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Mum abused for parking in disabled spaces

SHAKEN: Kevina Atkinson with her daughter Chilli, 6, and son Axel Morgan, 2.
SHAKEN: Kevina Atkinson with her daughter Chilli, 6, and son Axel Morgan, 2. Paul Braven

KEVINA Atkinson is tired of fending off abuse in the car park when she pulls into the disabled spaces.

On Sunday afternoon at Kin Kora, an elderly man shook his fist and glared at this young family of four as they pulled into the disabled park.

He then held up his phone, motioning that he would call an inspector.

Six-year old Chilli Atkinson has Kleefstra Syndrome, and her mum just wants to see some tolerance.

"This has happened to us one too many times," she told The Observer.

"I want that man to realise we are just as deserving of a disabled car park and to realise he was wrong."

"I am absolutely disgusted at the number of people who assume we don't have a legal ticket or don't need to use a disabled park."

Ms Atkinson said besides abuse they also had to deal with constant staring.

"It's hard enough going out in public and having people stare at you all the time," she said.

"Walk around the front of my car and see we are entitled to use a disabled space instead of jumping up to abuse us."

Ms Atkinson said she was only trying to help her family cope as best she could.

And if anyone took the time to befriend her daughter, she said, they would see a little girl with the most beautiful smile and personality.

"Too many people don't look at her, or if they do are just looking at her diagnosis," she said.

"It's hard enough going out. We don't need abuse on top of everything else."

Kleefstra syndrome causes developmental delay, learning difficulty, heart conditions, seizures and respiratory infections.

Topics:  car park, disability, gladstone



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