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Federal & State Laws Protecting Children & Adults with Diabetes in:

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Have a question about diabetes discrimination?

Post your question to IOH's "Ask the Lawyer" Jeffrey I. Ehrlich; father of a child with type 1 diabetes, and an appellate attorney specializing in diabetes discrimination legal issues.


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Federal Laws Protecting Persons with Diabetes
in Colleges & Universities


Understanding Your Rights in Colleges & Universities

Section 504

Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits schools and child care facilities (as well as many other institutions and businesses) the receive federal funds from discriminating against people on the basis of disability, and this does include private schools.

According to Wright's Law:  

    Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education. The child may receive accommodations and modifications.

    Unlike the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 does not require the school to provide an individualized educational program (IEP) that is designed to meet the child's unique needs and provides the child with educational benefit. Fewer procedural safeguards are available for disabled children and their parents under Section 504 than under IDEA.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans With Disabilities Act is also a civil rights law that protects students with disabilities, including those with diabetes.  This law protects students in both public and private school settings --  unless the school is run by a religious entity." Courts have found that children with diabetes are covered by BOTH the ADA and Section 504 laws.

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The IDEA is the federal law that funds special education services for children with disabilities.  According to Francine Ratner Kaufman, MD, head of the division of endocrinology and metabolism at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, in order to qualify under the IDEA, "a student's diabetes must impair his or her ability to learn so that the student requires special education."  Children with diabetes may suffer cognitive problems when blood glucose levels are either too high or too low. They may benefit from simple accommodations like not having to take tests when glucose levels are abnormal, or being permitted to have a snack during long exams.


Resource and Information Links About Higher Education & Diabetes College

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities - US Department of Education

Help for College Students with Disabilities Flyer. College-bound students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information about their disability and accommodations so professors want to help. If students master these skills, they are more likely to make a successful transition from high school to college.

You may also be interested in Islets of Hope's Scholarship information page.

   

 

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