How will you Stop Diabetes? The furture is in your hands.

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Diabetes

How will you Stop Diabetes®? The future is in your hands.

During American Diabetes Month®, become one of the thousands of Diabetes Advocates who stand up for the rights of people with diabetes.

Meet Tracy and Jared Milligan, two Diabetes Advocates who stood up against school discrimination in Florida.

When our son Jared went to enter kindergarten, we were told he could not go to his neighborhood school unless a parent came every time he needed insulin.

If a parent couldn’t be on call constantly, then Jared (like every other child with diabetes who couldn’t yet self-manage his disease) was going to be sent to 1 of only 5 specified schools in the district. That meant the school district refused to help children with diabetes at 98 elementary schools in my district, reserving just a few for kids with diabetes (what we came to call “diabetes schools”).

We knew it wasn’t right.

We turned to the American Diabetes Association and together with diabetes health care professionals, attorneys, and grassroots advocates, fought for fairness for Florida’s kids.

The result was passage of a state law that protects students with diabetes including ending the discrimination that Jared faced. And for this little five-year-old, Jared was able to go to school with other children in his neighborhood.

This November, become a Diabetes Advocate and take action to find a cure, improve access to health care, end discrimination and Stop Diabetes.

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