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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