Mum speaks of hurt after abusive car park note

Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, ninemsn
6:02pm January 21, 2013
January 21, 2013: It's the cruel act against a mother and her disabled son. Zoe's son Archer has cerebral palsy and simple everyday tasks are a challenge. But a note left on the windscreen of her car has this mum seeing red.

The mother of a cerebral palsy boy who found an abusive note on her car windscreen about her “cripple” son has spoken of her hurt and anger.

Melbourne mum Zoe Ludwell, 31, and her four-year-old son Archer went shopping at Karingal Centro in Frankston earlier this month and found the handwritten note on her car windscreen when they left.

The note read, “Who is the cripple you or the baby. Have your rego.”

In an emotional interview with A Current Affair, Ms Ludwell said she was shocked and hurt by the note.

The dedicated mother spoke of her daily struggles and the importance of access to disabled carparks, which she is legally entitled to use.

"It is very important to us," she said. "The distance to the shop is not what I need, I need space.

The offensive note left on Ms Ludwell's windscreen. (A Current Affair)
The offensive note left on Ms Ludwell's windscreen. (A Current Affair)

"With the cerebral palsy sometimes he will arch backwards, randomly. It can be quick and quite strong so often I have to load up the car first and then grab him."

Ms Luddwell's husband Luke was angered by the note, telling the program his son did not deserve cruel labels.

"You don't want your child to be called a cripple," he said.

"There are certain words people with a disability don't want to be labelled with and it is pretty harsh word."

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