past few weeks. People with physical limitations need all the assistance they can receive, even from local government. It's a shame that the Town of Winthrop could not step up and do their part to help a frail, elderly lady continue to live her live to the fullest. I pray that others in her situation will not be prevented from enjoying their lives outside of their homes. Again, thanks to all of you who signed, from near and far, friends and strangers.

    4. We're up to 101 signatures and hoping for more.

      katherine leach
      Petition Organizer

      Hopefully the Town is getting the message.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. We're almost at 50 signatures!

      katherine leach
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who has signed the petition. Your support is truly appreciated. I hope to get a lot more to show the Town how important this right is.

    7. Almost 30 signatures!

      katherine leach
      Petition Organizer

      We have gotten some more signatures today from as far away as Korea! Thanks to all who have expressed interest. I hope to send a strong message to the people who run this town that elderly and disabled people have rights and should not be denied them.

    8. Reached 25 signatures
    9. We are up to 20 signatures!

      katherine leach
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to friends and some we don't know yet, from near and far, we are getting signatures together to oppose this unfair decision.

    10. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Noreen Lee FOXBORO, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Kudos to you for having a voice for your mother the treatment of the elderly in this country is sad. I wish you the best of luck.

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    • Patti Cameron READING, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      My friend who applied for this petition is a dedicated, caring and overworked daughter, who could use a little break. A handicapped sign in front of their home would make this care a little less burdensome - not that she's complaining. Why would anyone object to making this constant care a little easier?

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    • Paul O'Reilly SALEM, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      This is my aunt and I can attest that she can use every advantage to get easy access to her residence.

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    • Gerard Gibbon EAST BOLDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      It is self evident that at 92 and with the conditions described it is essential to have easy access to transport at the door both arriving home and leaving- it is also evident any driver needs to care for the person in question and escort them into and from the home and be secure that the vehicle is available and can park in an appropriate place

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    • Rachel Todd CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      This young woman is simply asking the government for a handicap sign. Saying no to a handicap sign is like saying no to life alert. It is important to take care of our senior citizens. There are people using handicap signs, and they don't even have anything wrong with them this needs to be looked into.

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