Hi guys! Many of you are new to this site and may not have heard that we with RA can get handicapp placards, which help minimize walks from the parking lot to a store. On many days without having one I would not venture out. Knowing it will only be a few short steps to my destination makes it palatable even on a bad day! You can download the forms for your state online, give them to your rhuemie to sign and send them off. The state is very quick on getting the placards out to you. I warn you though, you will get nasty looks and even remarks from onlookers thinking you look fine and don't need the placard. I even had a woman write in lipstick "shame on you" on my car! She defaced private property but I am wrong????? Anyway, it shouldn't matter, people are ignorant and don't understand the pain we suffer from our disease. People in general believe if they can't see you looking physically disabled that you cannot possibly be disabled. So the sooner you get this placard the happier you will be! Trust me it has been a lifesaver. Also, if traveling take it with you, even if you use a rental car. It does carry over from state to state. In Illinois, if you have a placard you are exempt from putting money in a Chicago parking meter!
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