I have been disabled for years but I am now going outside more and must always be with my canes or a wheelchair.
Often I get abused, harassed and swore at in public places when I use or ask to use disabled bathrooms, seating, etc...
I live in San Diego and most people are decent but many scream and swear and tell me they are fed up with accommodating the disabled. For instance...in the past week I went to the movie theater and was in disabled seating and was abused when I politely asked the healthy non-disabled seated patrons behind me to please remove their feet off of the disabled seating poles which were next to my head. I was repeatedly screamed at, told to get out of disabled seating because they didn't want to move their feet and had to get the manager to help me.
At a casino with my family I went to the women's bathroom 3 different times and politely asked if any women in line were disabled so I could take my turn after them and use the disabled bathroom. ALL 3 times I was swore at by healthy women in line and ORDERED to get back into line behind them! I was even told by a employee at the casino that disabled MUST wait in line with everyone else and CAN NOT go to the front of the line and use the disabled bathrooms! I thought disabled bathrooms were for the disabled before healthy people could use them...am I wrong???
I use a wheelchair and people swear or block me when I ask may I go through the aisle. I often get hit with purses and baggage...no apologies ever given to me. I am ready to go back into my shell.
Any suggestions? Do I have any rights?