Disability Parking Permit Policy
Access to East Carolina University for individuals with disabilities is as essential as it is for any member of the University community. The Disability Parking Permit Application assists the University in determining whether those with physician–documented disabilities are eligible for reasonable parking accommodations. Any individual who falsifies or misrepresents their medical condition or misuses the ECU disability permit will lose parking privileges and may be subject to disciplinary action. Due to the limited availability of parking in specific zones on campus, it is essential that disability parking permits be issued to individuals with a qualifying disability as determined by the ADA Coordinator and/or the Parking Accessibility Review Committee (PARC).
The American with Disabilities Act defines a disability as: A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual.
For the purpose of parking, potential examples of disabilities (as determined by a licensed physician) for which a disability parking permit may be a reasonable accommodation include: 1) An obvious physical disability that results in the need for a wheelchair, brace, walker or other supporting device, and 2) mobility that is severely restricted by pulmonary or cardiovascular disease, debilitating arthritic conditions, orthopedic and neurological conditions. In accordance with NC General Statute 20-37.5, severely restricted indicates the inability to walk 200 feet without assistance or stopping to rest. The restriction should not be for parking purposes only; the limitation should apply equally to activities of daily living including work.
Individuals requesting accessible parking must have a placard or license plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, the possession of such, does not guarantee approval of accessible parking on campus.
Reasonable accommodations for accessible parking may include the following: 1) the use of campus designated disability spaces, and 2) campus transportation (Transit Authority). Please note that additional time may be required to get to work or school.
Accessible Parking Permit Application Review Process
Individuals requesting disability parking accommodations on campus must complete an Accessible Parking Permit Application and submit it to The Department for Disability Support Services, 138 Slay, Greenville, NC 27858. Completed applications will be reviewed by the ADA Coordinator and/or PARC.
Please note the following information:
Mobility limitations cited on the disability parking permit application cannot exceed those noted as limitations affecting daily activity, including work.
Applicants with temporary disabilities less than six months in duration (which may include post-surgical applicants, as well as others) will be reviewed and considered on a space availability basis and as individual circumstances warrant.
Due to variations in parking availability and the changing nature of some conditions, East Carolina University reserves the right to review applications annually during the permit renewal period.
Questions about the Disability Parking Application should be addressed to The Department for Disability Support Services, (252) 737-1016 v/tty.
Accessible Parking Permit Application