In Philadelphia, the Parking Authority denied a severely handicapped girl a handicapped parking space in front of her own home. The girl, with severe brain damage, is unable to attend school if someone is parked in front of her home because the ramp from her home accesses the street at this parking space. The 12 year old is unable to go to school when it snows or if a car is parked in the space because the bus cannot retrieve her without the use of her ramp.
So why the denial you ask?
If the home is not 20 feet wide they must have the consent of the neighbors.
Their home is 18 feet wide. A request was made of the neighbors, but the family did not receive an answer.
The plaintiff’s attorney has stated that the agency acted “irrationally, discriminatorily, and without cause. ” The attorney and family claim there is no reason to require consent from a neighbor on a public street.
To read more about this story, check out the Philadelphia Inquirer .