Puget Sound Family Link
American Diabetes Association Family Link is a program helping families that have children with diabetes make connections, get educated and get involved in the fight to Stop Diabetes® through year-round opportunities including educational events, fun get-togethers and more! Family Link is the umbrella for all Association youth and family programs.
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Local Family Link Programs
Thank you to all of the families and volunteers that came out to the 2013 American Diabetes Association Family Retreat on June 15, 2013.
We can't wait to see everyone in 2014!
Children with diabetes come to Camp Sealth for the exciting outdoor activities, like archery, canoeing, hiking, campfires and much more. They leave camp with a better understanding of their diabetes through shared ideas and experiences with their fellow campers. At Camp Sealth, leading medical professionals from the local community provide all medical care for children with diabetes. Through education, exciting activities and camaraderie, summer camp helps campers increase self-confidence, learn new skills and improve diabetes self-management.
2013 Camp Sealth took place on July 31-August 5, 2013. Keep an eye on www.diabetes.org/adacampsealth for more information on next year's camp session.
Safe at School
Children with diabetes can face challenges in obtaining adequate care in schools and day care centers. The Association helps families navigate this often overwhelming arena, informing parents about children's rights in public and private schools through educational workshops, resource materials and expert advice. The Association is here every step of the way; from education to negotiation to legislation.
Thank you to everyone that came out to the Safe at School workshops in Tacoma and Seattle! Let us know if your child faces ANY challenges in the classroom.
Teen Leadership Council
Members of the Washington State Teen Leadership Council (TLC) act as leaders and volunteers in local Association programs and events while learning to inform and educate the community and the government about the serious toll of diabetes. Teens, aged 13-18, advocate at the state legislature for increased federal funding for diabetes research and prevention, improved health care and insurance coverage and an end to discrimination based on a person's diabetes. These teens also, with support of TLC mentors, develop their own programs and events to support the diabetes community. This groundbreaking program helps teens build self-esteem, improve public speaking skills and meet new friends affected by diabetes.
Teens interested in applying to join the TLC and adults interested in serving as a teen mentor can find out more about the program by contacting Justin at email@example.com.
Calendar of Family Link Events
- December 13, 2013 — ADA Family Link Cooking Class, Redmond, PCC (details to come)
- Winter/Spring 2014 — ADA Family Retreat, TBD
- April 5, 2014 — American Diabetes Association Expo, Seattle, WA
- May 10, 2014 — Tour de Cure, Chateau St. Michelle
Events are announced regularly. Please check back often.
Get Your Free Everyday Wisdom Kit!
Have you received your free Wisdom Kit? The Wisdom Kit is a free designed to help families of children with type 1 diabetes live with diabetes everyday! Order your free kit today by visiting Everyday Wisdom or calling 1-800-DIABETES.
Online Resources for Families
For Parents and Kids Check out all of the Association's online tools and information for parents and kids including Planet D, Safe at School, Everyday Life tips, and much more!
Online Community Looking to connect with other families dealing with type 1 diabetes? Visit the community and browse The Place for Parents, Teen & Young Adults and the other forums specifically designed for you!
Planet D A fun place for kids to explore more about diabetes, learn new things about themselves and connect with new friends.
Safe at School Online tools, videos, powerpoints and much more teaching parents of children with type 1 diabetes how to keep them Safe at School. Also includes important free resources for school staff and information on how to create a 504 plan for your child/student.
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