Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide, but have you ever wondered if it can be classified as a disability with the Social Security Administration(SSA) ? In this blog post, we’ll delve into the topic to understand the relationship between diabetes and disabilities. And, we’ll discuss how diabetes impacts peoples’ lives and whether those living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes qualify for disability benefits.
First, let’s grasp the basics of diabetes. It is a medical condition in which the body struggles to regulate blood sugar levels effectively. There are two main types: Type 1, which is typically diagnosed in childhood, and Type 2, which is commonly associated with lifestyle factors. While diabetes requires ongoing management, it does not always meet SSA’s criteria for disability status.
Is Diabetes a Disability?
In most cases, diabetes alone may not be classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. While diabetes can present challenges, such as the need for insulin or blood sugar monitoring, to be considered a disability by SSA standards, a person’s diabetes must significantly restrict their ability to perform work on an ongoing basis.
The SSA considers similar factors when determining if an individual qualifies for disability benefits under the SSDI or SSI programs. If your diabetes is severe, pervasive and prevents you from working full-time, you may qualify for disability benefits. However, there are exceptions and additional factors to consider.
Diabetes Exceptions and Accommodations
Some individuals with diabetes may qualify for disability benefits if the condition leads to other impairments that substantially limit their ability to work at SGA, short for ‘substantial gainful activity‘ levels. For instance, severe diabetes-related complications like severe vision loss or mobility issues related to amputations are likely to meet the criteria for disability classification.
Other individuals who are able to manage their condition with medication and receive reasonable accommodations at work, such as breaks for insulin administration or flexible meal schedules, may not quality for disability benefits. Medical records documenting symptoms and how individuals manage their condition as well as challenges faced in maintaining a full-time job are helpful when submitting a claim.
Embracing Diabetes Support and Education
Whether considered a disability or not, individuals with diabetes can benefit from seeking support and education. Connecting with diabetes support groups, healthcare professionals, and community resources can provide valuable information and emotional support. Properly managing diabetes, adopting healthy lifestyle habits, and staying proactive in self-care are crucial for leading a fulfilling life.
In conclusion, diabetes is not automatically categorized as a disability and eligible for disability benefits. However, certain circumstances, such as diabetes-related complications, may qualify individuals for disability benefits. Regardless of disability status, seeking support and staying informed are vital for effectively managing diabetes and improving overall well-being.
Winston-Salem Disability Lawyer
This content was provided by Collins Price, PLLC, a disability law firm headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC. For over a decade, we’ve been providing counsel and assistance to individuals at every stage of the disability process – from initial application to hearings and beyond. Contact us today for a free consultation on your SSDI or SSI claim – there is no fee for our services unless we win your claim.