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Re: [IP] Re: Discrimination at school

> Does anyone have any suggestions? Debbie, mom of TJ age 8

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hildren with diabetes require medical care to remain healthy. The need
for medical care does not end while the child is at school. Thus, 
whileat school, each child with diabetes must be allowed to: 

1.Do blood sugar checks 
2.Treat hypoglycemia with emergency sugar 
3.Inject insulin when necessary 
4.Eat snacks when necessary 
5.Eat lunch at an appropriate time and have enough             
   time to finish the meal               
 6.Have free and unrestricted access to water and the bathroom 
7.Participate fully in physical education (gym class) 
   and othe extracurricular activities,  including field trips 

The Laws

     The right of children with diabetes to care for their diabetes at
     school is based on the Individuals With Disability Education Act
     (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These
     laws provide protection against discrimination for children with
     disabilities, including diabetes. Parents can use these laws to
     ensure that, while at school, their children with diabetes can
     fully participate in all school activities, while at the same
     time caring for their medical needs. 

     Any school that receives Federal funding must comply with IDEA
     and Section 504 laws. A child need not require special education
     to be protected. 

     Taking Action Against Discrimination

     If you are faced with a school that does not comply with the
     School Bill of Rights for Children with Diabetes, you should
     first educate the school administration. Make sure they
     understand the laws and your child's needs. 

     Schools that still refuse to cooperate should be advised that you
     are requesting preparation of an Individualized Education Program
     (IEP) and a Section 504 Accommodation for your child. At this
     point, the school must meet with you to negotiate the special
     services that your child requires. You should begin with the
     entire list of services in the School Bill of Rights for Children
     with Diabetes. 

     If your school still refuses to comply with the School Bill of
     Rights for Children with Diabetes, you should file a complaint
     with your state's department of education. This is the first step
     in the process of litigation against your school system. 

     Your child has a right to care for his or her diabetes at school.
     The scientific data are clear on the value of maintaining
     glycemic control. Since there is no break from diabetes, there
     can be no break from the need to care for it. Time spent at
     school is no exception. 

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