5 posts tagged “ADA”

Working with a condition: Your rights and options for sharing with your employer and taking leave

Posted July 28th, 2017 by

Have you ever struggled with managing your health condition(s) while holding down a job? Or worried about missing too much work because of your unpredictable symptoms?

Team of Advisors member Hetlena (TheLupusLiar) is living with lupus and is very interested in the topic of balancing work with a chronic health condition. She helped us develop these infographics, which apply to people with any medical condition.

Sharing about your diagnosis at work

Do you need to tell your employer? What can and can’t they ask you about your health? What role should your human resources department play? Find out in this infographic.

Working with a chronic condition

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(If you want to go deeper into these topics, here’s a good resource with answers to more questions like this.)

Work leave rights, at a glance

This infographic helps explain work leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the American Disabilities Act (ADA) – and how they can cover you when going to work isn’t possible because of your condition.

Work rights with a chronic condition

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If you’re looking for more than an intro to the FLMA and ADA, you can find the full details here.

On PatientsLikeMe

More than 51,000 members have listed “working with my condition” as an interest on their profile, and there are hundreds of discussions about work and jobs in the forums.

Have any experience with (or questions about) work leave or working with your condition? Comment here or join the community to take part in the conversation.

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Are you at risk for diabetes? Take the test

Posted March 24th, 2015 by

Listen up: if you’re living in the United States, there’s about a 1 in 3 chance you’ll develop diabetes over the course of your lifetime. But there are many ways you can lower your risk, which is why the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recognized March 24 as Diabetes ALERT! Day. Today is about raising awareness for not only those living with diabetes, but those who can still make lifestyle changes to avoid developing it.

Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions in the United States – in 2012, over 29 million Americans (almost 10 percent of the U.S. population) had some form of diabetes (learn about types of diabetes here).1 It’s also estimated that in 2010, 86 million citizens aged 20 or older had prediabetes, which if left untreated, is likely to develop into type 2 diabetes in less than 10 years. Check out the infographic below for a quick snapshot of diabetes in the U.S., courtesy of the ADA and CDC.

Today, take the ADA’s type 2 diabetes risk test and share it with your friends, family and colleagues. It only takes a few minutes to answer the multiple-choice questions – you never know what you or someone else might discover from the results. And don’t forget to highlight your participation on social media through the #DiabetesAlert hashtag.

Many PatientsLikeMe members are living with diabetes – in fact, over 16,000 with type 2 and over 2,000 with type 1. If you’ve been diagnosed, join and share your experiences with the community.

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1 http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/