By sustepp Latest Reply 2012-02-28 09:28:23 -0600
Started 2012-01-28 16:47:26 -0600

Are we qualified for Disable Parking?

20 replies

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-27 16:15:23 -0600 Report

Just having diabetes, no. Having certain complications from it may qualify you, but you need to have a dr fill out the form.

Tess K.
Tess K. 2012-02-01 11:05:35 -0600 Report

Ohio also requires the doctor letter to get the handicapped parking permit. It is up to the discretion of the doctor as to for how long he recommends the permit. I had a parking permit right after knee replacement but it was only good for 2 years. (per the doctor)

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-29 16:37:04 -0600 Report

I believe all states would require medical documentation from your Doctor, other wise all the low life's would have one. I myself have one because of my knee's but would gladly give it up to be able to walk from the back of the parking lot!

watson4042 2012-01-29 14:03:45 -0600 Report

no for california also. you'd have to have a form completed by your doctor which states what disability you have, and diabetes isn't a qualifing one on it's own. i have handicap plates due to my copd and heart conditions. lets hope you don't have to go there as someone already said, the exercise is good for us all.

runthe 2012-01-29 11:40:53 -0600 Report

In Illinois it is a NO. I have one because I have RA, Fibro, Neuropathy and sometimes have to use a cane or is unable to walk far. My dr had to sign for me.

GabbyPA 2012-01-29 02:25:59 -0600 Report

In Florida, you have to have a doctor's letter or prescription to show the DMV that you require a placard. Generally, as others have stated, unless you have debilitating complications from your diabetes, I would say no.

Let me explain a little more, because my husband is in a wheel chair. People who need that extra room to get out of the car without banging into the car next to them is important. He doesn't require the close distance to his destination, even though he is in a manual wheel chair, but the space allowance in and out of the car and access to a ramp is important. So it does tend to tick him off when he sees an unimpaired (on the outside) person using a space he needs. I always remind him that not all issues show on the outside like his does, but sometimes they are wasted words.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-27 16:09:12 -0600 Report

Since he doesn't need the close distance like some of us who's issues he can't see, why doesn't he get let out in front of the place he is visiting and let the other person park the car?

GabbyPA 2012-02-28 09:28:23 -0600 Report

There is not always some one else with him. He does drive and can do for himself on occasion. He requires the larger spots so he can get in and out of the car without banging the other cars. There are a lot of times we park far out in the parking lot. Stopping in front and unloading the wheelchair and him is not always a good choice either. It takes time and can be a problem in a busy parking lot.

We do our best to be considerate to others who have needs. He just asks the same of those who don't need the spots or have a reason to park there.

jimdimler 2012-01-31 08:07:28 -0600 Report

Ditto in Maryland. Diabetes by itself does not qualify for tags or placards, but complications from it could qualify if your doctor certifies on a medical form provided by DMV. I really have come to appreciate the handicapped tags and placards. I myself do not qualify, but I've had 2 placards. One was for my wife when she had ALS and I provided her transportation. The other one I still have to use when I transport my son. He has a rare neurological disease variation which has immobilized him. I have a placard which allows me to park in handicapped spaces when I am transporting him. I really learned to appreciate the importance of these tags and placards when transporting handicapped persons.
I work part time for the Washington Redskins games in the parking area. The county police have started stopping cars attempting to park in the areas reserved for handicapped. They check to ensure the person who the tags were issued for is in the car either as driver or passenger. If no card is present or the passenger/driver without a card doesn't show a visible disability, they turn them away. I've even seen them confiscate some placards from some non-qualifying drivers. At least there, only qualifying people can use the handicapped areas.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-31 08:54:39 -0600 Report

It states right on mine that if it used by anybody but the holder the person using it is liable for a fine and the placard will be revoked(Vermont).

dIDYMUS 2012-01-30 00:59:44 -0600 Report

I have a Handicapped sign. It is not for me, but I need to drive my 101 year old mother to the Dr. Sometimes if she has a procedure or something, I go outside and read or do some paperwork in my car. I am sure that I get "looks" but I only use it for her. She has a paper that I can show if I should get asked about why I am parked in a Handicap parking space. I would never use it for my convenience to get closer or a parking place. Unfortunately, I know people who do. I had a temporary one once when I was on crutches. It was close to Christmas, and I had to wait for 2 hours for motorized cart, and low and behold one comes driving up and the person got out of it, took their packages and walked out of the store. So I have a lot of empathy for those who need a sticker.

jayabee52 2012-01-31 02:35:52 -0600 Report

don't be too hard on those who SEEM able bodied enough to walk from the cart to the car, Bett.

I do that, because I become exhausted when walking around the store. I have kidney troubles which reduces my range of stamina. So while my gait is a little "off" I still may seem able-bodied when I walk from car to the store. (and where I shop, most of the carts have a pole preventing the carts from leaving the store anyway — so I don't have a choice)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 19:36:48 -0600 Report

I wouldn't put diabetes as this may restrict your license, but if you have other conditions from this, then your dr needs to fill out a form. Pull up the form in your state and see what it lists. I have a permanent sticker for something diabetes related, but he was able to list it under something else. I might add, the lady at the DMV did give me the look and attitude when getting it.

spiritwalker 2012-01-28 19:26:01 -0600 Report

If you have other conditions which come from diabetes such as charcot join,or
advanced neuropathy for which you must use a walker or wheelchair your
MD might sign a request for handicapped parking, but most of the times people
with these conditions no longer drive. If they do they need specially fitted hand controls to replace gas and brake.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-28 17:54:41 -0600 Report

Only if your doctor can certify you as being disabled to the point you can only walk certain distances. However, if you are able to walk and the only problem you have is diabetes, it would be better if you walk. Any exercise is good for us.

pixsidust 2012-01-28 16:59:04 -0600 Report

I think it depends on your mobility as determined by your doctor.
We need to walk as much as we can while we can! I park in the back
of the lot to get any extra steps that I can! And yes, I have feet problems!

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