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FOX19 Investigates: Diabetes Discrimination

Latesha Taylor's daughter has diabetes Latesha Taylor's daughter has diabetes
(FOX19) -

When Jared Kuper was diagnosed with diabetes at 8-years-old, his mom sat all day long at his school so that she could monitor his blood sugar levels herself.

"It's a minute to minute disease," said Laura Kuper. "So the wind could blow and their blood sugar changes. It's a constant worry."

Kuper, which is pronounced "Cooper," is now able to rely on the school nurse for help. You would think that's how it would be everywhere since diabetes care is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But a growing number of parents complain they and their children are being discriminated against.

"Some daycares don't accept kids with diabetes," said Kuper.

Experts say there's confusion about who's responsible for what.

"Families still face some challenges (and get) some resistance at the daycare and school level," said the American Diabetes Association's Linda Siminerio.

Parents and school districts face challenges when dealing with a diabetic student. Who will monitor insulin levels? Who's allowed to give the shots? That's not spelled-out in federal law. And state laws aren't always clear. That's why some parents end-up spending their whole day with their kids at school.

"There's parents that work and shouldn't have to worry and don't have that luxury," Kuper points out.

The American Diabetes Association has set-up a database so you can look-up the laws in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. In addition, another database shows you what your school district's policy is when it comes to diabetic care.

We also found the group has a great description of smartphone apps that can help a child and parent manage the disease.

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