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.

Kiara's Story

Kerry Harrison's 11-year-old daughter, Kiara, has type 1 diabetes. Kiara recently faced an episode of low blood glucose while riding the bus. Although she keeps glucose tabs in her backpack, on that particular day, Kiara didn’t have enough available. The bus driver pulled over and a fellow student gave Kiara a juice box to help. Kerry took this as a warning sign—it might happen again, and she needed a plan to help her daughter in case it did. Kerry contacted the American Diabetes Association for help.

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Ashlynn's Story

Nine-year-old Ashlynn had participated in Santa Monica's CREST program since she was five, including track and field and volleyball. But in April 2015, Ashlynn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Due to fear of a lawsuit, the CREST program would not train its staff to administer glucagon. After that, to ensure her care if glucagon was needed, Ashlynn could only participate in the program when her mother could also be there. Audrey, a working mother, could not attend every CREST activity, but wanted her daughter to have full access. So she contacted the American Diabetes Association for help.

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Kevin's Story

Kevin, a seventh grade student from Encinitas, California, has type 1 diabetes. Kevin needed a 504 Plan established to ensure that he received the accommodations he needed at school and equal access to school-related activities. The school administration denied the 504 Plan because they said Kevin's grades were "too good." His mother, Sandy, contacted the American Diabetes Association for help. After confirming that Kevin had a legal right to a 504 Plan, and collaborating with others, Sandy was able to work with the school to have a 504 Plan set up that will cover Kevin through high school.

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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