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From Arizona, USA:

Can a person with diabetes be prevented from being hired as a firefighter?


Yes, a person can be prevented from being a firefighter if they are taking insulin. It depends on the local and state policies for the fire agency. I know there are still blanket bans preventing people with diabetes from participating in many careers.

These bans are typically legislated at the state and local level, but the Department of Justice has recently ruled that these laws are incongruous with the American with Disabilities Act. "Rather than blanket bans the Justice Department has suggested that states rigorously asses people with diabetes who use insulin on an individual basis for diabetes control before deeming them ineligible for a job." (ADA, 1998.)

"The American Diabetes Association has a long-standing policy against blanket discriminations based on having diabetes and in support of considering on a case by case basis. The Association's position is that, with minor accommodations and precautions, people with diabetes pose no greater danger in positions from which they have been traditionally banned than any other individual. In 1996, the Association used this argument to convince the FAA to end a 37 year blanket ban on insulin requiring private pilots. The Association plans to continue identifying and overturning discriminatory blanket ban laws against people with diabetes." (ADA, 1998.)

Reference: Editor, "More Blanket Bans Overturned", ADA Professional Section Quarterly, Summer 1998, page 12. For copies call (703) 549-1500, extension 2274, Elaine Ackerson.


Original posting 26 Oct 1998
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