For Patrice and Mark Williams – getting around in their van isn’t always easy. Their son, Tommy is in a wheelchair and the family has become very frustrated with the way folks are parking in the handicapped parking areas – specifically the yellow striped area next to handicapped parking spots. Not only does it make it difficult, it makes it dangerous. I received this message from the family, “Hello Mary, This may not be a huge news story but if you could help us get the word out about something my family and many like ours would appreciate it. We have a son on a wheel chair. His van is a side loading van. There have been many times we come out of the store to find people parked on the yellow striped area of the handicapped parking area. This forces us to leave our son unattended to move the van out into the roadway to load him. This happened two days in a row last week.”
That’s right. They have to leave Tommy unattended while they move the van in order to load him in. Sometimes for another car and sometimes it’s to remove a shopping cart, “Many times I am forced to run carts back to the store or nearby corral so that we can either load or unload our son.”
Sadly, some families have been forced to take very drastic and expensive measures to prevent this problem, “We know a few families who have actually bought rear entry vans because of this problem.”
Patrice sent pictures from the Wal-Mart in Lockport, but say this problem isn’t only specific to that store or location. It’s easy to just pull up there, or leave a cart there without thinking twice, but realizing what it means for others might just make a difference. The Williams family sure hopes so.