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Disability discounts???

Discussion in 'Benefits' started by jemmaedias, May 12, 2018.

  1. delphan

    delphan Type 2 · Newbie

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    my gas and electric supplier gave me a £100 of my bill
     
  2. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My take is that type 1 IS a disability albeit one that can occur spontaneously or at any given moment. A low DOES disable you if you've not been able to catch it and when you get a really low one, you are not in control of yourself. That is disabling by anyone's standards. It is all fine when you are bumbling along between 4 and 7 or whatever but who knows when that will suddenly change despite all your best efforts. Even when your diabetes is being good you are constantly worrying about is it dropping/shall I test/shall I eat/shall I go to the shops on my own/shall I mention it to my work colleagues. I don't mean to sound hysterical but to me, it most definitely interferes with my daily life and requires constant monitoring and action, that disables me. I think it is a pretty unique disability in that you never know when it will hit, you can be wandering around that zoo and fall headlong into the elephant enclosure.
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The thing is Ally is that everybody is different. For those on medication that can drop them if you haven't got it exactly right, staggering about, talking nonsense and falling to the floor puts you at risk of serious injury and is most certainly a disability. My Mum's diabetes was never under control and every single day she was never able to go about freely without thinking about it, for her it was VERY disabling. I'm guessing that is why it is also classed a s a disability under the Disability act.
     
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  4. Birdwoman

    Birdwoman Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Why don't you talk to the zoo and explain your position as a student and the money side, on a lot occasions places like and for your study reasons will give a special deal. They may even include you in other activities too.
     
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    tomrose Type 1 · Active Member

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    From what I have read (prior to being diabetic myself actually!) I think being diabetic (type 1 or 2) is not classed as a disability, but some of the complications associated are classed as disabilities.
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    A very good article.

    I'd give them an easier way to determine IF that type2 sufferer is dis-abled.
    Can they still do the same they could when they were able.? And that it's diabetes which has changed or about to change that for them?

    A gymnast who stops being able to compete.. are they now disabled?
    Well they are for competing but doing their filing in an office fast than her colleagues due to her flexibility. No.

    Depends on the worker once could do the job but no longer can because of diabetes. I feel is a disability.
    Tired and thirsty are minor disadvantages in modern living but not enough to need adjustments but..... Hypoing a few times a day due to a bad insulin routine and testing to prevent more or Hypers until insulin use is more user friendly, then yes. A disadvantage.
    Mind u one type2 friend was downgraded from supervisor to railwaymen due to falling asleep at work in a period of not being diagnosed. Once he was diagnosed and medicated he appealed their decision and he was promoted again.
    No insulin therapy needed. Nor no hypos on his weak level of metformin.
    In fact the union reminded the company shift work may have contributed to his diabetes.
     
  7. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    I'm not aware of any discounts due to diabetes other than if any diabetes websites discount any merchandise in their on-line shops.

    Years ago a fellow diabetic who owned his own business decided to discount diabetics. On a whim.
    Because he could.

    I'm hoping to pay less in a restaurant for a meal after my op.
    Why should I pay the same price for a whole plate of food when I'll be eating an egg size portion?
    Toddler meals anyone. Ha ha
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I remember a friend of mine ordering a child size meal and paying child prices when we ate out at a hotel several years ago, so I do not see any problems for you not getting the same deal.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi, was that because of Diabetes or something else ?
     
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