Describing travellers with diabetes

By VoyageMD Latest Reply 2011-07-12 09:10:17 -0500
Started 2011-07-09 01:23:34 -0500

On my VoyageMD website I have ben collecting information provided by major airlines and travel companies related to travelling with diabetes. I am focusing mainly on travelling with insulin. In my view most of the information is of poor quality. Some major companies actually include diabetes related information under the headings "Disabled" or for travellers with "Disabilities". One even provided a link to info for wheelchair users. I have also noticed the adjective "diabetic" is used frequently. Are people OK about this?

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-12 09:10:17 -0500 Report

I usually say I have diabetes. But if someone says Diabetic when refering to me it is no big deal. I have been called worse things.

jayabee52 2011-07-09 12:22:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Voyage, WELCOME to Diabetic connect!

According to the americans with disability act ("ADA") Diabetes is now listed as one of those disabilities under which people have protection. So it is recognized by the federal govt. as a protected disability. see the discussion here:

Here is something found in that discusssion worth noting:

I have just used an airline to travel from my home in Las Vegas to Detroit where I rented a car to drive to my family's farm in Nw Ohio. Because I have a limited walking distance I use the wheelchair service in the airports. I don't think I could do it without this service. It makes my travel much better. I'll be making the reverse trip on 7/26.

As far as what to call me with my condition, I PREFER the term "person with diabetes" (PWD) because I am a person, not a diagnosis. However I don't get TOO bent out of shape if someone calls me diabetic. I try to use the PWD term whenever I refer to myself or another PWD. However sometimes I slip and call someone a diabetic. Old habits die hard. If someone calls me a diabetic, I know what they mean, but if I need to respond to them I just reply with the termonology I prefer.


lmkilday 2011-07-09 14:25:54 -0500 Report

It will take time for people to change their way of referring to people with disabetes. If they have been using the word "diabetic" for years, they aren't going to start calling us "people with diabetes" overnight.

jayabee52 2011-07-09 23:14:21 -0500 Report

I know that. In fact I sometimes slip. But if we are consistent as we can be as to how we refer to ourselves, how can we expect others to correct the terminology.

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