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.

Paige and Clare's Story

Paige, who has type 1 diabetes, was a college sophomore, happily settled in a university dorm and doing fine. Then, a scary incident changed things. A teammate on Paige's college team noticed that she had not shown up for practice and rushed to her dorm. Paige had experienced a severe episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and was unconscious. Luckily, Paige got help in time. But, to avoid a similar episode in the future, she needed to figure out other living arrangements. But, the school was going to charge a $1,000 penalty for leaving her dorm before the lease was over. Page and her mother, Clare, contacted the American Diabetes Association for help.

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Hayle Doyle Story

Haley Doyle was diagnosed with diabetes halfway through her freshman year at the United States Naval Academy. After learning about this diagnosis, the Navy recommended that Haley be "separated" (dismissed) from the Academy. Feeling that she had been treated unfairly just because she has diabetes, Haley reached out to the American Diabetes Association for help. She learned about her rights and refused to take no for an answer from the Naval Academy.

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Lance Paoli

Lance Paoli had been successfully handling his own diabetes care at school for several years. But, at the beginning of his sophomore year in high school, a new school principal started a policy that no longer allowed students to self-manage their medications, or even carry their own medical supplies at school. Lance's mother, Susan, felt that Lance's health would suffer during the school day under this new policy. So, she contacted the American Diabetes Association for help!

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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