Woman doesn't believe girl is disabled in Bishop's Stortford

An autistic girl's mother has written an emotional open letter to a woman who questioned her daughter's disabilities when she saw them parking in a disabled space.

Hannah Blatch, 24, returned to her car in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire with her two children when she noticed a woman staring at her.

She was with her two-year-old son Max and four-year-old daughter Lily, who has autism, severe OCD, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome.

When the woman noticed the family were parked in a designated disabled place, Ms Blatch claims she turned to her husband and said 'well she's clearly not disabled'.

The mother-of-two confronted the stranger in the Jackson Square Car Park on April 21, but also decided to document what happened on social media.

Hannah Blatch is pictured with her son Max, 2, and daughter Lily, 4, who has a long list of physical and mental health issues 

Hannah Blatch is pictured with her son Max, 2, and daughter Lily, 4, who has a long list of physical and mental health issues 

Writing on Facebook she penned an open letter to the woman who accused her of 'not being disabled' describing little Lily as 'the kindest, most gentle, endearing little girl'. 

Describing what happened that day, Ms Blatch said: 'We had just come back from town and I was loading up Lily's pushchair into the car when I noticed a woman at the ticket machine watching me.

'I didn't think much of it at first but as she walked passed she said to her husband 'well she's clearly not disabled'.

'I looked straight at her and said 'well actually my daughter is, but thank you for your concern' and then she actually said 'well she doesn't look disabled'.

'Her husband, bless him, looked like he could have died a thousand deaths.'

Lily, of Takeley, Essex who turns five in July, only started speaking nine months ago and has to attend around ten medical appointments a month for a number of health conditions.

The youngster has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, postural tachycardia syndrome - a heart condition - and severe OCD, as well as autism. 

She suffers from a range of symptoms including seizures, blackouts, social anxiety and swelling of her joints.

She also has a gastrointestinal condition which means she still has to wear nappies.

But her mother says she looks like a 'typical four-year-old' most of the time, which has often led to them being on the receiving end of 'judgmental' looks and comments when out in public, as well as confrontations over parking.

She added: 'I've had it happen regularly, and it's always in Stortford. I never get it anywhere else.

Miss Blatch 24, returned to her car in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire with her two children (pictured)  when she noticed a woman staring at her. The woman said Lily 'clearly wasn't disabled' 

Miss Blatch 24, returned to her car in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire with her two children (pictured)  when she noticed a woman staring at her. The woman said Lily 'clearly wasn't disabled' 

'There has been a couple of occasions where Lily has got upset before when she's been aware there has been some kind of confrontation.

'Because she isn't in a wheelchair people question it. They don't even look to see if I've got a blue badge, they are just looking at me, looking for my disability.

'People judge and they shouldn't. You don't know what is going on in someone else's life or what kind of day they have had.

'If we are in a disabled bay just trust us. It's not your job to check.' 

The Facebook post she wrote was intended to make other people think twice before passing judgement. 

It read: 'I am fortunate enough to be a healthy, happy 24-year-old mummy to two very individual and beautiful children.

'My son is an energetic, cheeky, intelligent two-year-old and my daughter is t.

'Age is just a number though - she may nearly be five, she may be tall but that doesn't mean you can compare her to

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