Story by: Norton Children’s on January 13, 2023
After your child receives a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis, you may wonder, “What about school?” Developing a Section 504 plan for diabetes that formalizes your child’s needs is part of federal law that gives students the right to receive the diabetes care they need to be safer and participate in school activities.
Providers with Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute offer specialized education and care for children and young adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Steps that you and your child’s diabetes care team with Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, a part of Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, can do to coordinate your child’s care:
Many people spend family night having dinner or playing games, but for the Chrismans, family togetherness also involves glucose monitoring and changing insulin pumps.
Read the Chrisman girls’ story
Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other state and federal laws, outline the legal protections for children with diabetes. If your child attends private or religious school, accommodations may be provided at the discretion of the school and is not protected under federal law. According to federal law, public schools should provide:
Schools should not:
Under Indiana law, non-health care professionals are allowed to provide diabetes care. Additionally, if a school has a child with diabetes:
Under Kentucky law, non-health care professionals are allowed to provide diabetes care.
Reviewed by Paul S. Hiers, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist with Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine