10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy asks drivers to think of her before parking

Posted at 1:45 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 17:57:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is inspiring change to accessible parking spaces in the metro area.

Catie Flournoy, a fourth-grade student at Shoal Creek Elementary School, is featured on new signs that read, "Think of Me Keep It Free," which can be found at any Hy-Vee supermarket.

"It's cool because people say I'm famous, which kind of, not really," said Catie. 

Several more are being installed at school districts around town.

"I’ve had so many people say to me wow, if you have a cute little face like that looking at you, you're not going to pull into that spot if you don't need it," said Cathleen Flournoy, Catie's mother. 

Flournoy came up with the idea after witnessing too many people using accessible parking spaces who shouldn’t have been.

"It bothered me that the parents didn't necessarily respect the spot, and also, were in such a hurry that they weren't paying attention to the fact that there was somebody that needed that spot," said Flournoy. 

On Friday, signs are expected to go up at Manor Hill Elementary School in Liberty, Missouri.