I understand & agree with everything you are saying.... however, legally we are not considered handicapped & therefore do not meet the DMV criteris for obtaining a handicap placard. I looked at my state's RMV website (I live in Massachusetts) out of curiosity, & it's basically a mobiliy issue- check these out:
To obtain Disability Plates, a Placard or a Disability Veteran Plate you must be a Massachusetts resident. In addition, a Massachusetts registered and licensed physician, chiropractor or nurse practitioner must certify that you meet one of the following conditions:
- Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
- Cannot walk without the assistance of another person, prosthetic aid or other assistive device.
- Are restricted by lung disease to such a degree that your forced (respiratory) expiratory volume (FEV) in one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one (1) liter.
- Use portable oxygen.
- Have a Class III cardiac condition according to the standards set by the American Heart Association.
- Have a Class IV cardiac condition according to the standards set by the American Heart Association. A customer in this condition must surrender his or her license.
- Have Class III or Class IV functional arthritis according to the standards set by the American College of Rheumatology.
- Have Stage III or Stage IV anatomic arthritis according to the standards set by the American College of Rheumatology.
- Have been declared legally blind (please attach copy of certification). A customer in this classification must surrender his or her license.
- Have lost one or more limbs or permanently lost the use of one or more limbs.
To be eligible for a Temporary Placard, the medical professional must certify that the disability is predicted to last at least two (2) months.
Now perhaps a decent GI could argue the need for a temp. plate, but I can't believe one even would. With that said, my previous suggestion of a moped or scooter is totally reasonable- you don't need to walk, you can use it whenever you feel the need, & after the initial investment I'd imagine they're pretty cheap. Also, the posters on here who do have handicap plates- not a one is because of their digestive disease. Hey, I don't fault anyone for wishing that they could have one from time to time, but in reality I don't think any doctor or DMV would agree to it. The funny thing is, we are eligible for disability benefits- at least in Massachusetts I am. The disability benfits in my state have recently expanded to include IBD. And while I currently don't fit the criteria, I sure as heck have while flaring!
diagnosed with UC '02