In response to the question in the June 6 Record about handicapped parking: I had the same experience with my new titanium hip in 2011. The first two days back, I checked 11 (!!) lots at increasing distances to the south entrance of Bldg. 10 before finding a designated handicapped spot. NIH parking staff told me NIH exceeds the standards, but since many of the spots seem to be in the surface lot at the far end of the campus, and spaces closer to work locations are all filled before 8 a.m., it would seem likely that our population is different in some significant ways from the population on which those standards are based. Maybe it’s time to determine how many permanent and temporary spaces are actually needed, and where they’re needed. I was thrilled to give up my temporary handicapped tag after a few months of PT, but not everyone is in a position to do that.
Pam Sieving, Informationist, NIH Library