Do you or your child experience discrimination from friends or family members because of having diabetes?
Yes, some but it doesn't really impact us
Yes, some, and it impacts us
Yes, a lot, and it impacts us a lot
We were recently diagnosed and it's too early to tell
I don't know
Total votes: 393
Do you or your child experience discrimination from friends or family members because of having diabetes?Poll dates: February 17 - 24, 2008
Total Votes: 393
In a perfect world, children and adults with diabetes would never face discrimination. They would never worry about being denied the ability to check blood sugars or inject insulin at school, never worry about being told they cannot go on a field trip because no one would watch over them, they would never worry about finding health insurance, they would never worry about not getting a job. But in reality, many people face this kind of discrimination everyday.
In our poll, just over half of our readers (52%) report experiencing no discrimination. About one-fifth (19%) say they experience some discrimination but that it really doesn't impact their lives. So the good news is that three-quarters of our readers (71%) report living without any seriously negative discrimination because of their diabetes.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that 20% -- one fifth -- of our readers report experiencing discrimination that impacts their lives, and 4% report that the discrimination impacts them a lot. Children often face challenges at school, where 504 Plans can help to make a difference. The American Diabetes Association also works to fight discrimination against children and adults with diabetes.
This table compares the result of this poll with the last time we've run it:[Return to the current poll]
Answer Feb 2008 Feb 2006 Feb 2005 No 52% 54% 44% Yes, no impact 19% 21% 21% Yes, some impact 16% 13% 22% Yes, major impact 4% 4% 5% Too early to tell 4% 4% 4% Don't know 3% 2% 1%
Last Updated: Sunday February 24, 2008 11:02:23
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