Imagine being a child, excited to join a school trip with your peers, only to be sidelined because of a medical condition you didn’t choose. For children with Type 1 Diabetes, this scenario is all too familiar.

 

Whether it’s being left out of teams or events, disregard for life-saving technology like insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors, or something as simple as allowing a juice box to treat a low blood sugar in a classroom instead of forcing a child to make a 5-minute hypoglycemic walk alone to the health office; the psycho-social impact on these children is profound.

 

My phone has been going off several times a week this year with parents asking for guidance to navigate this difficult situation.

 

I’m finding it more challenging to find answers as I myself am perplexed as to why this keeps happening ­­– and more frequently.

 

This stigma obviously affects their child’s physical health, but the heartbreak is palpable.

 

How is it that we live in a place that is embracing technology faster than most places in the world – and every other article in my feed is about digital health and all the promises such devices bring – but many schools are not allowing it to keep our children safe?

 

I’ve written countless articles about Type 1 Diabetes at school over the years, but today it just hit me.

 

Our children deserve to use the technology that is available to them to improve their health and quality of life.

 

Denying access to care, or anything that supports their care is never acceptable.

 

As parents and caregivers, it’s our responsibility to advocate for our children’s rights to participate in all aspects of school life.

 

But we can’t do it alone.

 

We need educators to recognize the importance of inclusion, not just for physical health but for mental well-being, too.

 

Every child deserves to feel valued and included, regardless of their health challenges.

 

Additionally, we need regulators to provide clear guidelines and support for schools to ensure that children with Type 1 Diabetes are treated fairly and equitably, and have access to the supplies and technology they need to manage diabetes.

 

It’s time to bridge the gap between policy and practice, ensuring that no child is left behind due to discrimination or lack of knowledge.

 

Dear regulators and schools, can we please finally work together to break down barriers and create a school environment where every child with Type 1 Diabetes and any chronic condition feels safe, supported, included, and empowered to thrive?

 

Our kids deserve better. 💙

5 Essentials for Managing Type 1 Diabetes at School

Relieve some of the anxiety you feel whenever your child with Type 1 Diabetes heads to school for the day.

You'll find tips on educating the teacher and nurse, making emergency snack boxes, traveling on the school bus and more.


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