'Disabled diva' raises awareness about drivers parking in access aisles

Posted at 4:01 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 20:16:26-05

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — A 'disabled diva' said she's had enough with people parking in the access aisles next to accessible parking spots.

As a single mom, life looks a little bit different for Lyllyan Blare, her daughter M'Liyah Blare, and their service dog, Journey.

"I have two rare diseases so I have slowly been losing my ability to walk," Blare said, "I describe myself as 'warrior' and a 'disabled diva' because I like to have fun with my life."

Lately, their positive spirit has been slightly crushed.

Blare said, "We had to leave, we couldn't even park."

Drivers and motorcyclists around town have been parking their vehicles in the white lines, which makes it impossible to put their wheelchair ramp out for her power chair.

"It's frustrating." Blare said.

Blare started posting photos on social media to raise awareness about the issue.

7-year-old M'Liyah said it makes her sad to see her mom struggle to get out of the van. Sometimes they have to wait a long time until they can load in or out, and they frequently have to ask drivers to move.

"I just don't like it when people yell at her because it's not actually her fault."

Blare hopes drivers will stop parking next to the accessible parking spots so her family can continue living their best life.

Blare said, "I'm still alive, I'm still kickin' in some form, and that's a blessing."

Blare has a blog called 'Modified Mama' where she talks about being a disabilities advocate.