Is Type 1 considered a disability?
Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:03 PM
Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:10 PM
I've had type one for 26 years and have never considered it a disability and never in my life would allow it to become one.
●Type 1 diabetic since 11 months old
●Pumper since December of 2002
~Animas IR 1000 (Dec. 2002 - Jan. 2005)
~Animas IR 1200 (Jan. 2005 - Jan. 2009)
~Cozmo 1800 (Jan. 2009 - ?)
●Dexcom Seven+ (Aug 1, 2009 - Oct 31, 2012)
●Dexcom G4 (Nov 1, 2012 - ???)
Diabetes is an Art, NOT a Science. You must master the control by skills and not by knowledge alone.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:13 PM
“I don't expect everything to be handed to me. Just set it down anywhere.”.
diagnosed type 1 October 1986
currently using Medtronic MiniMed
Revel 723 with CGMS CLEAR
Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:14 PM
so may not be a disability in the total sence of the word except for severe complications.
quinipril- 5 mg day
my lipid profile is finally amazing.
I LOVE YOU!
Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:50 PM
Since I've got that under control I think of it as a pain in my rear. Kind of like my kid sister. Nah I like her better.
Sorry I don't know the law and HOPE I never need to.
Levimir & Novalog MDI
Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:25 AM
Mum to Samuel, born 09 Sept 2011 and James, born 10 Feb 2014
Latest HbA1C: 5.8%
Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:18 AM
IMO it is there to stop discrimination. But the moment you start to appear less capable than anyone else that could do the job then you will be discriminated against, laws or not. And there are some jobs where the discrimination is right for the greater good.
Before you throw things, consider this.
I have good warning signs of hypos, and I blood test often. Even with this, I will still occasionally go low at a time when it is incovenient to me (I'm due in a meeting etc). In my job, it means (at worst) a 5 minute delay whilst I sort my head out. It's a pain in the rear end but it's not a deal breaker and I'm good enough at what I do to outweigh the 5 min delay in the wrong place that happens on very rare occasions. It has never lost me business and I'm confident enough to ensure it has no real impact on what I do.
If I was an air traffic controller, my 5 min inconvenience could be far worse. It's why there are certain jobs that you get discriminated against with full support of the law. I don't like it but I can see the reasoning.
Posted 31 May 2009 - 02:49 AM
I've had this discussion with the Disability Rights Commission in the UK - the exact wording for defining a disability is something along the lines of a physical or mental condition which if untreated would impair your ability to work. I spoke to an advisor on the phone about this because I was applying for a job that would advance you in the interview pool if you had a disability. I wasn't sure whether I did (because diabetes doesn't stop me doing anything), but she pointed out that if I wasn't treating my diabetes, I'd be dead. And that might impair my ability to work.