Diabetes care in schools inconsistent across Canada



    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association is calling on
Provincial governments to enact legislation that would require all publicly
funded schools to accommodate and protect students with diabetes, severe
allergies, epilepsy or asthma while attending classes or any school activity.
    In response to the needs of parents seeking help to work with school
staff and administration to ensure their children's medical needs are
addressed while attending school, the Canadian Diabetes Association developed
proposed legislation called the Individual Medical Care Plan for Students with
a Life Threatening Illness.
    "There continues to be an absence of consistency in policies and
regulations to support children with type 1 diabetes attending schools all
across the country," said Karen Philp, Vice President, Public Policy and
Government Relations, Canadian Diabetes Association. "Partnerships must exist
among the student, parents or caregivers, teachers, and school administration
to provide a positive educational environment for children with diabetes."
    Building on the precedent set by Sabrina's Law in Ontario, the Canadian
Diabetes Association proposes provincial and territorial legislation that
ensures schools boards require comprehensive individualized medical plans for
students who are living with a life threatening illness, including diabetes.
    Except for New Brunswick, there are currently no provincial or
territorial policies, regulations or legislation requiring school boards or
schools to require all schools to accommodate and protect students with
diabetes or other life threatening illnesses while attending classes or any
school activities.
    "Children with diabetes spend 30 to 35 hours a week in school," said
Philp. "Parents or caregivers, students and teachers must be clear and
confident in their roles and responsibilities to support these children."
    Children with diabetes may experience blood glucose "highs" or "lows"
that can seriously impair their academic performance. School personnel should
recognize this cognitive effect and provide reasonable accommodation.
    The proposed legislation Individual Medical Care Plan for Students with a
Life Threatening Illness is available at diabetes.ca.

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. The Canadian Diabetes
Association: setting the world standard. To learn more, visit diabetes.ca or
call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).





For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Brace, Manager, National Media
Relations, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7071,
jeremy.brace@diabetes.ca

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