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[IPn] (Fwd) California Assembly Bill 481

If you are not a California resident, don't bother to read this.

A few minutes ago, this note from the American Diabetes Association
was forwarded to me. Since you were all children once, or have
children with diabetes, this may be of interest to you.

email @ redacted
------- Forwarded Message Follows -------

Sept. 5, 2002
Urgent Action Needed:
Contact Governor Davis and Urge Him to Sign AB481

Last week the California State Senate passed Assembly Bill 481, which
offers children with type 1 diabetes who attend California public
schools a measure of support to keep their diabetes under control
while at school. The bill, which was sponsored by the American
Diabetes Association with strong support from the California School 
Nurses Organization, requires school administrators to be trained to
administer diabetes blood glucose tests and diabetes medication if
there is a child with diabetes attending their school. Under AB481,
teachers are also allowed to volunteer to be trained to assist
children with diabetes.

The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Gray Davis for his
signature. He has 30 days to sign the bill into law or veto it. We
need to flood his office with communications of support - your phone
calls, faxes or emails will enable us to demonstrate the support we
need to get the Governor to sign this bill. Make no mistake, just
because the bill is on his desk does not guarantee his signature. When
Gov. Davis had a similar bill on his desk two years ago to he vetoed
it. Let's not let him do that again.

This bill has the potential to be a life-saving vehicle for the
approximately 15,000 school-age children with Type 1 diabetes in
California. Currently there are very few school nurses and
inconsistent policies for the provision of medical care.  The result
for children with diabetes are schools in which the environment is
discriminatory, not conducive to learning and medically unsafe because
they are not able to meet even their most basic medical needs.

Assembly Bill 481 aims to improve conditions for children with
diabetes while at public schools in California.

AB 481 requires California public schools to:
1. Allow Blood Glucose Testing in the Classroom
2. Offer Supervision and Assistance with Blood Glucose Monitoring 3.
Allow Immediate Access to Low Blood Glucose Treatment Supplies 4.
Provide Assistance with Insulin Injections if Necessary 5. Train
School Personnel to Administer Glucagon

Often times a parent is required to provide all medical care for their
child with diabetes.  For many, this means quitting a job so that they
can be at school or risking losing one due to frequent absences.  For
many it means choosing to forego blood glucose testing and/or insulin
injections during the school day.

Your Support Is Urgently Needed To Get This Bill Signed Into Law.
Contact Gov. Davis' office today to urge him to sign AB 481 to help
children with diabetes in California.

The Honorable California Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 445-4633
Email:  email @ redacted

  For More Information, Contact the American Diabetes Association at
(800) 828-8293 ext. 7415
For mail list removal write
website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org