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Wichita, KAN. -- Disability advocates are in shock after a woman in a wheelchair discovered her specialized van keyed and a nasty note left on her windshield.
Tiffany Nickel is a quadriplegic and uses a motorized wheelchair. It takes time and space to get in and out of her van equipped with a ramp that comes out of the side of the vehicle.
The Park City teacher was at a west Wichita restaurant Saturday but could not find any open handicapped parking spaces. So she parked in two regular spaces.
Later when she came out of the restaurant she found the front of her van keyed and a note on the windshield. The note said "you just got keyed for parking this way - here's your sign".
"My initial reaction was just pure shock and awe that somebody would first, vandalize someone else's vehicle just for the simple fact of taking two spots whether it's a modified car or not", said Nickel.
The ADA Act, state law and city ordinances allow for handicapped people to park in two regular parking spaces if there are no handicapped spaces available so Nickel was in the right.
It's the insensitivity of the note that shocked her. "If you stop and think about how difficult it is to get into a car", said Nickel. "If you stop and think about how we have to have special parking to get out of our vehicles. Just all those factors that no one takes into consideration until they're in our shoes or wheelchairs."
Despite what happened, Nickel has a pretty good attitude. She said she's gotten past what happened and just wants people to know that those with disabilities who have special vans need that extra space.