SOS Diabetes is a parent-led effort that began in February 2014. Three years later, we are still urging the Ontario Minisry of Education to develop a policy that will ensure students with type 1 diabetes get the support that they need while at school. This despite the fact that there is overwhelming public support for such a policy. Read this assessment from Diabetes Canada (March 27, 2017): Many provinces falling behind when it comes to supporting children with diabetes
We’re mothers and fathers of children and youth with type 1 diabetes. We struggle with sending our kids to school, wanting them to be safe and supported. In the absence of a province-wide policy that sets standards for supporting students with type 1 diabetes, it’s not easy. We want to change that. This is our vision of an ideal future:
- The Ontario school system supports and protects students with type 1 diabetes, working with families to ensure students’ diabetes is well managed and that they have the fullest possible school experience, regardless of their age or treatment regimen.
- Parents of students with type 1 diabetes feel supported and confident sending their children to school, whether they are entering the school system for the first time or going back to school after a diagnosis.
In a 2016 report called Are We Doing Enough?, the Canadian Paediatric Society rated each province and territory on policy related to the management of type 1 diabetes in school. Ontario, with no policy, received a rating of “poor”.
Why is this issue so important? Read what some parents have to say:
- Fighting to keep children safe at school: (Globe and Mail, November 2014)
- How to make Canadian schools diabetes-safe: (Insulin Nation, December 2015)
Here’s what we’re doing to help:
- We’re advocating to school boards and the Ontario government for better policies around management of type 1 diabetes in schools.
- We’re sharing information with parents to help them communicate with schools.
- We’re collecting parents’ and students’ stories to document what’s happening in Ontario schools, to highlight the differences across the province and better understand where improvements need to be made.
For more information, or to get involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re all volunteers, but we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.
You can also join the conversation on Facebook. Send a request to “Support Ontario students with type 1 diabetes” to be added to the group.
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