I’m one of those lucky individuals whose state issued identification and handicapped parking permit expire at the same time.
I know it happens, so I knew it was going to happen to me, eventually.
I wouldn’t have to do this if the state had kept their policy of lifetime handicapped parking permits.
What’s that they say about bad apples?
Anyway, back to the paperwork……
Naturally one can not just get another parking permit at will, because that would be just too easy, and make too much sense.
Instead I have to prove that I am still disabled.
Stupid, yes. But not the stupidest part.
Knowing about the paperwork I tried to plan ahead, tried being the important word here.
I wanted to bring it to my last PM&R appointment, but it was too early, you know because disability, even permeant ones, come with a timeline.
So that leaves me with one viable option, the fax machine, and hope nothing lapses.
Why are we still using fax machines?
Is it wrong to think that life would be just a little bit easier for everyone if we eliminated fax machines?
I understand why the policy change had to happen, but I also know it’s ridiculous. There’s no way I’m going to become able-bodied, no matter how hard I work at trying to change it (if I really wanted to).
Bottom line: having to prove disability is necessary, having to prove it again and again is redundant and pretty pointless.
Think for a minute of the life cycle of paperwork:
-I take it, fill it out and send it to my doctor
-My doctor’s assistant, or someone else, passes it on to my doctor
-My doctor has to take time out of his schedule to fill out said paperwork
-My doctor’s assistant, or someone else, sends it back to me.
-I receive the paperwork, review it, and send it to the DMV
-The DMV reviews the paperwork and sends me a new parking permit, that is if they don’t loose the paperwork or forgets to mail my new permit
It’s 3 pieces of paper that could eat up hours in the day of multiple people, time that could probably be spend doing other, and possibly better, things; like things that affect everyone, not just those with disabilities.
I understand the need to prove my disability, because the scams run wide and deep, but do I really have to keep proving it?