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[IPp] please help
The school district's solution is unacceptable, but decisions like this are
being made all over the country in the misguided effort to "better"
accommodate children with disabilities in schools. And, they are being
fought all over the country. My advice to you is to contact the American
Diabetes Association, ask for the school advocate, and, if this doesn't work,
ask for Crystal Jackson. The ADA is helping to fight cases such as yours by
training non nursing personnel in schools with no nurses to handle aspects of
diabetes care, (did so effectively in Loudon County, Virginia) At the same
time, I'd contact your local Office of Civil Rights and file a complaint.
These folks are working together with the ADA to fight this type of
discrimination. They brought the suit against Loudon County together with
Jackson and the ADA. By the way, do you have a 504 service contract? These
don't work perfectly, but they outline the services your child will get at
school due to diabetes, considered a disability legally. When the process
fails, you have recourse to mediation (a slow process) or due process,
although these vary from state to state. Often, the district will settle
before going to due process, or to court, because filing a complaint puts
them on notice that you will not be dissuaded from your request.
There are also national advocacy groups with state offices. Look up the
legal links at our website. They can help you clarify the issues, and may
provide an advocate to go to meetings with your district people.
I hope this helps
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