Messaging Tools

Advocacy Spot Messages
Supports embedding "information spots" about advocacy resources and activities at Association events.

Advocacy Key Messages
For use in volunteer training on supporting advocacy message integrity.

Safe At School Display Ads
PDF files of 2 impactful Safe at School display ads that local market event committees can use in their program books or for use in other local print materials. 2 files are formated for half-page placement and 2 files are formated for full-page placement. Especially relevant for Father of the Year or Gala event programs.

Legal Advocacy Story Bank

Diabetes Discrimination Stories from Articles in Diabetes Forecast®

Sharing real examples of how diabetes discrimination affects lives is one of the most powerful things to do at local events and wherever there is an opportunity to increase awareness. In addition to the more locally-based stories that you spotlight, you are encouraged to also feature stories from this index. Each article is summarized, including the names of those most prominently-featured.

Success Stories

Sometimes people are treated unfairly just because they have diabetes. Read stories about some who have received help through the American Diabetes Association's Legal Advocacy Program.

Micaiah Ardianto's Story

Three-year-old Micaiah Ardianto, who has type 1 diabetes, attended a local Head Start program in Yamhill County, Oregon. The school had a medical care policy that they felt did not allow them to care for his diabetes. This meant that Micaiah could not attend school without a parent there to do so. Micaiah's mother, Breeayn, works in the special education field, so she understood the laws that protected children in similar situations. She knew something didn't seem fair. She contacted the American Diabetes Association for help.

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Nico Gast's Story

Jodi Gast, of Hollywood, Florida, was told that her six-year-old son, Nico, had type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis meant that Jodi and her husband had to make changes, including daily trips to Nico's school to give him insulin. Nico was also not able to participate in after-school programs and activities, because nobody was available to care for his diabetes. Then, teachers and other school staff volunteered to be trained and things are now on track.

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Ella Burns' Story

Six-year-old Ella Burns, who has type 1 diabetes, was registered and ready to start an after school program (in the Snohomish, WA School District) for home-schooled children. Then, the weekend before her first day, a school nurse called and said that the school could not care for Ella's diabetes. That meant that Ella could not attend the program.

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Read What Others Are Saying About the Legal Advocacy Program

"Without the legal guidance offered by the American Diabetes Association, this matter could have been ignored. But it wasn't ignored. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this program truly safe for every child who has diabetes." — Parent of child with diabetes

"I found you when I was at my worst and, if not for your help, I would have been lost." — Employee with diabetes

"I should have called sooner…I think I was being a little too patient. I am very grateful for your support and expertise in this area. I cannot thank you enough!" — Parent of child with diabetes

"Just wanted to tell you thank you for speaking with me last week regarding my patients and the suggestions you provided. I received the packet of information you sent me and will make it available to our patients." — Health care provider

"The Association is remarkable for standing up for the rights of people like me who have 'invisible' disabilities that people so often overlook. Thank you, American Diabetes Association, and your amazing Legal Advocates." — Employee with diabetes

"I am very thankful for the American Diabetes Association services to help families make sure their children are safe and treated fairly. I wish all parents caring for children with diabetes were aware of their rights." — Parent of child with diabetes

"I cannot thank you enough for your assistance through this ordeal. I likely would not be employed right now without it. I will use my first check to become an Association member and support your organization." — Employee with diabetes

"I should have called sooner…I think I was being a little too patient. I am very grateful for your support and expertise in this area. I cannot thank you enough!" — Parent of child with diabetes

"Thanks so much for all of your assistance. I can't tell you how much it meant." — Employee with diabetes

"I want to thank you for the time you spent visiting with me on the phone recently. It is extremely encouraging to visit with someone that understands diabetes and is willing to provide information regarding this disease… All of us involved appreciate your willingness to keep an open file. This is the first time the family has experienced a friendly relationship, and we sincerely appreciate your helpful attitude." — Advocate for inmate with diabetes

  • Last Reviewed: October 18, 2013
  • Last Edited: January 30, 2015