Not all disabilities are visible. You’d think this would be common-sense, but apparently some people didn’t get the memo.
Fortunately Yasmin Swift, a 19-year-old from Kent, UK, is here to remind them. Earlier this year the teen was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare lung disorder. Symptoms of the condition vary, and include everything from heart palpitations to shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting spells. At one point, Yasmin’s condition was so serious, she needed to take six months off school. This means the trainee hairdresser is also entitled to a disabled parking badge, as her decreased lung capacity makes walking long distances difficult.
Despite the fact the blue badge is displayed in her windscreen, Yasmin recently suffered the wrath of another driver who accused her of not looking “ill” or “disabled.” After visiting a local pub with friends, she returned to find an anonymous note wedged in her windscreen wiper.
It read: “You are parked illegally.
“You are not disabled. I will inform authorities accordingly.”
Yasmin took to Facebook to share a frustration, in a post that has gone viral for all the right reasons.
She also spoke to Kent Live, describing her struggle of living with an invisible condition.
“You can tell people are staring when you get out of the car, but nobody had actually said anything before, let alone left a note.
“When I put my badge up, I feel like I have to walk out of the car limping. But I shouldn’t have to feel like that, because there is an illness – it just doesn’t show.
“Just because I’m not in a wheelchair, or I don’t have a visible ailment, it doesn’t mean I’m not entitled to use a disabled space.”
Fortunately, people from around the web have spoken out in support of Yasmin, as well as sharing their own stories
So, what have we learned today folks?