Ashley Brady received a cruel letter from her neighbor, which is making headlines around the nation today. This letter is full of insults that mock Brady’s disability and that letter today is acting as a reminder of what folks with disabilities sometimes come up against, suggests The Spread It on March 20.
Brady lost her leg in an accident last summer and she is walking with a prosthetic limb, but it’s new to her and not easy. With the snow and ice that blanketed the area this winter, she was having a tough time navigating on foot through the parking lot of her Miamisburg, Ohio apartment complex. She had actually taken a tumble on a few occasions.
When the apartment manager learned of Ashley’s plight he put a special parking space in front of Brady’s building for her to use. When the neighbor, who does not have a disabled placard, parked in the space, Brady left her a note. In the note the young woman explained that she is disabled and how that parking space is actually a safety feature for her, according to the Canada Journal today.
The neighbor wrote a letter to Brady and left it for her on the windshield of her car. In that letter she mocked and insulted the young woman with vile and cruel words, starting the letter addressing Brady as “Hey handicap!” The letter said:
“Hey handicap! First, never place your hands on my car again! Second, honey you ain’t the only one with “struggles.” You want pity go to a one leg support group! You messed with the wrong one! I don’t care what your note said shove it, but you touch my car again I will file a report, I am not playing! I let the office know the cry baby one leg touches my property I will cause trouble so go cry your struggles to someone who cares cause I’m walking away with both mine! -bitch”
Brady needed to read the letter a few times for this to sink in. Ashley’s sister, Kaitlyn Siler, posted the letter on Facebook and it went viral. It was picked up by the Amputee Coalition of America. The organization posted how Ashley was reaching out to her neighbor for understanding. Their post said:
“Ashley wrote–I lost my leg over the summer and am just trying to adjust to my new life. I requested to have a handicap parking spot to my apartment but with the ground being frozen I had to wait almost all winter. I FINALLY get my parking spot and this small victory meant so much to me. Then after having my parking spot only 2 days a lady who was not handicap and does not have plates parked in my spot. I left her a note saying why I needed that spot, that I found it disrespectful, and if she did it again she would be towed. This was the note I found on my car in return.”
The letter now acts as a reminder as to what people with disabilities may encounter in daily life. As demonstrated by the letter, they can run into this cruel treatment even from their own neighbors.