American's With Disabilities: New Regulations

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-04-04 01:36:33 -0500
Started 2011-03-29 07:37:43 -0500

I have been seeing in the news that last few days that the new ADA regulations will be adding several chronic conditions to the list of what will qualify for disabilities and thus make employers provide appropriate accommodations for these employees. Diabetes was one on the list along with about 6 others.

What would be the "accommodations" you would like to see to help make your daily efforts easier at the work place? More allowed time for doctor visits? A quite and private place to inject your insulin? Freedom to test when and where ever you need to?

12 replies

patch12 2011-04-04 01:36:33 -0500 Report

One problems with diabetic freindly foods in the vending machines are that they can upset your digestive system. They need to be a fruit with added sugars, or what companies use as a substitute for sugar. They also need to lower the soduim contents of their products which raise blood pressure.

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-04-04 00:13:44 -0500 Report

Knowledge is power, who gets the power is a double edged sword. I had people share things that turn out to be less power for them, (not a medical thing). I choose to keep things to myself mostly. I do think the food selections and definately privacy to medicate are essential.

MoeGig 2011-04-03 19:31:50 -0500 Report

I guess I take the other side of the argument. I'm out of the closet. I tell my co-workers and boss of my illness and don't hesitate to demurely test my sugar or take a shot. One low blood sugar episode, the CEO of the company called 911, and I spent time in the paddy wagon recovering. Went back to work and apologized for the disruption. Explained that this is a rare occurrence and I believe it didn't affect me negatively. To make businesses stock items in the vending machines that don't sell is, I think, too much regulation, and I think businesses have too much regulation already. Sorry, I'm sure my post is counter to many here, but that's what I believe.

larry A
larry A 2011-04-03 16:05:04 -0500 Report

I would like to see meals for the those of us that have employers that provide meals for it's workers be diabetic friendly

northerngal 2011-04-03 12:41:48 -0500 Report

Federal law says employers HAVE to make "reasonable accomodations". If that means time for injections or privacy, thats perfectly reasonable. If its keeping snacks at your desk when it otherwise isn't allowed, thats also reasonable. Specific times for a break or basically anything that doesn't interfere or impede normal activity is reasonable. You'd be surprised how many accomodations would be considered reasonable. I'd work with them and explain why you need to do so. Hopefully, they'll be willing to work with you and help all they can. It's better for them to have healthy productive employees and, face it, very few know anything about diabetes. Now is your chance to inform them. Everyone knows at least one person. Probably many more than one. Others are sometimes afraid to ask because they have the same outdated information about it being a death sentence and a horrible disease. You have a chance to prove that WRONG! This is all from peronal experience! Any further help you might need, please let me know.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-03-30 14:50:25 -0500 Report

I was pulled into HR a few months ago to go thru this. Had to also have a note from my doctor telling everything I needed for my disabilities!! What a pain. and I know they are only doing this to cover their butts...!

jayabee52 2011-03-29 12:54:32 -0500 Report

Those sound like good accomodations you suggest Gabby.

One other I'd like to see is having some diabetic friendly foods in the vending machines or in the cafeterias.

dawnalbert 2011-03-29 15:35:29 -0500 Report

that would be incredible, especially where I work. They "promote" being healthy but the vending machines are loaded with either high sugar or high carb foods. I usually take my lunch so I know I'm eating right, but there are some days when running late that that isn't possible and then I'm stuck knowing that I will have to eat poorly for lunch and snacks.