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Student Harassed For Parking In Handicap Spot, Despite Her Legitimate Health Problem

A college student in Kentucky was harassed by a stranger because she was spotted parking in a spot reserved for disabled people. Despite the fact that she had the appropriate placard, someone decided it was a good idea to plaster the woman's car with papers shaming her for being able to walk. The student wants people to remember that not all disabilities are visible.

Shaming people for parking in the handicap spot has become a common sport for some. Unfortunately, holier-than-thou people who are quick to lash out at someone with two good legs forget that there are other kinds of disabilities. Just because someone isn't in a wheelchair doesn't mean they're healthy. Some people have (barely) working legs, or lung or heart diseases that make it hard to walk more than a few steps at a time.

Lexi Baskin can testify that not everyone who walks out of their car is faking a disability. The student is battling brain cancer and got her disabled parking placard because she's weak from radiation treatment.

"The whole school has a lunch break from 12 to 1, so instead of taking my lunch, I go over to there, get treatment, and come back and then go back to class," she said to Lex 18 News.

Some of the side effects of the radiation include dizziness and fatigue. Her doctor issued her the placard to help make the commute to school easier so that she can continue to pursue her goal of becoming a pharmacist.

Baskin says she got out of her car one day and walked into the University of Kentucky campus to meet with a professor. She later came out to find her car plastered with signs.

"Most of them said 'shame on you,'" Baskin told Fox News.

"The University of Kentucky and Transportation Services deeply regret that a student was subjected to this as there are many reasons an individual may have an ADA accessible permit that may not be readily observable," said the university in a statement. "It's important to be clear: this unfortunate action was that of a rogue individual unaffiliated with Transportation Services of our police department.... This situation has been referred to UK Police for follow up. Moreover, our Disability Resource Center has reached out to the student to determine how we can help."

A lot of people with what are called 'invisible disabilities' say they've been shamed in the past because someone assumed that no wheelchair, motorized vehicle or walking aids meant they were committing fraud. While there are some unscrupulous individuals who will borrow their disabled grandmother’s car to shop and park in the handicapped spot even though they’re not supposed to, you can’t tell by seeing someone walk if they’re abusing the system or actually suffering from an invisible disability.

Baskin is hoping the person responsible for the signs will see the story on the news, and hopes it will open their eyes to the fact that disabilities take many forms. "Just because you can't physically acknowledge something going on within someone does not mean it's not happening," Baskin said.

Source: NY Daily News
Photo: YouTube, Lexi Baskin/Twitter

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