Is Diabetes a Disability?

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

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 10/06/2011 02:23 PM

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FatCatAnna

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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.

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
Kamakazie pilots - that's another story in itself!!!).

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!

I wonder how other folks outside of North America feel about diabetes being considered a disability. Is it just an American problem?


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!
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AmariT

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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.

I have mixed opinions, so I'd love to hear from others.


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