When you mention the D-word (discrimination) in connection with people with disabilities you get the funniest reactions. People sort of wince, they cringe, they even get angry and \ question your conclusions. It’s as if they have accepted the concept of discrimination against other groups like racial minorities, women and aboriginal people, but there’s a huge stumbling block when presented with the concept related to disability.
Years ago, while sitting in a large jury pool waiting room in a San Francisco courthouse, a man in a wheelchair next to me was approached by a staff member and told that he was dismissed, that he had fulfilled his obligations.
He was (rightly so) quite upset, and demanded to know why he was being dismissed. The staff member informed him that any amount of jury duty would be beyond his physical abilities. I was so proud of him when he shot back, in a loud voice so that everyone in the room could hear, that he and only he was able to determine what his physical abilities were.
Later that night I was so upset by what I had witnessed, that I could barely sleep. The next morning, as soon as offices opened, I contacted this courthouse and submitted a written complaint, for the record.