Type 1 Diabetic Extracurricular Activity PlanAn essential part of the school plan
“Participation in extracurricular athletics can be a critical part of a student's overall educational experience.
Schools must ensure equal access to that rewarding experience for students with disabilities.”
It's not just sports activities that require a plan!
Type 1 Diabetic Extracurricular Activity Plan
Creating a Type 1 Diabetic Extracurricular Activity Plan can provide an added sense of comfort. Extracurricular Activities are essential to the educational experience for students. some of these activities may take place during non-school hours and even off-campus.
For a student with Type 1 Diabetes, participating in these activities may require extra planning.
Students in public school K-12th are covered under FAPE and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is important for parents to communicate with the school regarding support that is needed for a Type 1 student. This support can be written into the 504 Plan. The extent of support needed in extracurricular activities is often overlooked. Parents have a tendency to cover this support so their children can fully participate in activities. It is not required for a parent to do this. Communicate with the school regarding your students full needs.
Plan ahead for Extracurricular Activities
The caregiver of a Type 1 Diabetic student is always planning ahead. Extracurricular Activities can be very stressful for parents. But with some planning in advance, parents can provide the school with the information they need to provide support. One of the biggest misconceptions is that the school has covered all the bases when it comes to your child. The school needs your help by communicating activities that put your child at school during non-school hours. View this as a team effort to help the school help your child.
“Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court.”Arne Duncan