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Back to School with the DRI

by Diabetes Research Institute on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 11:41 am on T1 Diabetes Cure - Global Headquarters and Diabetes Research Institute Facebook pages.

Happy DRI Thursday, Friends!  With so many parents' attention turned to back to school issues right now, we thought we would take a hiatus from research news this week and provide some useful info on this topic.

Many parents with a child with diabetes worry about their children in school – about not being with them all day and who will care for him/her in their absence.  But some of that anxiety can be relieved by being prepared.  There are volumes of resources available to help.  The DRI Foundation has created a short and concise brochure that can be personalized to each child and kept on file for the easy access of individuals who comes in contact with your child.  A Guide for School Personnel and Child Care Providers contains need-to-know information on how to deal with insulin reactions, and much more.  You can view, download and print copies by copying this url into your browser: http://media.diabetesresearch.org/GetInvolved/Other/SchoolBrochureFINAL.pdf

Or you can order your free brochures by emailing us at info@drif.org or calling 800-321-3437.

Additionally, Kellie Rodriguez, MSN, CDE, CPT, director of patient education at the DRI, offers her need-to-know Top Tips for Safety at School here: www.DiabetesResearch.org/SafetyatSchool.

Another important resource for many parents combatting the day-to-day challenges of life with diabetes in the family has become the DRI Foundation’s PEP (Parents Empowering Parents) Squad.  As one member said, “These people understand; they speak the same language. “   On the PEP Squad’s Facebook group wall, there are constant discussions underway.  You can follow along or participate by joining this group at http://tinyurl.com/PEPsquad.

You can also sign up to be a DRInsider in order to receive our PEP Talk e-newsletter, which covers family issues, daily challenges of diabetes, tips, opportunities to connect and more. It’s quick and easy to register here: https://www.diabetesresearch.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=498&tab=1

The DRI offers more advice in this brochure, called Diabetes at School: http://www.diabetesresearch.org/page.aspx?pid=605

And a sample Section 504 Plan can be downloaded here: 
http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/schools/504-adanasndredf-2007.pdf

We hope this information helps to reduce the stress you may be feeling as your kids head off to school, and we’re wishing you all a wonderful school year.  Don’t forget to become a DRInsider at www.DiabetesResearch.org so you can receive news you can use all year long!

 

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