The always informative New York Times Health section has another article which caught my eye. The focus of this piece is Type 1 Diabetes in the young, and how these children are often denied the opportunity to participate in field trips and school sports, and in one example barred from attending certain schools…
“Unlike Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and inactivity, Type 1 is an autoimmune condition that leads to destruction of cells in the pancreas, which normally produce the insulin needed to regulate blood sugar.”
Catherine E. Lhamon, the assistant secretary in the federal Education Department’s civil rights office is quoted in the article as saying:
“Without question, we do continue to see discrimination against students with Type 1 diabetes in schools in ways I find distressing. We see schools that say, ‘We can’t serve you because you have a disability.’”
With dwindling support from school budgets for school nurses, and an inability (or unwillingness) amongst some schools to monitor blood sugar or administer insulin injections, this article highlights a very real problem for children with Type 1 diabetes. You can read the full article by clicking HERE.