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02-04-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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Anybody claim this perk yet?

I did some research and found that it is possible to get a handicap placard for your vehicle. Has anyone done this yet? I'm considering it. I figure why not. sometimes you need to get that much closer to the bathroom.
02-04-2008, 02:26 PM   #2
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I had a card for 6 months when I was unable to walk long distances after a months stay in the hospital. It was a lifesaver for the bathroom many times. Truthfully speaking I would park in a handicap spot today if I was desperate enough, card or not!
02-04-2008, 09:39 PM   #3
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I did a quick look for that in Ontario, Canada but it is not listed as a qualifying issue.
I'd rather leave the handicapped spots to people who really have difficulty getting around.
02-05-2008, 09:48 AM   #4
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My thoughts... It's a personal call... some dont' feel comfortable self indentifying with a particular issue, health problem, handicap, what have you. Or may be too proud, stubborn, whatever, to 'give in' another inch to this disease. Think I fall into this latter category. Having said that, if none of the above deter you from seeking special parking or other privileges, AND it's available/legal where you call home, AND your doctor ascertains you qualify, then my advice is go for it. Now, some may think/feel that only those who really need it should apply/get this privilege. But, obviously, your doctor must consider that your condition does merit it... and he/she is the professional. The thought that these SHOULD only go to those who absolutely need it has merit, but I've witnessed a number of sham/scam artists who've been given benefits like this, tho my investigation often demonstrated they clearly didn't deserve it.

so, fact of the matter is a lot of people do exploit it.. your condition may very well be exceedingly more legitimate a use of these 'special' privileges than any number of others... That's why I think you have to make the initial call yourself, then with the backing of a 'legitimate ' issue and an 'ethical' medical practioner, leave the worry of who should/shouldn't get these privileges; and whether theres enuff to go around, in the hands of the professionals. Once you've done that, there is no 'good' reason to question yourself about it, or to let anyone on the outside 'second guess' your decision. Like, do we hold a contest on here to see who has the worst case of IBD, or the best? We aren't that judgemental of others, why do we treat ourselves that way? Shouldn't we be on our side?
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02-05-2008, 02:24 PM   #5
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TheLazy1 said:
I did a quick look for that in Ontario, Canada but it is not listed as a qualifying issue.
I'd rather leave the handicapped spots to people who really have difficulty getting around.

So are you saying that us Canadians cant get this previlage ?
I was out and about yesterday and had to use the bathroom twice,had to stop right in front of the mall,needless to say that i just mad it.There have been many of times that I have not made it to the washroom.Now I take the necessities with me all the time.I am just one of these people that have to go right away or else!!
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