Rights of Houston Students with Diabetes

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.

The ADA works hard to educate parents and schools so that ADA - Safe at Schoolchildren with diabetes enjoy the same educational opportunities as their peers. Kathy’s presentation was part of that effort.

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.

A couple of handouts are attached here, but much more information is available on the ADA’s website – www.diabetes.org/safeatschool.