This week Disability Living is discussing Canada’s handicap and disability rules for accessibility. A disabled parking permit, or Accessible Parking Permit, is among the main things some people with disabilities need access to.
How does someone with a handicap or disability go about obtaining an Accessible Parking Permit in Canada? And what are the requirements for getting such a permit?
What is an Accessible Parking Permit?
An Accessible Parking Permit is a permit that allows a person to park in a space reserved for people with a handicap or disability. There are different types of Accessible Parking Permits: visitor, company, traveler, temporary, and permanent. Obtaining a permit is free.
Who may be eligible for a disabled parking permit?
If you have at least one of the conditions in the list below, you might qualify for an Accessible Parking Permit:
– Severe lung disease
– Severe cardiovascular disease
– Seriously limited mobility
– Visual impairment
Also, if you use portable oxygen, a wheelchair, or a device that assists your mobility, you might qualify for a parking permit.
There are several other requirements for Accessible Parking Permit eligibility; learn about them by visiting http://www.ontario.ca/en/services_for_residents/ONT05_039815.html#ObtaininganAPP.
Did you know that an actual health practitioner must validate your condition before you can be approved for a disabled parking permit? The following types of health professionals are allowed to do this: occupational therapist, physiotherapist, physician, chiropractor, chiropodist, or nurse practitioner.
How can someone obtain a parking permit?
An Accessible Parking Permit must be applied for. Visit http://www.ontario.ca/en/services_for_residents/ONT06_024145.html to complete an online application.
Do you need to renew your Accessible Parking Permit?
As a person with a disability, it is key that you obtain a handicap parking permit if you are entitled to one. This permit will make it easier than ever to get to the grocery store, pick up prescriptions, and generally enjoy life.
If you think you may be eligible for a handicap parking permit, see http://www.ontario.ca/en/services_for_residents/ONT05_039815.html#RenewinganAPP to learn even more about obtaining one .
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