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Diabetes Type 1, School and Disability Rights


Millions of adults have Type 2 Diabetes or millions more are pre-diabetic. Diabetes can be due to lifestyle issues, such as being overweight and diet, but it can also be due to genetic factors. What many people don’t know is that there is another form of Diabetes called Diabetes Type 1, which is most often discovered during childhood. One of the main difficulties in having Diabetes Type 1, is that the child may often be required to manage insulin during school.


yIn Utah, recently, the Watkins family filed a lawsuit against the Jordan School District for denying their diabetic son “his right to attend school with his non-diabetic peers for an entire school year.” The New York Times reports that the boy, referred to as K.W. in the lawsuit, is one of about 167,000 Americans under 20 who have Type 1 diabetes. The number of children with diabetes comes from 2009 data prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, there are more children with diabetes today. Typically, school officials have trained personnel who give routine insulin shows at school. The Watkins family wants to draw their child’s insulin shots themselves. They are even willing to go to school to give their son his shots. However, the school district won’t allow it.

The New York Times states the Watkins family’s “struggles with school officials in managing K.W.’s diabetes are not unusual. In 2019, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights received 38 complaints regarding how school districts handle diabetes-related cases in the USA. In Utah, the Utah Disability Law Center is representing the Watkins. They are fighting for their son’s right to attend school.


The trouble with health-care at school is not the only problem in managing a child’s health issues. As a parent, you may be wondering if your child with Diabetes is eligible for SSI benefits. And, if you are an adult who lives with Type 1 Diabetes, you may be experiencing symptoms that prevent you from working. Likewise, are you eligible for disability benefits? Cannon Disability Law successfully represents hundreds of individuals seeking disability benefits for Diabetes Type 2 and Type 1. If you can no longer work due to your symptoms, call us. We will help you file your application for disability benefits.

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