“It was only for a minute/five
minutes…” “I put my flashers on….” “I didn’t see anyone waiting…”
No matter the reason, during the time that a parking space for persons with disabilities is occupied by someone without a disability, someone who needed it has been disadvantaged and/or endangered.
They have driven by in frustration or tried to use another, less accessible spot. With limited mobility and/or health issues, not only is it inconvenient/wrong to have the student or employee have to move; it can
be medically dangerous for the person needing the spot not to be able to do so.
“Handicapped/accessible” parking spaces are supposed to be used by students/employees/visitors who have a state handicapped parking placard –or—a short term IUP “handicapped parking” placard. Persons who are eligible to use these spaces have had to provide
documentation of need. The need is legitimate.
We write to seek your assistance with this. Please do not park in a “handicapped” parking space/parking space for person with disability, yourself; please discourage others from doing so as well.
(These spaces remain reserved 24/7, even during breaks and times that parking is generally open without adhering to our category…i.e., faculty, staff, commuter.)
As we go forward excitedly into the winter break, please take the time to think of others and only park in spaces for which you are eligible. “One minute,” “five minutes”…they do matter!
Please share with others…friends, relatives, neighbors, who may be picking up/coming to campus, etc.
Department for Disability Access and Advising (D2A2)