"We want to be treated equally and be independent," said Ron Muschong, the director of the Center for Independent Living of Southwest Florida.
"We're asking for nothing more than what the law allows." Muschong
, a paraplegic, said most of the spaces don't allow enough room for someone in a wheelchair to get out of their vehicles.
Many businesses, Muschong
said, don't understand all the requirements adding disabled parking entails.
"They think because they put a blue stripe down on the parking lot that they've fulfilled their obligation," he
But the spaces, he
said, have to be of the proper dimensions and a certain number of the parking lot's total spaces have to be reserved for the handicapped.