When I turn 18 would I have to do jury duty and also sign up for the draft?
You do not have to do jury duty...just get a letter from your doctor stating your disability. You migh have to submit a letter each time you are selected for jury duty but it should not be a problem. As for the draft, I think that they sign up students through the high schools. If you are in special ed then there is probably a form that the school fills out. Even if they did sign you up, you have an IEP and that should prove that you have a disability and get you out. Good Luck :)
You won't have to do jury duty if you get a statement from your doctor stating you are sick. Do this when you get your notice in mail about jury duty. As far as the draft goes, there is really no draft any more. You still have to sign up. But, again if you are sick you don't have to go. Get another statement from your doctor.
I do not know how long away being 18 for you is becaise you have not told us your age.
Many things that we are afriad of, is simply because it is the unknown. We do not know what something is going to be like and so we are afriad of doing it.
This is the case when you start a new school, job, or do anything that you have not done before. But because of the fact that you will get to know it, that feeling will subside.
Anything that you are worried about, you should research into so that you have a little idea of what to expect before you do it.
Ask people to help you if you do not understand something. It is impossible to know everything and they should know this.
This applies to just about anything that you can think of that you have not done before.
If you are to do jury duty, it would mean that you have to sit with some other people in a court case, in which you would look at the evidence of a suspected convict. Here you would try to work out if he is guilty or innocent.
If you are not capable of doing this, I would think that they would exempt you, after all if you cannot manage, you would not be any good to a court.
This may be useful in trying to understand what may lie ahead of you. I always try to find out about anything that I feel stressed about in the way that you mean.
people ONLY do jury duty when they are registered to vote. If you don't register to vote, then you will never be required to do jury duty.
To answer your question, it is unlikely that you will have to do jury duty or be drafted--even if the draft is reinstituted. Your autism will likely keep you from serving in the armed forces--at least in any combat capacity, and yes, you can be recused from jury duty if your doctor thinks the situation will cause you too much distress.
Now to answer your worries. I am blessed with a son who also has high-functioning autism, and while I know every individual is different, I also know that folks with autism share many characteristics. I suspect, for instance, that despite common perceptions (or misperceptions), and despite what you may have been told, you probably have many emotions besides worry. You may manifest them differently from others, or feel them at different times, but they are valid nevertheless.
And besides, if you do have a less emotional, more rational approach to situations, you would be a valuable member of any decision-making body, including a jury. I don't recommend you not register to vote, because your voice needs to be heard.
As for your many opinions, who among us doesn't have strong opinions that we know are right? Most of us only pretend to think another point of view is valid; we really think we're right and others are wrong. You just don't have the mental equipment for such deception. Good for you, I say.
If the time ever came that you wanted to serve your country, but combat isn't a good option, there are many ways to offer your support to the cause, whatever the cause may be at that time. Please remember that you are a capable individual who can do anything asked of him, but may need to find the appropriate way--one that's just right for you--to do it.
Good luck with everything! I know you can succeed at anything you choose to do!
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