PDN Membership

Parents' Diabetes Network of SE Michigan - JDRF Coffee Network

Helpful Advice

Do you have any advice that you would like to share with other parents/fellow diabetics that you think may be of help?  How about:

  • Certain things to include in your 504 plan?
  • Safety precautions at school or camp?
  • What to pack or think about when you go on vacation?
  • Your teen is driving now?
  • Going off to college or living on their own?
  • Handling sick days?

We'd love to hear from you so if there is anything you would like to share, please send an email to pdnmembership@comcast.net so that we can share with other parents/fellow diabetics. 

 504 PLAN

  • High school and junior high students with diabetes can get special accommodations when taking standardized tests (e.g., PSAT, SAT, and ACT). These accommodations typically include "stop the clock" breaks for blood glucose testing, bathroom visits, or taking emergency glucose to treat low blood sugars. Diabetes is typically not a reason for additional time in taking a test, however. Testing organizations may require that students have a 504 plan on file before providing the accommodations. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to discuss this with guidance counselors at the beginning of each school year.  (Suggestion from childrenwithdiabetes.com).   One PDN mom did have to jump through a lot of hoops and suggests that you have your 504 plan in place a year ahead of time.

  • Link to sample 504 plans from pre-k to 12th grade and college entrance exams... http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/504/

CEDAR POINT

Please stop by Park Operations next to Kiddy Kingdom prior to riding to obtain a Parent Swap Slip.  The following rides use magnetic technology in their ride systems: Maverick, Wicked Twister, Millennium Force, Shoot the Rapids, Snake River Falls and Top Thrill Dragster.  You should most likely not wear your insulin pump on these rides.  We cannot permit our employees to take responsibility for a guest’s insulin pump while you ride.  It would be best to take turns riding with a member of your party, so that someone can focus their attention on the safety of your equipment.  We are not sure of the safe distance from the magnets that the equipment must be kept, and our employees working on the ride platforms are near the launch and braking systems.   For the six rides listed above, we suggest the use of our Parent Swap policy.  Other members of the party would wait in the line, once they ride, they would leave a copy of our Parent Swap form with your name on the ride exit platform.  Once your friends exit the ride area, you can remove your pump and leave it with your friends who just finished riding, while you go up the exit to ride with one riding companion.  -  from Pam.