Handicap this!, March-April 2021

March 11, 2021

From the March-April 2021 issue of News & Letters

by Suzanne Rose

An autistic man in the UK spent two years teaching himself law before winning an apology in a discrimination case against Virgin Active after an instructor in a spin class called him stupid. The court agreed that he was discriminated against, and also awarded him damages.

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A professor at Oxnard College in California has been put on paid administrative leave after a video showed him berating a hard-of-hearing student, accusing her of not listening properly and saying she “was not paying attention.” A student who stood up for her was ignored.

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A “little person” was banned from a cooking class at Heart of Worcestershire College in the UK after administrators decided that his participation would be a “health and safety risk.” He said, “They are simply not prepared to make the adjustments to accommodate me.” He was told that he would never work in a commercial kitchen.

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A woman with “invisible” disabilities said that she was humiliated at London Stansted Airport when they took back the wheelchair she had booked and refused to help her carry her luggage because she “didn’t look ill.” But when she asked for the special assistance she had arranged, they told her she would have to pay for it.

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