“Respect the Sign”

The Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) is appealing to locals to “just respect the sign” – the disabled parking sign, that is.

The BCD took to blocking four parking spots with wheelchairs at Sheraton Mall today, in an effort to sensitize motorists to the plight of the disabled.

Members of the BCD at Sheraton Mall this morning. From left – Christopher Gilkes, Atiba Akluko and Maria Holder-Small.

“I would love that persons who are driving in here today would actually begin to think twice before they drive into the disabled parking,” Holder-Small said.

She also explained that today’s inconvenience was the rule rather than the exception for the disabled, and she hoped able-bodied people would be more understanding of the challenges faced by members of the disabled community.

The BCD wants the public to be more sensitive to the plight of the disabled.

“We have problems with persons parking on sidewalks so for the blind who go along merrily tapping, [they] run into a problem.

“You might not think twice about parking that vehicle on the side walk…but you don’t know who is going to be coming along that street,” she said.

Holder-Small also lamented that there are still some business establishments that are not accessible to people with disabilities.

“It doesn’t take much to do a little ramp,” she said.

“Persons with disabilities (wheelchair bound) can’t access the business facilities because they can’t get into it.”

According to Holder-Small, while most places do provide parking, the spaces are severely limited, with a shortage of access isles.

Atiba Aluko attempting to exit vehicle.

“It is international standards…but they are not attaching the access isle, so when you open your door and you are trying to get out your wheelchair, you are kind of in a rut, trying to make sure you don’t hit the other car,” she said.

Volunteer at the BCD, Atiba Aluko reiterated this point, arguing that few adjustments have been made to make life easier for the estimated 14, 000 people living with disabilities in Barbados. (KK)




7 Responses to “Respect the Sign”

  1. Amber Nicole
    Amber Nicole October 3, 2015 at 7:56 pm


  2. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew October 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Totally agree 110%

  3. Saundra Moore October 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I got robbed in a supermarket’s car park and twisted my ankle…using a cane…is it OK for me to use the disabled space until I can manage less painfully.

    • Ken October 6, 2015 at 7:30 am

      I think you are being ridiculous and insensitive to the disabled. Indeed if you ARE disbled and NOT unabled you can use the park. Wouldn’t you prefer to stay off your feet for a few day to allow you twisted ankle to heal? Ya mean ya gotta teach people common sense in these forums too?

  4. seagul October 4, 2015 at 3:14 am


  5. Bostonian October 4, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I’m glad the disable is speaking out on this matter I’m hoping government will take due notice that this is a a serious matter that needs attention the handicapped need to be independent like any one else

  6. Ken October 6, 2015 at 7:34 am

    The amount of uncaring people in Barbados is amazing. Daily in supermarkets and other parking lots which have assigned physically challenged parking people with no physicality go and park there and have the audacious to strut across the parking lot like it is ok.


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