Andrés Alba Story
Eleven-year-old Andrés Alba of Elburn, Illinois has a strong interest in math and science. The Illinois Mathematical and Science Academy (IMSA) offers an all-day summer camp that fits the wishes of students like Andrés who want to learn more about science, math and technology. Andrés wabted ti attend a week-long IMSA camp this summer, but hit a stumbling block because he has type 1 diabetes.
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.
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.
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.
Kamdyn Wilds' Story
Eight-year-old Kamdyn, who has type 1 diabetes, was enrolled in an after school Boys & Girls Club program. On her second day, there was a minor situation where her blood glucose level fluctuated a bit. This issue was resolved, but a regional Boys & Girls Club Service Director decided that Kamdyn posed a safety risk to the program. At 8:30 p.m. that night, her mother, Chelesa, received a call and was told that Kamdyn could not return to the program the next day.
Vaughn Christian Story
Vaughn Christian, who has type 1 diabetes, was looking forward to attending camp in the summer of 2015. Then his mom, Kira, got a message from the camp saying that he could not attend because "we are not equipped to handle a camper with diabetes."
Micaiah Ardianto's Story
Three-year-old Micaiah Ardianto, who has type 1 diabetes, attended a local Head Start program in Yamhill County, Oregon. The school had a medical care policy that they felt did not allow them to care for his diabetes. This meant that Micaiah could not attend school without a parent there to do so. Micaiah's mother, Breeayn, works in the special education field, so she understood the laws that protected children in similar situations. She knew something didn't seem fair. She contacted the American Diabetes Association for help.
Nico Gast's Story
Jodi Gast, of Hollywood, Florida, was told that her six-year-old son, Nico, had type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis meant that Jodi and her husband had to make changes, including daily trips to Nico's school to give him insulin. Nico was also not able to participate in after-school programs and activities, because nobody was available to care for his diabetes. Then, teachers and other school staff volunteered to be trained and things are now on track.
Ella Burns' Story
Six-year-old Ella Burns, who has type 1 diabetes, was registered and ready to start an after school program (in the Snohomish, WA School District) for home-schooled children. Then, the weekend before her first day, a school nurse called and said that the school could not care for Ella's diabetes. That meant that Ella could not attend the program.
Four-year-old Marissa was happily attending a Head Start preschool program in Philadelphia. This publicly funded program was a calm and safe place for Marissa to be during the week, since her family was struggling with health and financial issues. Her dad uses a wheelchair and her mom had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. So attending this program was good for Marissa and good for her family. School was a place where she could learn, have fun and play with other children. But everything changed after Marissa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.