Safe at Schools Campaign


Diabetes must be managed 24 hours a day. At home, a child has parents, babysitters, and others to help, but at school, there may be no one who can care for them. Without this careful management, these vulnerable children face frightening short term complications and an ever increasing risk of blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, amputation - even death. This was a campaign established by the American Diabetes Association to help gain support for Senate Bill 57, which would help students with diabetes feel safe at school. This legislation now allows school staff members to volunteer to be trained to give insulin and glucagon so there is always someone there to help, even when a school nurse cannot be. It allows students who are mature enough to do so to independently self-manage their diabetes at school. As Advocacy Chair of the American Diabetes Association Alabama Chapter, I assisted in gaining signatures and lobbied for the campaign. This legislation was signed into law June of 2014. For help getting similar legislation passed in your state please email, defeatdiabetesal@gmail.com