Serious disability involves others

Regarding the letter, “Drivers of disabled don’t need spot”: I am an able-bodied person whose spouse uses medical equipment 24/7. The equipment is heavy and requires regular checks to insure it is working. It requires recharging, so our time away from our home is limited.

The letter writer believes that I should stop near our destination, unload the equipment — hopefully into a covered area — leave my spouse standing in the entrance, drive to an open space, park and return to our destination. When we leave, the process has to be reversed. Locations involving stairs, inclines, parking garages etc., would present even greater hassles.

The writer doesn’t seem to understand that a serious disability involves the whole family. The disabled person often needs help far beyond just finding a close parking space. Still, a close parking space can make it a little easier regardless of who is driving.

Believe me, we miss the days when we could park anywhere and hike our way to our destination.

If the writer wants to help the disabled, please lobby businesses and government for more dedicated disabled parking spots so the disabled don’t have to compete with each other.

Francis J. Lynch

Edmonds

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