Diabetes1 Forumss


Topic Title: Is Diabetes a Disability?
Created On: 10/03/2011 06:09 PM
 10/06/2011 02:23 PM

Author Icon

[font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]I'm like you where I have mixed opinions as to diabetes being a disability. It seems to be more of a problem with folks in the USA - as I don't hear of it that often here in Canada. I know one of my friends who is a lifer like I am with diabetes has told me to use diabetes to my $$$ advantage. They had told me that travelling on AMTRAK in the USA you can get "upgraded" and get a discount (I may have misunderstood her here) on your fare ticket if you say you are "disabled" as diabetes is one of them (news to me). I travelled on VIA train system back in July - and asked about a discount - but there is nothing for "diabetics" or the issuing ticket agent wasn't up on things. Not sure.[br][br]I just know that there are a few Americans that do not omit to being diabetic due to discrimination in the work place, insurace, or drivers record. I've never personally done this in my workplace/drivers license (I fork out $100 every 2 years to get specialists to fill out forms for me to still drive - while 70 year old non-diabetics drive like [/font][url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamikaze][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"]Kamakazie pilots[/font][/url][font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"] - that's another story in itself!!!).[br][br]To me - I do not have a disability - if I was unable to walk properly due to amputation - then yes - I'd consider myself disabled - but hopefully with taking care of my health - that won't happen in my lifetime here on our big blue marble![br][br]I wonder how other folks outside of North America feel about diabetes being considered a disability. Is it just an American problem?[/font]
 10/03/2011 06:09 PM

Author Icon

[p=text-align: center;][img=200x196]http://newideas.net/images/americandisabilityact.gif[/img][/p][br][br]I'm curious what opinions other people have on this. In my experience, people with diabetes don't like to think of themselves as disabled or having a disability. But at the same time, I've seen a lot of stories in the news lately about people with diabetes being prevented--at work, in school, in public locations--from doing what they need to do to maintain their health, and when this happens the only protection, at least here in the U.S., is the Americans with Disabilities Act. [br][br]I have mixed opinions, so I'd love to hear from others.

From the BLOGS
Comment By ricvisa
more Blogs
By FatCatAnna

Posted: Mar 17, 2017
 Thanks for that Andre77 ... though in this area where you've posted "Type 1 Diabetes" - we already know we've got diabetes (50+ years for me).   DiabetesUK has a pretty good description of ...

more more Forums
Type 1 Diabetes Treatment
Learn more about the cause of type 1 diabetes and the role of insulin. ...
more more Featured Videos
Cost Savings Tool
Do you know the annual cost of managing your diabetes? Would you like to find ways to reduce your costs? Calculate your total budget and identify ways to save money. You can do this in just a few minutes by entering facts about the products you use. This quick analysis will provide you with a comprehensive overview of both spending and potential savings.

Cost Savings Tool
Monitor Comparison Tools
Blood glucose monitors offer an easy way to test your blood sugar at home or on the go. Use this comparison tool as a guide to learn more about the features and benefits of your current monitor or to find a new one.
Handheld Monitor Comparison
Continuous Glucose Monitor Comparison
Advanced BMI Calculator
Ever wonder if you are at a healthy weight? Then enter your height and weight in our advanced Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. This tool provides you with two important numbers reflecting the estimated impact of your present body weight and shape upon your overall health.
Advanced BMI Calculator
more Care Tools
Dr. Wayne Caputo

Dr. Wayne Caputo:

Simplifying Treatment of Diabetic Ulcers
  more Heroes
  nominate a Hero
  Hero policy
Home | About Us | Press | Make a Suggestion | Content Syndication | Terms of Service | Editorial Policy | Privacy Policy
Last updated: Jul 5, 2020  © 2020 Body1 All rights reserved.