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Young Woman's Car Was Plastered With 'Shame' Signs After She Parked In A Disabled Spot, But She Wrote A Perfect Response To The Shamer

Date November 6, 2018

The fact that some disabilities are invisible should be common knowledge by now. Unfortunately, many people still don’t get it and treat individuals with unseen disabilities with disrespect. When will we finally learn?

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Lexi’s story

A young woman named Lexi Baskin parked her car in a disabled spot. When she returned to the car, she had an unpleasant surprise waiting for her. The vehicle was plastered with signs reading “shame on you” and various insults. One of the signs even called Lexi a “terrible person”.

Apparently, someone saw the girl getting out of her car and didn’t see anything wrong with her. Little did that person know that Lexi was in the middle of the fight for her life. She was getting radiation therapy for a tumor on her brain stem and was legally entitled to park in disabled spots. By the way, she had the disability card on her windshield.

Lexi was upset and decided to share her story. She took the high road and wrote a post not to shame the person who vandalized her car, but to raise awareness about invisible disabilities. She wrote:

I am not asking for sympathy, but just awareness that everyone is fighting their own battles, whether you know it or not. Be kind to people. Make people cry tears of joy, and not frustration or sadness. Love one another. I will choose to love this person and pray for them. I hope that the darkness in their heart is replaced with unconditional love and happiness.

In the comments to Lexi's story, people expressed their support and shared their own stories. Here are some of them:

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Why we shouldn’t make assumptions about people who park in disabled spots

The term “invisible disability” is pretty much self-explanatory; it refers to disabilities that aren’t immediately apparent to others. These include musculoskeletal disorders, psychiatric conditions, heart disease, disorders of the digestive system and other disorders that can’t be seen.

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According to the website Disabled World, about 10% of Americans have a medical condition that can be described as an invisible disability.

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The thing is, people with invisible disabilities have the same right to park in disabled spots as do people whose disabilities can be seen. So when someone who doesn’t look disabled parks in a disabled spot, it’s best to hold back and not assume anything.

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