Removing handicapped spaces at civic center sends wrong message
I agree completely with Jon Closson's letter on July 19, in which he states many severely handicapped persons have vans adapted so that their electric mobility devices can be locked in place behind the steering wheel of the van in place of a seat, which allows them more independence. A valet cannot drive this vehicle without a seat.
This would mean a handicapped person who uses such an equipped van would need to hire a transport company equipped to handle electric mobility devices to bring them to and from functions at the Mayo Civic Center. They can't just "bum" a ride with someone.
How ironic, Rochester, home of the No. 1 medical facility in the country and labeled Destination Medical Center city, would be where a handicapped person can't even attend a function at Mayo Civic Center because there was no room for handicapped parking spaces. Should the name of Mayo even be associated with such a facility?
They could probably make room for another display case or two if they took out the handicapped stalls in the bathrooms, too. Yes sir, Destination Medical Center, but only if you aren't too severely handicapped.