Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Inconsistent Type 1 Care at Schools

Courts in the United States have long recognized diabetes as a “disability” that requires legal protection. In 2008, Congress affirmed the principle that public school children with diabetes are protected under the law. That protection mainly comes in the form of reasonable accommodation for diabetes care during the school day.

However, those principles are being tested at the state level and in individual schools and school districts. We’ve tracked challenges to Type 1 diabetes care in public school systems in the U.S. and Canada in these five stories:

-We explore the case of Owen Pollard, a preschooler with Type 1 who couldn’t get diabetes care from school staff in two Seattle preschools. When the Pollards relocated to Maine, they found a public school where Owen was welcomed. We write about what a difference it makes to have a school system that’s proactive on diabetes care.

-We continued our series with a closer look at Maine and the patchwork of state laws which either authorize or prohibit a non-medical school employee to carry out diabetes care.

-There are states, such as New Hampshire, where there’s some grey in the law when it comes to in-school diabetes care, but not enough to guarantee care if a school nurse is unavailable.

-Diabetes mom Elizabeth Moreau of Ottawa discusses how inconsistency of diabetes care in schools is a problem in Canada, as well as in the U.S.

-It was through a reader that we learned of the expulsions of two North Carolina children, including one with Type 1, from a well-heeled church-affiliated preschool. The school claims it is exempt from the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

We will continue to follow this issue as new tests to the law emerge. If you have a story to share of diabetes care in school, either good or bad, please email our editor, Craig Idlebrook, at cidlebrook@epscomm.com.

Thanks for reading this Insulin Nation article. Want more Type 1 news? Subscribe here.

Have Type 2 diabetes or know someone who does? Try Type2Nation.

Jim Cahill is a former staff writer for Insulin Nation and a former editor of Type 2 nation.

Related Articles

6 Comments

  1. 875333 133909Following examine a couple of with the weblog posts on your internet website now, and I really like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website record and will probably be checking back soon. Pls take a appear at my web page as effectively and let me know what you think. 145754

  2. 659136 157883The electronic cigarette makes use of a battery and a small heating aspect the vaporize the e-liquid. This vapor can then be inhaled and exhaled 491809

  3. hi!,I really like your writing very a lot! share we keep
    up a correspondence extra approxiimately your post onn AOL?
    I need an expert on this area to unravewl my problem.

    May be that’s you! Looking forward to look you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button