Care of Young Children With Diabetes in the Child Care Setting: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association

DiabetesCareCover_Oct2014Popper & Yatvin partner Alan L. Yatvin was a member of the writing group for Care of Young Children With Diabetes in the Child Care Setting: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, published September 23, 2014, in the journal Diabetes Care, October 2014 vol. 37 no. 10 2834-2842.1Diabetes Care is a journal intended to increase knowledge, stimulate research, and promote better management of people with diabetes. 2A position statement is an official American Diabetes Association (ADA) point of view or belief that contains clinical or research recommendations. Position statements are issued on scientific or medical issues related to diabetes. They are published in ADA journals and other scientific/medical publications. ADA position statements are typically based on a systematic review or other review of published literature. Position statements undergo a formal review process. They are updated annually or as needed. Key ADA position statements: These are select position statements that represent official ADA opinion on topics not adequately covered in the Standards of Care but that are necessary to provide additional information on quality diabetes management. These position statements also undergo a formal review process. 3The American Diabetes Association is a nationwide nonprofit voluntary health organization founded in 1940, and has over 485,000 general members, 15,000 health professional members, and 1,000,000 volunteers. The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. As of 2011, there were 25.8 million Americans with diabetes. The ADA is the largest, most prominent nongovernmental organization that deals with the treatment and impact of diabetes. The ADA establishes and maintains the most authoritative and widely followed clinical practice recommendations, guidelines, and standards for the treatment of diabetes.

The statement  addresses legal protections for young children with diabetes and how they can be safely cared for by childcare providers with appropriate training, access to resources and a system of communication with parents and the child’s diabetes health care provider.

One of the ADA’s principal concerns is protecting the rights of children with diabetes to have equal educational opportunity, to remain free from discrimination based on diabetes, and to have access to a free appropriate public education, including the diabetes care services they need in order to remain safe at school. It is the ADA’s position that “[a]ppropriate diabetes care in the school and day care setting is necessary for the child’s immediate safety, long-term well-being, and optimal academic performance.”4American Diabetes Ass’n, Position Statement, Diabetes Care in the School and Day Care Setting, 37 Diabetes Care S91-S96 (2014).  The ADA opposes policies and practices that discriminate against students with diabetes based on their disability.

Alan Yatvin has represented numerous families of students with diabetes who faced discrimination because of their medical condition. He served as the ADA’s national chair of legal advocacy from 2010 – 2013.

Yatvin was previously a member of the writing group for the ADA’s 2011 Position Statement:  Diabetes and Driving, an overview of licensing rules for people with diabetes, addressing the factors that impact driving for this population, and identifying general guidelines for assessing driver fitness and determining appropriate licensing restrictions.5Diabetes Care January 2014 vol. 37 no. Supplement 1 S97-S103.

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