Hot Topic: Are we considered disabled?

By Kittiebitty Latest Reply 2017-01-14 14:15:11 -0600
Started 2017-01-09 11:11:59 -0600

I've been filling out job applications and one page comes up where they want you to list your disabilities. One of the things you can mark off is being diabetic. Wether or not you want to mark down any can off illness at all is not my point.

Is being diabetic a disability at all?

12 replies

Bardot 2017-01-14 14:15:11 -0600 Report

Okay, never thought of my illness as a disability but you're so on point. I once had to excuse myself from a meeting because my A1C was low. Great Topic!

Vhm 2017-01-13 16:47:27 -0600 Report

Under the law in the US, yes, diabetes is a disability. Certain T1 and T2 and arguably gestational diabetes, too. Whether or not a diabetic identifies as having a disability, or believes they are disabled, is up to them.

Vickie77 2017-01-13 12:15:26 -0600 Report

I have had diabetes for about 10 years but I was in denial. Because of that denial I did not make changes to get better. I have diabetes because I didn't take care of myself. I do not look at it as a disability I see it as neglect of myself.

BAZININJA 2017-01-09 23:55:46 -0600 Report

Seems that there are several ways to look at it: Diabetes is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. So in legal terms, the answer is yes. Another way is that some individuals with diabetes qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Both of these rely on objective criteria to make that determination. But another way to look at it is whether a given individual considers himself to be disabled from a quality of life perspective. It's up to each of us to decide that for ourselves.

suecsdy 2017-01-09 21:31:26 -0600 Report

I have a friend who assumed that having diabetes made me disabled and that I could collect disability.. I told her I'm not disabled, I just have diabetes. I may bitch about it, but that doesn't stop me from doing things, or mean I'm not taking care of myself.

Type1Lou 2017-01-09 14:56:43 -0600 Report

I never considered my diabetes to be a disability. I took steps to manage it and have, so far, after 40 years with diabetes, been able to avoid those nasty complications that may lead to disability, IMO. I frequently worked 10 and 12 hour days and traveled a good deal for my job, prior to retiring. My opinion is that diabetes, in and of itself, is not a disability.

haoleboy 2017-01-09 12:25:35 -0600 Report

I am disabled, not directly from diabetes (but it sure didn't/isn't helping)
asking about disabilities is illegal in the US
according to the EEOC:
"If you are applying for a job, an employer cannot ask you if you are disabled or ask about the nature or severity of your disability. An employer can ask if you can perform the duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. An employer can also ask you to describe or to demonstrate how, with or without reasonable accommodation, you will perform the duties of the job."

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