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Type 1 diabetes, education 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. In 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, according to 2009 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Typically, school officials have trained personnel  who give routine insulin shows at school. The Watkins family wanted to draw their child’s insulin shots themselves and were even willing to go to school to give their son the shots, but the school district wouldn’t allow it. The NYTimes states the Watkins family’s “struggles with school officials in managing K.W.’s diabetes are not unusual. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights received 38 complaints regarding how school districts handled diabetes-related cases in the United States in the 2019 fiscal year, an agency spokesman said.” In Utah, the Utah Disability Law Center, is representing the Watkins, fighting for their son’s right to attend school.

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 Type 1 Diabetes is eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits. And, if you are an adult who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes, you may be experiencing worsening symptoms that are preventing you from working and you are wondering if you are eligible for disability benefits. Cannon Disability Law has successfully represented 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 and we will help you file your application for disability benefits.

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