A Regional Conference and Expo
October 2-4, 2009
Marriott San Diego La Jolla in La Jolla, California
CWD teens like Kara embrace the latest in diabetes technology, like the OmniPod
Kenny uses a DexCom sensor ...
... and Monica uses a FreeStyle Navigator
CWD kids proudly wear their insulin pumps on their belt and some wear their infusion sets in their arm
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?
Try an Insulin Pump
Come to the conference and try a pump! This is a great opportunity for potential would-be pumpers to try a pump using saline. Anyone interested in wearing a pump (with saline) may do so Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at the conference. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "insulin pump trial with saline."
This opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly. For more information and to schedule an appointment with a specific pump company, contact the following individuals:
Valerie Valentino at 484-568-1225 or [email protected]
Sharilyn DeCrastos at
Doug Burns, diagnosed at age seven, is an international fitness consultant having guest spoken at national health forums, senate hearings, children's health camps and radio and television programs. He has competed for over twenty years as a strength and fitness athlete having won the Mr. USA, Mr. California and Mr. Universe titles. He's won six Powerlifting Championships and held Sate, Regional and American Records. Doug authored The Diabetes Antidote and appeared in numerous publications from Muscle & Fitness to The New York Times.
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. You can also try an insulin pump or a continuous glucose sensor, thanks to our generous partners and sponsors.
Some very exciting faculty will be joining us from across the United States. Sessions will include:
- Focus on the Future: Balancing Between Here and There
- Technology 101 (for Newly-Diagnosed Families)
- Kids, Sports, Pumps, and Sensors
- Pumping Basics
- Sick Day Management
- It's Not Just a Numbers Game
- Using Advanced Pump Features
- Making Sense of Sensor Data
- Picking the Right Infusion Set and Sensor
- Carb-Counting Using Advanced Pump Features
- ... and more!
There will also be discussion groups for moms and dads, and 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.
Please note that the last 5 conferences have sold out – early registration and early hotel reservations are suggested.
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 both Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Teens will start in ice-breaker and discussion groups in the morning. It is likely that they will head off-site on Sunday. Some pocket money for incidentals or snacks should be provided by parents. Any teen with diabetes going off-site must have a meter, insulin, and glucose along with them!
Please note that elementary and tween sessions are for all children, not just those with diabetes. Sessions will include games, a Scavenger Hunt, arts-n-crafts projects, pool time, and other 'active time!' There will be some discussion about taking care of diabetes and some discussion about insulin pumps and sensors. There will also be time with our special guests such as Doug Burns. We try to 'play it by ear' with our younger group, and follow their lead as far as what is interesting and exciting for them to do at any given time of the day.
We will have childcare 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 is designed to run several sessions simultaneously during most of the weekend. There will be two-day educational tracks for adults and parents of children with diabetes, school-age children (ages 6-9), tweens (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). During some sessions, parents will have a choice of two speakers. Sessions will end on Sunday late afternoon. Participants who would like to continue to visit and interact with other CWD families are encouraged to stay over Sunday night and relax poolside or enjoy the many attractions that La Jolla and San Diego have to offer.
The Conference Venue
The San Diego Marriott La Jolla is located in La Jolla, California, approximately 10 miles from the San Diego airport. This property offers some wonderful space to CWD participants including plenty of meeting room accommodations for all age groups, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, several restaurants, a sports bar with big screen TV, pool tables, air hockey, and video games, and a state of the art fitness center. Single and double room rates are $150 per night plus tax. Rollaways are extra. Each room offers wireless high speed Internet. The Westfield Shopping mall - a pedestrian mall with over 200 shops and restaurants - is a short walk from the hotel.
To make your room reservation, please call 858-587-1414. Identify yourself as being with the Children with Diabetes conference. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the room block will be held for CWD until September 1, 2009.
Fun Things To Do
While the hotel is situated away from the beach, it is only a short drive to the Village of La Jolla, beaches, beach-front restaurants, the Birch Aquarium, Balboa Park, and other San Diego and La Jolla destinations. It is well worth spending an extra day sight-seeing if you are from out of town and can take the additional time. And don't forget your swimsuits!
Cancellations prior to September 1, 2009 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. After September 1, no refunds are available.
For More Information
Contact Mike Schurig for more information: [email protected] or phone 407-859-9630 Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.
La Jolla 2009: Focus on Technology Introduction - Registration - Program - Youth Program
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