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Date: July 2015
Topic of Article:
Arkansas Law Keeps Kids Safe in School
Type of Education Case:
A new Arkansas law allows trained school employees to help students with diabetes care

Imagine having to leave work every day to give your child with diabetes insulin during school. Imagine your child left at school while the rest of the class goes on a field trip. Imagine missed recesses and skipped after-school activities.

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Date: July 2015
Topic of Article: Girl Denied School Bus Ride
Type of Education Case:  American Diabetes Association legal volunteer works with family and school district to get the student back on the bus
State: MS 

In September 2014, an elementary school girl in Mississippi’s Yazoo County School District was denied access to her school bus because of her type 1 diabetes.

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Date:  January 2015
Topic of Article: 
Diabetes and Child Care
Type of Education Case:
 How to keep kids with diabetes safe in child care settings

Young children with diabetes, like many kids in the United States, may require child care. Programs that are “public accommodations” open to the public or that receive federal funds cannot refuse to accept your child just because he or she has diabetes. 

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Date: August 2014
Topic of Article: Safe at School Legislation in Texas: Life is better for children with diabetes.
Type of Education Case: Safe at School legislation; trained school staff; access to diabetes care at school
State: TX

Liam Rhodes, Shayne Wormsbaker and Sarah Myer live in Texas, a state that passed a law in 2005 to protect the rights of children who have diabetes. Now, their parents, as well as others in similar situations, have a feeling of comfort sending their children to school each day, because the schools are safer for children who have diabetes.

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Date: June 2014
Topic of Article: The Day Care Dilemma: How to Fight Child Care Discrimination
Type of Education Case: Access to diabetes care in preschool
State: HI and other

Steven Mein had attended preschool since he was two years old – then was diagnosed with diabetes and, as a result, denied care at a preschool on a Hawaii military base. Steven's parents fight for a change in policy and say they "never want another parent to feel so helpless." Children with diabetes have a right not to face discrimination just because of that diagnosis. Refusing to accept a child based on diabetes alone is considered discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Date: May 2014
Topic of Article:  How the ADA Supports Travelers’ Rights
Type of Education Case: Air Traveling with Diabetes
States:  Nationwide

Getting through airport security with diabetes can be a pain. Katharine Gordon, director of the Legal Advocate Program at the American Diabetes Association, works with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to make it a little easier, safer, and more pleasant for all.

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Date: April 2014
Topic of Article: Planning Ahead to Ensure Safe School Outings for Children with Diabetes
Type of Education Case: Children with Diabetes & Field Trips
States: FL, WI

It is important to plan ahead and address school field trips in a child's Section 504 Plan. An ideal 504 Plan will cover all school-sponsored activities. When that plan is in place and a field trip is scheduled, it is suggested that parents/guardians:

  • Touch base with the person trained in diabetes care who will attend the field trip.
  • Talk to the child about his/her responsibilities and comfort level on the field trip.
  • Do not feel pressured to attend each field trip.

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Date: February 2014
Topic of Article: 
Advocate Karmel Allison Grabs the Spotlight
Type of Education Case: 
Affordable Care Act
Washington, DC

Diabetes Advocate and blogger Karmel Allison stood behind President Obama in October  as he addressed the nation about the Affordable Care Act.

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Date: August 2013
Topic of Article: Victory Lap
Type of Education Case: Negotiating 504 Plans
State: AZ

Arizona passes a Safe at School law that protects the rights of students with diabetes; Caleb and Gabe Garrelts.

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Date: August 2013
Topic of Article: Lessons Learned
Type of Education Case: Negotiating 504 Plans
State: PA

Legal Advocacy Subcommittee Chair, Alan Yatvin, helps the Shekalus and Subury families pursue 504 plans.

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Date: August 2012
Topic of Article: Safe at School
Type of Education Case: Failure to Provide Care
State: DC

Loretta Taylor's mother, Latesha, was told by her daughter's District of Columbia (DC) public school that, whenever a nurse was not in the building, her daughter would have to stay home from school. Loretta had to go home so many times for her diabetes that she was cited for truancy. She was also kept home from a field trip because no one could attend and watch out for her.

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Date: November 2011
Topic of Article: Two-Wheeled Advocacy–Marcus Grimm
Type of Education Case: Administering Insulin and Glucagon
State: PA

Marcus Grimm of Lancaster, PA took a creative advocacy tack and bicycled to representatives' offices to encourage them to support a bill in PA that would permit non-medical trained staff to administer insulin and glucagon.

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Date: November 2010
Topic of Article: Safer at School
Type of Education Case: Diabetes School; Testing Blood Glucose in Class
State: FL

Jared Milligan, age 4, was told he could not attend his local school in Jacksonville, FL because there was no one there to help him manage his diabetes. For two years, his mother drove to his school to administer insulin so Jared could stay in that school. The American Diabetes Association (Association) worked to help pass a law in Florida that forbids segregation of kids with diabetes.

State: NJ

Kenny Rodenheiser wasn't able to test his blood glucose in class in his NJ high school, often forcing him to choose between his health and his education. A law in NJ now allows students to self-manage their diabetes in school.

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Date: March 2010
Topic of Article: Diabetes in School; Plan Ahead–Shane Reynolds
Type of Education Case: Missing Class to Test Blood Glucose/Setting up 504 Plan
States: VA

Shane Reynolds missed a lot of class, and his grades suffered, because he had to go to his school's front office to test his blood glucose. His mother contacted the Association, and then worked with his school to set up a 504 Plan. Afterward, he didn't have to miss as much class and his grades improved.

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Date: June 2005
Topic of Article: Safe School Teen
Type of Education Case: Accommodations on the School Bus

Student was disciplined for eating crackers (to treat his low blood glucose) on the bus, after a field trip.

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  • Last Reviewed: April 27, 2016
  • Last Edited: May 3, 2016