We understand that getting parking placards for disabled patients can be complex. These frequently asked questions will help explain who’s eligible for a disabled parking placard and how to certify qualified patients.
What qualifies a person for disabled parking?
People who are classified with disabilities as defined below in Title 23 Part 1235 (the uniform system for parking for persons with disabilities of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations) qualify for special parking permit:
People with disabilities that limit or impair the ability to walk means persons who:
- Are unable to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest
- Are unable to walk without the use of/assistance from:
- A brace
- A cane
- A crutch
- Another person
- A prosthetic device
- A wheelchair
- Another assistive device
- Are restricted by lung disease to such an extent that their forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air at rest
- Use portable oxygen
- Have a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association
- Are severely limited in their ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition
Sec. 1-1f. “Blind,” “Physically Disabled,” defined
People who are “blind” or “physically blind” as defined in Section 1-1f of the Connecticut General Statutes below qualify for a special parking permit.
- An individual is blind if their central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses, or if their visual acuity is greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than twenty degrees
- An individual is physically disabled if they have any chronic physical disability, infirmity, or impairment, whether congenital or resulting from bodily injury, organic processes, or changes; or from illness, including but not limited to, epilepsy, deafness or hearing impairment, or reliance on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device
Who can complete the disabled parking application?
The following medical professionals licensed within the state of Connecticut can certify a physical disability:
- Physician’s assistant
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
- Psychiatrist (under contract or employed by the USVA)
The following medical professionals licensed within the state of Connecticut can certify a condition of blindness or legal blindness:
- A member of the Connecticut Board of Services and Education for the Blind
What sections of the application form do I have to complete?
Be sure to complete the following:
- Temporary or permanent condition
- Certifier’s name
- Check what type of certifier
- License number (all digits)
- Office address
- Office telephone number
- Signature of certifier
- Date signed
Can I certify a condition for a minor?
Yes, disabilities or blindness can be certified for minors; however, please keep in mind that the minor needs to meet the criteria for the above referenced definitions for disability, blindness, or physical blindness.