By liveforlovedones Latest Reply 2008-06-09 09:41:30 -0500
Started 2008-06-03 03:12:06 -0500

I am newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I have been through three jobs since trying to get my life on track, and I find when I am doing things the way I am told I feel a little better, but I am also finding out that people have started treating me differently which really puzzles me. I do know that diabetes is not considered a disability, however when I have gone for job interviews I have actually been treated very poorly as soon as people find I am diabetic. One example, I relocated to a small town in Nebraska and I went to the temporary agency to work through them, three months after signing up I called them asking them why they have not sent me out. They had not even checked my references to be able to put me to work, and the lady in the office invited me to feel free to go apply for jobs on my own. They knew I had diabetes cause it is something I am up front with because eventually it will be hard to hide. In short I guess people around me make me feel I am disabled and make it hard for me to get anywhere, I have been working a part time job for a few months now making 6.25 an hour with no end in sight, Does anyone else experience any of these things?

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gogobob 2008-06-09 09:41:30 -0500 Report

what they are doing is against the ada. I would report them to the local disability agency. Remember we have rights. become proactive not reactive. I am a advocate for fulton county and we are working on changing things here remove all the barriers that we can unfornately I am disabled and can no longer work due to diabeties, 3 bad disc and parkinsons. However that has not stopped me from working for the rights of all disabled so write your localagency which is most likely thru the govners office. I can remember before 1990 ada bill and was turned down for several jobs that I was ready for and tested above the hiring standards.

Anonymous 2008-06-09 05:58:38 -0500 Report

I have other problems besides diabetes. When people see me using a scooter in the supermarket and try to help, I am more often not irritated, as I hate the condition that my body has placed me in. I feel the the asthema is from many of the pollutants that I have been exposed to while living in New Jersey. I am the first in my family too have asthema, and the only one still living here. I am distressed that handicapped people are treated as third class citizens.

Dancehawk 2008-06-09 08:44:19 -0500 Report

I feel bad now, cause when I see someone in a wheel chair or scooter I offer help, I do it out of compassion, I have a brother who is in a wheel chair, He has dibetic, emphazeama spelling, cancer, and a crushed spine.
I put myself in the persons shoes, I am short and I know how hard it is for me to reach top shelves and it has to be even harder for ones in chairs.
I think folks do it cause, if they were in that scooter or chair they would hope someone would help them.
You are not giving up independance your gaining a positive world were ones want to help.
I would fel bad in my heart if I did nt offer when I saw someone and did nt offer.
There have been times where Ones were very thank ful and a few times I couldnt reach what they needed I would get my hubby to do it he is over 6 feet tall.

Yes I know what your going through on job it is extreamly hard to find one have you thought about your own shop?
I have a friend who opened a consinment store in her garage, childrens and baby clothing and furniture, another is doing used furniture, shes refinishing the wood cleaning the fabric and selling from her home.
It is a thought.

Good luck and I hope things get better.


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