American Diabetes Association is a Joint Plaintiff in Lawsuit, Filed Today, to Fight Discrimination by Army Child, Youth & School Services Program
July 19, 2016
Lawsuit aims to strike down policy barring access to childcare, camp and before/after school programs for children with diabetes
The American Diabetes Association (Association) today joined a family in California as the organizational plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging a nationwide policy by the United States Army's Child, Youth & School Services (Army CYSS) program that continues to prevent children with diabetes from participating in Army CYSS programs. The policy prohibits Army CYSS staff from administering insulin or glucagon and from assisting with carbohydrate counting, which effectively excludes all children with diabetes from access to Army CYSS programs.
The lawsuit was filed today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California by Disability Rights Advocates on behalf of the Association and the family. The litigation asks the court to order the Army CYSS to change its current policy so that children with diabetes may participate safely in Army CYSS programs alongside their peers.
"When barriers like this Army CYSS policy prevent children and individuals with diabetes from receiving the services they need and equal access to programs that should be accessible to everyone, the Association stands up on their behalf to fight for fair treatment under the law," said Kevin L. Hagan, chief executive officer of the Association. "We are filing this lawsuit on behalf of all people with diabetes affected by this policy – both those seeking to attend Army CYSS programs now, and those who will be eligible for this benefit in the future."
The Army CYSS operates numerous childcare programs including summer camps and before- and after-school care activities on its bases around the world. Access to these programs is particularly important for Army families, as they often live on bases far from family support and other childcare options, or they may have work schedules outside of traditional childcare operating hours.
While many other private and public child care programs – including other military programs – have policies ensuring access for children with diabetes, the Army CYSS program has yet to update this discriminatory policy. This lawsuit is the latest in a series of measures the Association has taken in recent years to educate the Army CYSS about the discriminatory nature of its policy and effect change on behalf of families of children with diabetes who have been denied access to the Army CYSS programs.
Case documents and updates about this case will be posted online at diabetes.org/armylitigation.
About the American Diabetes Association
Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)