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Attention Parents of Children with Diabetes in California:
Immediate Action Needed to Make Sure Your Child is Safe at School

As many of you are aware, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) have been working for many years to improve the diabetes care available to students in California's public schools.

Many of you have worked with ADA and DREDF to successfully resolve your child's individual school problems.

Yet, for many students, and in many California school districts, serious problems remain that jeopardize both the safety and educational opportunities of our children.

To resolve these problems statewide, ADA sponsored legislation aimed at making glucagon available to students experiencing severe hypoglycemia and to allow students who are able to self-manage their diabetes to do so wherever they are in conjunction with a school activity. Then, last fall, ADA joined with several families to bring a lawsuit in federal court. ADA is represented by DREDF and the law firm of Reed Smith. The goal is to make ALL California schools safe for students with diabetes. This lawsuit is currently pending and the parties are engaged in settlement negotiations.

In order to resolve this matter in a way that meets the needs of all students with diabetes in California including yours it is important for us to hear from you. Please let us know:

  1. Does your child's school implement the insulin regimen that your doctor recommends at school and during field trips and extracurricular activities? If your child needs help, is there a trained staff person available for all needed blood glucose checks and all scheduled and correction insulin doses?

    (Please note that your doctor should not have to change the regimen she or he thinks is best for your child nor should a parent or guardian be required to come to school or school-activities to check blood glucose or administer insulin.)

  2. Is there a trained staff member available to administer glucagon at school, on field trips, and during extracurricular activities?

  3. If your student is able to self-manage all or some diabetes tasks, is he or she permitted to do so at any place and at any time?

  4. Is your child having any other problems with diabetes care at school?

Please contact Lisa Murdock at ADA at (800) 676-4065 extension 7415 or via email at with your responses.

Also, please help us to get this message out to all California families of students with diabetes by passing it on. Thanks!

March 24, 2006

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