Eastbourne woman urges people to be aware of ‘hidden disabilities’

Fiona Scrase and her dog Winnie get shouted at for parking in a disabled bay, even though she has a blue badge.'Wish Tower, Eastbourne'27/05/11
Fiona Scrase and her dog Winnie get shouted at for parking in a disabled bay, even though she has a blue badge.'Wish Tower, Eastbourne'27/05/11

AN EASTBOURNE woman is urging people to be aware of hidden disabilities after she was abused by a passer-by who said she ‘didn’t look disabled’.

Fiona Scrase, pictured, suffers with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and is in constant pain most days.

She is a blue badge holder but when she parked in a disabled bay at the Wish Tower last Friday morning, she says she was abused by an elderly woman who questioned why she was parked in the bay.

“I had barely even got out of the car when she started shouting at me,” said 21-year-old Fiona, who had gone to the seafront for a short walk with her dog Winnie. “She said there was nothing wrong with me and I shouldn’t be parking in a disabled bay.

I tried to explain that I have a hidden disability, I can’t walk very far and I do have a blue badge but she didn’t want to listen. You should never judge a book by its cover. I may not look disabled by I live every day in pain. I just want people to remember there are people who might not look disabled but have hidden disabilities like me and it is very hurtful when people say there is nothing wrong with us.”