With diabetes on the rise in the U.S., a growing number of parents are having difficulty dealing with schools and daycares that are unable to provide care to diabetic children. Currently, diabetes care is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which means federally-funded schools and daycares must provide services for diabetic children.
Children and teens with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can now register for 2013 diabetes summer camps sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes summer camps can help children and teens learn how to manage their disease, in addition to giving them the opportunity to network with other diabetic children.
Cheryl Eklund of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, is currently in the process of writing and illustrating a graphic novel about a teenager who grows up with type 1 diabetes. The novel is 24 pages long, and is due to release sometime this year in 2013. Eklund hopes that the book will be available for free in doctors' offices after its publication.
Mary Key of Marysville, Washington has been living with type 1 diabetes for just over one year. At 10 years old, Mary has had to cope with being the only member of the family with diabetes, especially since her fraternal twin sister Esther does not have type 1 diabetes.
For six weeks every holiday season, the Hockenberry family of North Canton, Ohio sets up an elaborate Christmas light display on their home and in their front yard. Because their home attracts the attention of many drivers and local residents, the Hockenberrys set out a donation box to collect money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).