Amputee Must Prove It Every Three Years to Keep Handicapped Parking Permit

Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

It’s nice to see our government off the “Stupid Train” for once. Swedish officials continue to require Fredrik Jansson of Skelleftea to verify that he has trouble walking after his leg was surgically amputated ten years ago. Jansson who suffered the procedure as part of his bid to fight off bone cancer, finds the regulation ridiculous.  He is mandated to see a physician to verify the loss every three years.

A prosthetic leg is not an option as Jonasson doesn’t think he would be able to manage without a disabled parking permit  since he would have to carry shopping bags using crutches, and be forced to walk some distance to his car.

“It defies all common sense,” Jansson said. “I go down to Umea once every three years and have a doctor establish my leg is still gone.”

Skelleftea Traffic Administrator Annica Persson said the tests are necessary. “It is really difficult for us to judge these things and that is why we need the medical recommendation,” Persson said. She also claims there are a limited amount of disabled driver spaces and the government has to ensure that only qualified persons have the benefit.
 
All of which raises the interesting question about how might one such as Jannson “disqualify” for the benefit? I’m sure Jansson would give a lot to know.
 
Source:  UPI
 
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

91 thoughts on “Amputee Must Prove It Every Three Years to Keep Handicapped Parking Permit”

  1. Roco, I have mine and I think Richard Nixon was right. He was actually a brilliant man with an IQ of about 151. He had no soul and no conscience. If you read carefully, I never said, nor did Nixon say, that it was impossible. It was and is difficult. The evolution in reverse of conservatives is seen now in the rise of the tea party, Michelle the Crazy, Bush the Chimperor, Rand of The House of Paul and Newt, who occupies an evolutionary niche all his own.

  2. “did you finish your doctorate?’

    Roco,

    After I finished my Masters on a full work-study scholarship at an Ivy League School and my 5 Years Post masters Training at a Psychotherapy Institute, I didn’t think I needed no stinking Doctorate and I didn’t. Doctors in Social work are like Doctors in International Studies, over rated.

  3. “He said it was hard to find highly intelligent people with good conservative credentials.”

    OS,

    OOOH, I wonder why?

    “Well that is really funny because Monica Crowley was his assistant once he retired from the presidency and she is a conservative.”

    Monica Crowley? Oh that’s why.

  4. Otteray Scribe:

    Well that is really funny because Monica Crowley was his assistant once he retired from the presidency and she is a conservative.

    “In 1990, she was appointed as a Foreign Policy Assistant to former President Richard Nixon. She remained his assistant, until his death in 1994. “

  5. Mike, regarding the comment above regarding liberals. I remember back in either 1970 or 1971 that Richard Nixon was quoted as telling a reporter that it was really hard to find good aides and assistants because all the really bright people tended to be liberals. He said it was hard to find highly intelligent people with good conservative credentials.

    ’nuff said.

  6. “If you think technology stands still, might I suggest you might be a little lite in the gray matter.”

    Roco,

    I had a heart transplant last year and before that to keep me alive I had an LVAD(artificial left ventricle) installed for 2 months. I was hooked up to either batteries or wired to a power unit at home, watching a screen monitoring my vitals. Dick Cheney is now kept alive with the exact same device. So you really think I’m unaware of medical technology? However, what you seem unaware of is that no device, helpful as it may be is completely palliative. There is suffering involved in all medical technologies, the trade-off is one’s justification for deciding to use them.

  7. Mike:

    I dont think I have been stupid or lacked empathy. If the guy needs one fine, if he doesnt, he should give it up so someone else can use the spot.

    If you think technology stands still, might I suggest you might be a little lite in the gray matter.

    I still say he should quit whining about every 3 years.

  8. “I can only say that if a portion of my brain were to be amputated, I would then have the intellectual capacity of a typical liberal.”

    Roco,

    You’ve been shown by your own words to look lacking in empathy and stupid, so I guess when in doubt, use invective to cover your embarrassment.

  9. Judy Wallace:

    why? because i dont think it is a big deal to go every 3 years to make sure that I am not dead or that a new improved leg allows me to get around better to the point I dont need a handicapped sticker. The guy, you, mespo and others should stop whining about it.

    I can only say that if a portion of my brain were to be amputated, I would then have the intellectual capacity of a typical liberal. I suppose all liberals want to make everyone equal in the end.

  10. In news reports other than the one linked, the spokesperson brought up that the advances in prosthetic devices make it too difficult for a lay person to determine who requires use of a handicapped space, which is why a doctor is required to make the decision.

  11. mahtso:

    I take him at his word in the absence of denial of same by the government spokeperson. She didn’t and I do. i don’t presume mischief in the face of silence by the government to the charges lain.

    Qui tacet consentire videtur.

  12. mespo

    Fair enough; but if you think that the leg being missing is the most important fact with respect to why he is being evaluated, then I have greatly overestimated you.

  13. Carol:

    I mentioned that above. I understand all of that. My only point is that I think the guy is being a baby about having to be reviewed every 3 years.

  14. mahtso:

    But Jansson also said, “I go down to Umea once every three years and have a doctor establish my leg is still gone.”

  15. Please don’t assume because we “look okay’ that we are abusing a handicapped space. Mike has addressed this in one of his posts; people with a number of illnesses, chronic intractable pain, heart and lung disorders, illnesses such as MS where they are not yet reliant on devices to help with walking, and other diseases that are ‘invisible’ may require the help of a handicapped tag so we can get inside without relying on assistive devices (or for me, with trigeminal neuralgia, any touch to my face, even a slight breeze, caused severe, horrendous pain. Had I not been able to be closer to the doors of the stores, offices, etc, I would not have been able to go unless someone else drove me directly to the door to get what I needed to get (and Roco, yes sometimes we NEED to go out to the store, etc.) (Also Roco, many who are disabled have to be on SSD and the prices you quote would be a few years worth of disability payments.

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