A young woman with a prosthetic leg often parked her car in a handicapped, accessible spot near her work. One day, she found an anonymous note on her windshield saying she “should be ashamed!” Taking the slight in good stride, she said she felt “flattered.”
Natasha Hope-Simpson usually tries to park in an accessible parking spot on Morris Street, just across the street from where she works. She had lost her leg below the knee after a hit-and-run incident left her leg crushed in 2013.
To look at her, however, one might easily overlook her disability, as she made a concerted effort to walk normally.
A former art student who graduated from NSCAD art college in Halifax, Canada, Natasha also designed her own (very attractive) “wearable art” prosthetics using 3D-printing technology.
Yet one day, while she was going back to her car, she was shocked to find an anonymous note on her windshield, typed in all-caps, with red highlighted text, and brimming with indignation. The note made a startling accusation and concluded with: “YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!!”
She told CBC what she had found: “A note from someone who said that they’ve been [recording] me, walking out of the car, and that I am not handicapped, and that I should be ashamed of myself and that they’re going to send my license plate to the police if I park there again.”
Perhaps Natasha’s accuser had failed to see her handicapped tag hanging in her mirror.
The fuming note was later posted on Twitter
— Gregor Ash (@Gregor_Ash) April 8, 2015
The note is unacceptable, according to Tova Sherman, who advocates for people with disabilities. She told CBC that: “It’s really none of our business whether they run out of the car, or crawl out of the car. Great example is people who live with fibromyalgia—chronic pain—it is episodic, meaning it comes and it goes.”
She explained that a person with fibromyalgia may feel all right one day, but “then the next day they can’t even lift their arms.”
Meanwhile, Natasha, despite her initial shock, took the blasting letter in good humor, and offered a cool response: “I’m kind of flattered about that, because I’ve been working pretty hard on my walk to make it look natural.”
As to whoever left the anonymous note and supposedly videotaped her, Natasha says she has no idea.
Watch a video of Natasha and her “wearable art” prosthetics:
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