For the Kids
The 26 states listed below meet the three key tenets of the American Diabetes Association Safe at School® campaign: allowing unlicensed, trained school staff members to give both 1) insulin and 2) glucagon to students with diabetes as needed when a school nurse isn’t available and 3) permitting students who are able to self-manage diabetes to do so anywhere, anytime at school and school-sponsored activities. Is your state on the list? If not, note that 15 other states meet at least one of the three tenets. For both insulin and glucagon, there are additional states where the law is not as clear, but where unlicensed school personnel may be allowed to give glucagon and insulin to a child with diabetes. Read more about Safe at School successes and the benefits for kids, families, and schools.
If you feel passionately about supporting fairness, safety, and better health outcomes for people of all ages with diabetes, consider becoming involved as an ADA Diabetes Advocate. You may remember meeting some advocates in the July issue—they graced several of our pages. Visit diabetes.org/advocate to learn more.
Getting involved—through advocacy, learning, and friendly support—is one of my important tenets for living well with diabetes. For example, see "The Benefits of Learning as a Group" and "Peer Support Helps With Diabetes Control" for how finding and interacting with people who “get it” can empower us to strive for health and well-being.
Safe at School States
District of Columbia