What is the Safe at School campaign?

The American Diabetes Association has long been involved in working to end discrimination against students with diabetes. To further these efforts, ADA launched the Safe at School campaign to ensure that students with diabetes are safe at school and can fully participate in all school activities. You can find more information about the campaign at ADA’s website (www.diabetes.org/safeatschool).
Written materials are also available from the ADA that explain diabetes care in a school setting. One example of an ADA pamphlet is “Children with Diabetes: Information for Schools and Child Care Providers.” The ADA’s packet on school discrimination can be obtained at www.diabetes.org or by calling 1-800-DIABETES. You can also discuss a specific school or day care problem with an ADA legal advocate.
More School Resources
  • The National Diabetes Education Program’s “Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel” is available from www.ndep.nih.gov/resources/school.htm. The National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education, the ADA, and many other diabetes and education organizations developed this comprehensive guide.
  • ADA’s Diabetes Care Tasks at School Training Modules are available from www.diabetes.org/schooltraining. 

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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