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4EVRYOUNG Posts: 5,174
11/14/13 10:03 A

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It's a running joke with my son that he's become the most popular +1 in town. He comes with great parking, speed pass thru airport security, early boarding, etc.

Even though he's using his prosthetic and a cane, not a wheelchair he still gets special consideration. Thank goodness because he is still in some pain and unable to be on his leg for an extended length of time He has to "choose his battles" wisely. Standing in line or walking from the parking lot takes a considerable amount of energy.

Experience gives you fresh perspective.

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CD833620 Posts: 42,077
11/14/13 8:51 A

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Ally, you are right and I do agree that some people should have an easier access. The problem is the abuse of the system, as in anything else. And since there are unscrupulous people that rent their disability (as well as those that think it is OK to pay for it) something had to be done to stop it.

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11/13/13 1:29 P

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Years ago, there was a girl at my church that had brain injury from a motorcycle accident. She had difficulty speaking and caring for her body physically, but mentally she was sharp. Not everyone was comfortable around her because she was difficult to understand with her speech limitations. The group went to the theme park and she needed a wheelchair to help her get around. I saw her face as people began to break up into groups and head off for fun. I threw up a quick prayer that God would help us communicate and I asked her if I could hang out with her. Her smile was so big! A couple more people joined us and we had a 4-some. I did not know until our first ride that the wheelchairs got front of the line access, but was THRILLED to discover it! And funny enough, the max # of people that could go 'front of the line' was 4!

This girl was really cool, a thrill seeker and she wanted to hit all the fun rides and coasters. We began to notice the looks on the faces of the others from church as they saw us pass them by time and again to ride all the cool rides ... while they waited in the slow-moving lines. I rode more rides that one day that I ever have in my life.

I know it slows things down a bit, but people who must do life from a wheelchair deserve a few perks along the way in life. Sometimes it can really make a difference! I would think especially for a child that is always held back, to finally be made to feel special by getting such royal treatment.

Also, it seems a wheelchair in the midst of a long ride line could possibly be a safety hazard if there was ever need for an emergency evacuation.







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CD833620 Posts: 42,077
9/29/13 12:02 P

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Yes, it is not a perfect solution, I am just happy because I am sure that the next time I go to the parks I will see way less wheel chairs around...

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9/28/13 3:01 P

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I was considering going again.With my arthritic knee it looks like I'll have to rent a wheelchair since I can't stand from thirty min.to an hour.before when I went I was middleaged and now I'm old! big double sssssiiiiggghhhhh !!!!!

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9/28/13 2:10 P

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I would like to have seen a more "compromise" position taken..but the self entitled jerks of the world have to spoil things for everyone else it seems.

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4EVRYOUNG Posts: 5,174
9/28/13 9:53 A

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This isn't the answer. Unfortunately the answer is personal ethics and responsibility. Something no government or corporation can enforce.

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CD833620 Posts: 42,077
9/28/13 9:28 A

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WE have already discussed this issue here, but it seems that the abuse of the system (and the dissatisfaction of the costumers) is causing to change its policy regarding handicapped people's access to the rides. It is not the change I would like to see, but it is definitely an improvement in the system in place at the moment.

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