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  Children with Diabetes: Focus on Technology

A Regional Conference and Expo
November 20-22, 2009
Renaissance Seattle, Seattle, Washington

CWD kids use -- and try -- the Navigator sensor

Even our youngest kids use insulin pumps

CWD teens like Kara embrace the latest in diabetes technology, like the OmniPod

CWD kids proudly wear their insulin pumps on their belt and some wear their infusion sets in their arm

Why Focus on Technology?

Special Guest
Robert Arroyo

Robert Arroyo, diagnosed at age twenty, is a former collegiate and professional water polo player. As Team Captain in his senior year at UC Berkeley, he led his team to the NCAA Championship Game after winning the MPSF Conference Championship and earning All-Conference honors. After college, he played for a Hungarian water polo professional team after playing his free agent period in Greece and Spain. He currently competes in Masters International Water Polo Tournaments and is an active speaker and supporter for Diabetes Organizations.

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

Disetronic/Roche Diagnostics
Sharilyn DeCrastos at
317-521-0268 or

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. 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! 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 on the 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. 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

The program is designed to run 5 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 Seattle has to offer.

The Conference Venue

The Renaissance Seattle is located at 515 Madison St. in Seattle, Washington on the corner of Madison Street and 6th Avenue. This is approximately 12 miles from the Sea/Tac International Airport. This property offers some wonderful space to CWD participants including plenty of meeting room accommodations for all age groups, an indoor swimming pool on the 28th floor, several restaurants, and a state of the art fitness center. Single and double room rates are $165 per night plus tax. Rollaways are extra. Each room offers high speed Internet, a 2-line phone with voice mail, cable TV, and a coffee maker with complimentary coffee. Within walking distance are the Waterfront, the Shopping District, and the famous Pike Place Market. Also nearby is the Monorail, which travels to the Space Needle and Seattle Center.

You may book online via their online reservation site ( with grroup code CWDCWDA). You may also call for reservations at 206-583-0300 or 1-800-546-9184. Please make sure to state that you are with the Children with Diabetes program. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 November 1, 2009 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. After November 1, no refunds are available.

For More Information

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

CWD's Focus on Technology Conference in Seattle is Sponsored By:
Abbott Diabetes Care Animas Corporation OmniPod LifeScan Novo Nordisk ACCU-CHEK sanofi-aventis

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