It’s always an adventure trying to find handicapped accessible parking at restaurants, stores and other places. It’s even more of a challenge when the members of the local chapter of the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association are convening for our monthly meetings and looking for places to park. There is a caravan of caravans every time we get together.
At Golden Corral this evening, we arrived early to scope out the next available spots. According to South Carolina law, only one handicapped space is required in a 25-space lot. The Golden Corral lot probably has 50 or more spaces with approximately six handicapped parking places.
In addition to not having enough spaces, there aren’t enough spaces designated as “van accessible”. Such spaces have larger access aisles allowing those of us in wheelchairs to have ample room to maneuver our wheelchairs in and out of the vehicles.
We use these opportunities going around town to educate the community on accessibility accommodations and to show the public that nothing is impossible when living with a disability. Hopefully, through our activism, the number of handicapped parking spaces will increase and allow others with disabilities to better socialize in the community.