Common Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Diabetes

Examples of common reasonable accommodations for individuals with diabetes

  • Breaks to check blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, eat a snack, take medication, or go to the bathroom
  • A place to rest until blood glucose levels become normal
  • The ability to keep diabetes supplies and food nearby
  • The ability to test blood glucose and inject insulin anywhere at work
  • If requested, a private area to test blood glucose or administer insulin
  • Modifications to no-fault attendance policies
  • Leave for treatment, recuperation, or training on managing diabetes (you may also be entitled to this under the Family and Medical Leave Act)
  • The opportunity to work a modified work schedule or to work a standard shift as opposed to a swing shift
  • For individuals with diabetic neuropathy (a nerve disorder caused by diabetes), permission to use a chair or stool
  • For individuals with diabetic retinopathy (a vision disorder caused by diabetes), large screen computer monitors or other assistive devices

You may need other accommodations. These are just some examples.

View the Diabetes Technology Accommodations in the Workplace factsheet.

Reasonable accommodations are any modifications or adjustments to a job or work environment that enable qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions.

Reasonable accommodations also include adjustments to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities have rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.

The important thing is for you and your employer to discuss your individual needs.