{Diabetes Awareness Month} Thoughts 12-18

by Leighann on November 18, 2013

Diabetes Awareness Month 2013Every single day during the month of November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, I will share a fact, tip, or thought across my social media channels: Twitter and Facebook.

Most snippets will be about 140 characters, the allowable length of a tweet. Some might be longer.

If you see one of them on Twitter or Facebook, please retweet or share to help raise awareness to your friends and family who may not know much about diabetes.

Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.

Read Thoughts 1-4.

Read Thoughts 5-11.

12. In many parts of the world, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in a child is a death sentence. Access to insulin and testing supplies is limited in some developing nations.

13. Insulin is not a cure for type 1 diabetes. It keeps people with diabetes alive, but it does not make it go away.

14. Annually, November 14 is World Diabetes Day. 11/14 is the birthday of Dr. Banting, who with Best, discovered insulin in 1921.

15. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in essence states that people with diabetes cannot be discriminated against because of their medical condition.

16. A 504 plan is a fluid document put in place in school to ensure that children with diabetes are given the same opportunities as other students.

17. The 504 plan at school plan spells out which staff members are trained in a child’s care and the accommodations must be made to keep the child safe at school.

18. Every school that receives federal funding must allow a child with diabetes a 504 plan. This includes private schools that get even a dime of funding.

Further Reading

Kids First, Diabetes Second Book

Diabetes Awareness Month Posts

World Diabetes Day Posts

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