That sounds great. We’re a small campus (only about 5000 students in total), so we don’t have a disability office. We have an orientation week before term starts for new students, so I think it would be a case of having a group time scheduled on the program for diabetics to gather and eat and chat. Since I’m a staff member as well as a student, I’m here before term starts anyway.
I love your idea of getting graduated students involved, as well as those who are interested in working in the field. My university doesn’t have offer medicine, but I know of a psychology student who studied the adjustments to daily living needed by diabetics, and the pharmacy dept encourages their students to work with and listen to their patients. Perhaps I could contact them about it.
I really want to do some work with the actual university about the meals they offer, and finding or creating diabetic friendly options. I also want to talk to restaurants in town and get them to talk to their staff and be more sensitive when dealing with diabetics and their food issues. I’ve also thought about putting diabetics who live in town in touch, so that they can share cooking time and eat together if they want.