Wal-Mart has been in the hot seat recently with its discrimination case, but from an environmental barrier point of view, they are in a league of their own.
I showed you in a previous post how I drive — transferring from my wheelchair to the driver’s seat, letting my wheelchair fly away. But everybody’s situation is not the same.
Some wheelers, whether they are drivers or passengers, have to enter from the back of their SUV or van and risk getting hit when they enter or exit. That’s not the case if you’re shopping at Wal-Mart (which I rarely do because I am a HUGE Target addict.) They have these cleverly awkward reserved parking spaces that are large enough to fit Lady GaGa’s tour bus.
The sideways spaces are specially designed to accommodate large vehicles or rear-entry vehicles with little to no danger. Yes, they take up a lot of space, but they are an often overlooked convenience for those that really need them. The inclusion of these functionally-thoughtful spaces are not mandated by the ADA, so Wal-Mart has gone the extra mile. Bravo!
Congratulations, Wal-Mart. You’re flying high on my Bogus Barrier Scale!
I am legally entitled to park in these spaces, but I don’t (regularly) because I know its importance to someone that really does need it. So, if you think you can park in this space or any other reserved space without the proper hangtag or plate to “make a quick run,” beware of the wheelchair that accidentally ran into your ride. Toyota’s gas pedals aren’t the only things that lose control. I’m just sayin’…