Critical Information for parents, teachers, and administrators of students with diabetes

Growing children, even high schoolers often have a difficult time managing glucose levels because of the influx of hormones, gym class, academic stress, after school sports and the dietary make up of school lunches.

According to the American Diabetes Association, “Federal laws that protect children with diabetes include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1991 (originally the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975), andthe Americans with Disabilities Act. Under these laws, diabetes has been considered to be a disability, and it is illegal for schools and/or day care centers to discriminate against children with disabilities. In addition, any school that receives federal funding or any facility considered open to the public must reasonably accommodate the special needs of children with diabetes.”

Indeed, federal law requires an individualized assessment of any child with diabetes. The required accommodations should be provided within the child’s usual school setting with as little disruption to the school’s and the child’s routine as possible and allowing the child full participation in all school activities.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) encourages the use of a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) so that medical instructions are clear for educators when needed. You can find an example plan at

For more information with the opportunity to ask questions, the JDRF sponsors a back to school conference:

JDRF’s Back-to-School Conference


Everything you need to know about creating a safe learning environment for students with diabetes.
For parents/caregivers, school administrators & staff including teachers,
support personnel (lunch room aides and bus
drivers), and school nurses!

August 9, 2011
2011 Club Venetian, 29310 John R Road, Madison
Heights, MI

August 16, 2011
Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike,
Perrysburg, OH

August 23, 2011
Walnut Hills Country Club, 2874 E. Lake Lansing Rd,
East Lansing, MI

Program Hours (each site): 6:00PM-8:00PM

Students with type 1 diabetes need a strong support network at school to help them manage their diabetes.

JDRF is here to help!

Hear presentations from Certified Diabetes Educators:
Diabetes Basics • Educational tools and templates • The ‘team’ approach to keeping students safe

Receive information from JDRF:
School Advisory Toolkit • Health Care Providers Toolkit • Service & Support Programs

Visit the diabetes vendors in the exhibit area:
Roche Diagnostics, Medtronic, Solara Medical Supplies, Nova Biomedical, Animas, Novo NordiskQuestions?

Contact Denise Pentescu at or 248-936-1284

JDRF’s Back-to-School
Registration Form
Fax to: 248-355-1188 or
Online at:
(If you email your registration, include all the
information requested below in the text field)

I will attend:
____ Aug. 9 – Metro Detroit/Madison Heights ____ Aug. 16 – Perrysburg, OH ___ Aug. 23 – Lansing
Contact Name_________________________________________Title ______________________
Email __________________________________________ Phone_________________________
School Name (if
school employee) _________________________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip ____________________________________________________________________
Free Return form no later than one week prior to event date to reserve your seat! Free
On-Line at

You might find that the schools information pact from would be useful for all teachers and childrens’ workers.

IDDT (Insulin Diabetes Dependent Trust) has produced a very good pack for teachers etc about diabetic children and they will send this out to anyone who is interested. If you got one or two then you could, I am sure reproduce it.

Thank you. I will pass this on to JDRF.