Armless woman claims discrimination at Universal Orlando

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – An Arizona woman who was born without arms says she was discriminated against by staff at Universal Orlando.

Jessica Cox told Tucson’s KGUN-TV on Friday that she was not allowed onto any rides during a recent visit to the Florida theme park.

Cox says she was given a pamphlet on the park’s riding policy, which states a rider must be able to “continuously grasp with at least one upper natural extremity.”

The theme park refunded her ticket but Cox was still upset.

She says the restrictions are too broad.

Cox has filed an administrative action against the state of Florida.

Universal Orlando officials declined to comment, saying they do not discuss litigation.

Cox, who flies planes and has a black belt in Taekwondo, works as a motivational speaker. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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