Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone our bodies use to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy. While the cause of diabetes is unknown, it appears that both genetics and environmental factors (such as obesity and lack of exercise) play roles.
Under what circumstances is a child eligible for services?
A health condition or disease is chronic if it is long-standing, always present or happens over and over. An acute health condition is one that happens suddenly, develops quickly, has intense symptoms and may last for a short period of time. They key concept is that the child is eligible under OHI if the health condition causes: Limited strength, vitality, or alertness and has a negative effect on educational performance.
What if I’m told my child is not eligible for special education?
- Evaluation– includes sample letter, timelines, eligibility criteria, and FAQs.
- Section 504– for students not eligible under IDEA
- Model 504 Plan for Diabetes – from Diabetes.org
What do I need to think about for my child’s IEP?
When the student is found to be eligible for special education, they can also receive related services to support the child and help them access and take advantage of the special education services. Two of these may include medical services and school health or school nurse services. What services each student needs is determined by the Individualized Education Program of which the parent or caregiver is a vital part. This means parents and educators work together to make an educational plan that provides supports, services, accommodations and modifications that are individualized for student.
- IEP Support Diabetes.Org
- Children with Diabetes: Safe at School Diabetes.Org
- Managing Diabetes at School CDC
Is there some technology that can help my student learn?
Assistive technology is a related service listed in IDEA. Technology is a key to leveling the playing field for individuals with disabilities. Check out the TechMatrix for suggestions for finding educational and assistive technology products for students with disabilities. Learn more on our Assistive Technology webpage.