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  Children with Diabetes: Focus on Technology

A Regional Conference and Expo
February 1-3, 2013
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Crystal City, Virginia

You may register on site

Bolusing is easy, even for kids

CWD kids use the latest technology -- including nicely decorated OmniPods

Continuous glucose sensors are an important tool

Why Focus on Technology?

Diabetes technology changes in the blink of an eye. Every day, it seems there is something new to read and learn about. How can one possibly stay on top of the information? And how can a parent decide what new technology is important enough to add to an already tried and true diabetes management regimen? What technology should a newly-diagnosed person consider? How will the new insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors work?

We hope that the Focus on Technology conference will help you and your family gain a better understanding of the technology currently available to people with type 1 diabetes, as well as technology which may be coming shortly down the road. We also hope to motivate you to try an insulin pump or consider a sensor if you never have!

Some very exciting faculty will be joining us from across the United States. There will also be discussion groups as well as lots of other opportunities to connect and have great conversation and idea-sharing at coffee-breaks and meals!

Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference. Pricing information is online on our Registration Page. Note that pricing information is provided for families and individuals, as well as for additional adults such as grandparents who might be joining a family. Registering for the conference is a separate process from making hotel reservations - please make sure that you do both. Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself.

Experts Who Can Help

CWD has invited some of the top experts in the diabetes industry to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available during meals and breaks for more personalized discussion with moms and dads. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. It's a great opportunity to network, share ideas, and interact with CWD's most wonderful and caring professionals!

In addition, for elementary age kids, tweens, and teens, there will be special sessions just for you all day Saturday. One area in the conference center is for kids ages 6-9, one area is designated for kids ages 10-12, and a third area is designated for teens. These sessions are fun and activity based - they will not focus on 'just diabetes,' so they are fine for sisters, brothers, and friends to attend! Please note that a child must be in their specific age-group; no exceptions.

We offer childcare on Saturday for potty trained children ages 3-5. No separate child care registration is required.

Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian with them in the building during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children should not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.

The Program

The program is designed to offer a variety of educational sessions all day Saturday, with a closing keynote on Sunday following breakfast. There will be sessions for adults with type 1 and parents of children with diabetes, school-age children (ages 6-9), tweens (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). During some sessions, there will be a choice of three speakers. Sessions will end on Sunday late morning. Participants who would like to continue to visit and interact with other CWD families are encouraged to stay for the day and enjoy the many attractions that the nearby Washington, D.C. area has to offer.

The Conference Venue

The Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel is now accepting reservations for the CWD Focus on Technology weekend. Rates are $119 per night for king or double-double rooms. There is a fitness center and an indoor pool on site. The venue is connected to an underground mall and to the Metro for easy access to Washington, DC attractions. There are many restaurants and shops nearby. You may call 703-920-3230 for reservations or use their online reservation form. Be sure to please specify that you are with the Children with Diabetes conference. The room block will be held until January 15, 2013. In order to receive the special rate, you must make reservations before this cut-off.

Note that there is a conference registration fee per family and that reserving a room does not register you for the conference. Rates vary according to the date of registration. Please refer to the website for details.

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations prior to January 1, 2013 will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee. After January 1, 2013, no refunds are available.

For More Information

Contact Mike Schurig for more information: or phone 407-859-9630 Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

For information about sponsorships or exhibitor space, please contact Laura Billetdeaux at , or call 734-428-8265 from 9-5 eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Special Guest
Sebastien Sasseville

Sebastien Sasseville, the first Canadian with type 1 diabetes to reach the summit of Mt. Everest and member of Team Type 1, will be a VIP Guest at Focus on Technology.

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