The answer is yes, diabetes can be considered an ADA disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A recent decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has thrown the question of whether diabetes can be classified as an ADA disability into a broader light.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 7.2 percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffers from diabetes, which is a growing health epidemic. Many of these people struggle to find employment because they are diagnosed with the disease, and the ADA’s definition of disability states that being diagnosed with diabetes qualifies as a disability.
People with diabetes often have trouble finding employment. There are many reasons that people may not be hired for their jobs; some of which include:
• Not passing pre-employment drug tests
• Failing to complete medical exams
• Having a history of hospitalization
• Inability to perform certain tasks
• Being labeled as “unemployable”
However, if you do have diabetes, you can prove that you can get a job with this ADA disability report.
In conclusion, the answer is yes. As stated in the ADA, diabetes qualifies as a disability. The ADA defines diabetes as “a disease characterized by failure of the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin and by the presence of glucagon.” Other symptoms of diabetes include polyuria, polyphagia, polydipsia, and weight loss. If you have diabetes, you can apply for ADA benefits and the ADA has been known to grant benefits to people with type 1 diabetes. However, it is important to know that the ADA doesn’t have a specific list of disorders that qualify under the ADA, so it’s up to each case to be determined.
(For more blogs about diabetes, check this article: What is Type 1 Diabetes?)