OKLAHOMA CITY - John High visits the capitol often.
He advocates for the rights of those with disabilities. But. now, he's fighting for his own.
“I am being discriminated against, since I'm in a wheelchair, an electric wheelchair, I'm being discriminated to be able to go there,” High said.
He was going to the House Gallery to watch lawmakers, but staff quickly turned him away at the door.
The floor sergeants told High, because of his motorized chair, he can't watch session from the gallery seats.
The capitol has a special lift installed, but it was not designed for the newer massive electric machines which High prefers.
John High could easily be accommodated, by using a lighter weight wheelchair. But he wants to use his heavy machine. And he insists that the state has to accommodate his preference and convenience. If he weighs 150 lbs., he can have a machine weighing more than 300 lbs. But if he weighs over 300 lbs., then he has to compensate with a lighter chair or lose weight.
In many parts of the state we have bridges and roads with weight restrictions. I don't think any of us are suing the state, claiming that we ought to be able to drive heavier autos....