One of Kathy’s volunteer hats is advocacy for people with diabetes. She currently chairs the national Legal Advocacy Sub-Committee of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In that role, she spoke last week at a gathering of Houston parents whose children have diabetes. The topic was the rights of children with diabetes in schools.
There are many ways in which knowledge of a student’s rights can make a big difference. For example:
- some schools are unaware that Texas law requires volunteer school staff to be available to assist children with diabetes;
- this requirement applies whether the student is in the classroom or on a sports team after hours and off campus;
- some schools are unaware of the importance of allowing children to take tests when their blood sugar is within its target range, even when a 504 plan makes that clear.
These are just a few examples. Whatever the issue, the ADA, and its advocates like Kathy and numerous others, stands ready to help students and their families.