Stop Rampant Abuse Against People With Hidden Disabilities

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Target: Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott

Goal: Implement ways to stop the growing abuse against people with hidden disabilities who are using valid disability parking permits.

A former police officer who has a hidden disability–a disability that isn’t completely visible–alleges that he’s been the victim of multiple accounts of abuse while using his valid disability parking permit. Stevan Maksimovic explained that even with his parking permit being perfectly visible, he allegedly frequently experiences verbal abuse from people who claim there’s nothing wrong with him. The former officer said he’s grown tired of his 6-year-old son having to witness these alleged frightening attacks when they’re out in public.

Maksimovic isn’t alone, according to many news outlets that have reported numerous accounts like his over the last couple years. Surprisingly, people with hidden disabilities are mistreated and abused in public frequently. However, just as Mr. Maksimovic stated, despite the efforts of raising awareness of people with hidden disabilities, the attacks against them are becoming worse. Allowing this abuse against disabled people only puts them in danger as people can easily become aggressive or violent during such tense confrontations. Demand better preventative measures to decrease these deplorable attacks against people with hidden disabilities who hold legal parking permits.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Abbott,

It’s been brought to our attention that a former police officer with a hidden disability has allegedly been the subject of verbal abuse when people witness to the man using his valid disability parking permit. Since his disability didn’t leave him visibly handicapped, people assume he’s not really disabled and he’s allegedly been verbally attacked numerous times while out with his 6-year-old son, something that concerns him.

This is no way for a disabled former officer or his son to be treated. Awareness has been raised on the subject of hidden disabilities, yet people continue to harass and abuse people with these kind of disabilities. We urge you to implement ways to help combat this issue before someone ends up hurt from the increasing number of altercations that occur.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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