Disabled people know only too well how hard our lives are on a day-to-day basis. This is before we even leave our own homes. So, is it any wonder we fight for changes that will improve our daily living? Things like:
- Blue Badge Parking
- Plastic Straws
- Changing Places
The list truly is endless of the battles we face every single day of our lives.
All of these things help us be as independent as possible and live as best we can, but…………I have read some disabled people’s comments on social media that have me thinking are we becoming an expectant lot of people?
Example 1: A woman was moaning about not being able to use a discount voucher she received for her birthday, as she was already in receipt of a company/venue discount due to being disabled.
So she was expecting to be discounted twice??? Was it really unfair of the company/venue to decline her birthday discount? Turn the tables around……Is it unfair she gets a permanent discount where other users do not??
Unfortunately, I can’t remember the company/venue and no more information was given regarding the circumstances.
Example 2: Another disabled person was moaning at the fact that they had to pay in a car park even though they had a blue badge.
According to The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England, found on the Gov.uk website:
A Blue Badge will help you to park close to your destination, either as a passenger or driver.
The badge is intended for on-street parking only.
Off-street car parks, such as those provided by shopping centres, hospitals or supermarkets are covered by separate rules.
These separate rules say:
Off-street car parks (such as supermarket, hospital or local council car parks)
Off-street car park operators should provide parking spaces for disabled people. However, it is up to the car park owner to decide whether badge holders can park free of charge.
Do not assume you can always park for free.
- The blue badge is not a permit for FREE parking everywhere and automatically!!
- If one reads the information supplied, one would not look like a tit complaining about something that is not a given right!!!
Yes, I am fully aware of how expensive life as a disabled person is and yes, of course, every bit of help is gratefully received but…….I can’t help feeling that some, not all, disabled people want the sun, moon AND stars!!