Legal Advocacy Program
Have you been treated unfairly because of your diabetes?
We are committed to ending discrimination against children and adults with diabetes. If you are being discriminated against at school, work, by the police or in correctional institutions, or in public places, you can get help from the American Diabetes Association.
The first step to request assistance is to call us at 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383). A representative from the American Diabetes Association Center for Information and Community Support will send you a packet of information and a form to request help from one of the Association's legal advocates. Return the form to us and a legal advocate will contact you to discuss your situation.
The Association's legal advocates are lawyers who specialize in diabetes discrimination issues, and will help you understand the law and your legal rights. A legal advocate will provide strategies for exercising your rights, give you tools to use to advocate for yourself and negotiate a resolution of your problem, and guide you through the legal process. In certain cases, we may be able to refer you to a local lawyer to help you negotiate a resolution or to represent you.
"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
"Knowing that there are people willing to help makes a big, fulfilling difference in my life. It is good to know I am not alone and that I have you in my corner." ~ Worker with diabetes
"It feels very good to go to bat for a cause backed up with solid legal and moral righteousness. Thank you for your time, looking into this matter, and for supplying me with a nice, solid platform to begin our negotiations." ~ Parent of child with diabetes
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