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Diabetes Technology

Technology is an ever changing part of diabetes care. We have compiled resources from technology providers that will help parents, schools, and other caregivers use the latest tech safely. View the different diabetes tech resources HERE.

Back to School Checklists for School & Parents

Ready to get back to school? Make sure you are prepared for T1D in the classroom by following our back to school checklist for both the school and parent. Don’t forget to pack extra pump supplies and insulin! You can access the check lists by CLICKING HERE.

Sample 504 plan

Diabetes Youth Services suggests every child have a 504 plan on file with their school, in addition to the diabetes care plan from your physician. THIS GUIDE, designed by the ADA, can help you put together a good 504 plan for your child. If you have questions about what should be part of your 504, please ask your health care provider or other expert.

Smart Sitters Guide

The Smart Sitters Guide can help you prepare sitters or other caregivers for tasks they may need to do and situations that may arise while they take care of your child with T1D. THIS GUIDE, covers basic information about T1D, current tools to manage diabetes, along with plenty of practical advice and tips for parents and sitters. It is not intended to serve as a complete guide to managing T1D in children and young adolescents. Developed with support from Omnipod.

Printable: My Diabetes Medical Management Plan

The American Diabetes Association offers its updated Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP) for use by schools and pediatric diabetes health care providers nationwide. This fillable form allows you to give care instructions tailored to your child, providing greater clarity for those charged with their care in the school setting. There is even a separate plan for children who are in childcare programs, including before and after care. Check them out by CLICKING HERE.

Birthday and Classroom Parties

Classroom and birthday parties are full of excitement, fun, and of course SWEETS! Birthday parties and classroom parties just involve more of the same good planning you’re already doing, plus a few creative ideas. BEYOND TYPE 1 wrote an article on how to survive the school and home birthday parties so your T1D can have the best time with their friends and family.

2023 Scholarship Opportunities

Because a lifetime of expensive daily medications and quality healthcare leaves little in families savings for college funds, the need for scholarships for students with type 1 diabetes is huge. We have put together a list of scholarship opportunities that are offered to those who live with T1D.



Diabetes Scholars offers a set of general and specific scholarships to high school seniors living with type 1 diabetes. Applicants must be a high school senior with Type 1 diabetes seeking a higher education at an accredited two or four year university, college, technical or trade school in the United States and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.



The DO3 Scholarship for Survivors of Life-Threatening Illnesses helps those students and their families financially so that they may have the opportunity to attend a two or four year college or university or a professional or trade school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors planning on continuing their education or a current college or professional/technical school student. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 unweighted GPA, two letters of recommendation, a history of community service and submit an essay.



The Thomas J. Seefred Scholarship awards scholarships to college students who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be Ohio residents 18-25 years old at time of application, must be in the process of completing a standard curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree at an accredited junior college, college or university and in good academic standing.



The Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities is designed to help students pursue the education or training they need to succeed in their chosen career path.  To apply, you must have an identified disability. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates or current undergraduates planning to enroll, or who are already enrolled, in full- or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the upcoming academic year.



The Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award are proud to award a scholarship to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue an undergraduate college degree. Applicants must be either a current graduating high school senior with acceptance to an accredited school or an undergraduate student at an accredited institution within the United States with a minimum 2.8 GPA.



The Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. Disability Scholarship is commited to helping students with disabilities who are in need of financial assistance for educational purposes. The scholarship is available to students of any age, with any type of disability. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States, have a disability diagnosis from any qualified person, and must have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.



The Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship for High School Seniors believes strongly in the potential of high school students who have all types of disabilities, and is committed to supporting their future. Applicants must have a visible or invisible disability, be a current high school senior, have been accepted to, or applied and awaiting acceptance to, a 4-year university or college in the U.S. and intend to be enrolled full time in that 4-year university or college.



The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Scholarship for Survivors offers educational scholarships to students who have suffered (or are suffering) from a chronic illness. Applicant must be under the age of 25, must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for a chronic disease within the past five years, must be pursuing an Associate’s degree or higher, and must complete the application in full.



The Trace Brave Foundation Scholarship aims to assist families with the financial burden caused by paying for necessary medical supplies and prescriptions by offering a scholarship to high school seniors who have type 1 diabetes, and plan to attend a college or trade school in the fall.



The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Scholarship is available to high school students and those currently enrolled in college who have excelled in academics and tennis, have strong leadership and community involvement skills, and have been affected by diabetes.


The Ability Center Auxiliary Scholarship works to ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities to achieve higher education. Applicants must be an individual with a disability, have a permanent address in Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, Williams county in Ohio or in Monroe or Lenawee county in Michigan, carry at least a 3.0 GPA, and be enrolled in a post-secondary degree program.



The Los Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship is intended to support one hard working, high achieving college student who lives with diabetes. Eligible students have been diagnosed with diabetes (any type), have been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in, an accredited college or university in the U.S.(both undergrad and grad students are welcome), and carries at least a 3.0 GPA.



The VSA International Young Musicians Award Program awards outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, Hip Hop, rock and more!



The Nightscout Foundation Community Scholarship program awards a one-time merit based scholarship to T1D students pursuing advanced degrees. Applicants must must be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, officially admitted to an accredited College or University (two or four year degree programs are acceptable), have a minimum GPA of 2.5, have an interest in STEM or STEM-related topics, and must be using one of the DIY technologies supported by the Nightscout Foundation for managing Type 1 Diabetes.


The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides annually, renewable college scholarships to students beginning their undergraduate studies of up to $10,000 to be used toward tuition, student fees, and books. Applicants must be a high School Senior with a childhood diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, successfully managing diabetes with proper medication, exercise and diet, a commitment to education by maintaining in excess of a 3.0 grade point average, and a commitment to participating in athletics by actively participating on an organized team.
Team Type 1 funds college scholarships of up to $10,000 to help young, talented athletes with type 1 diabetes off-set the cost of diabetes care so they can focus on what matters…their health and their college education. Awards recognize athletes who demonstrate an ability to balance both academic and sporting commitments, promote healthy living with successful diabetes management through exercise, and who desire to inspire and empower others through meaningful diabetes community engagement. The applicant must live with type 1 diabetes, attend an accredited NAIA or NCAA school and plays a sanctioned sport for that school, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, wants to use their sport as a platform to inspire others with diabetes,  commits to attending an online Team Type 1 Global Ambassador Training, during which they will learn more about TT1’s goals and programs and how to represent themselves and TT1 in their local diabetes community
 The disABLEDperson, Inc. National Scholarship Competition is open to students with disability enrolled in a two or four-year accredited college or university in the United States of America full time.
 Diabetes Incorporated recognizes and reward students who have made an extraordinary contribution to their community and/or high school through community service and extracurricular activities.  Applicants must be a high school senior or current college student, must contribute to their community through service, and must have diabetes or have an immediate family member who has diabetes and a family member must be a current Diabetes, Incorporated member.
AAHD Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to  deserving  students with a disability who are pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a sophomore in college) in an accredited university and who are pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Ohio and Michigan State Laws

Bright Horizons Advocacy Ohio

Bright Horizons is a proud partner of DYS. If you have a problem with school, athletics, childcare or any other similar entity working with you and your child’s diabetes, this organization can help you out. They are a non-profit 501 (c) 3 and offer their services on a sliding scale based on your personal financial situation. Call Jennifer or Victoria for more information at 419.318.9636 or CLICK THIS LINK to view their website.

Michigan Advocacy Resources

Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website can help you with finding information on special education issues as well as disability specific information. CLICK THIS LINK to view their website.

Need Supplies?

People living with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin by injection or infusion every day. Insulin is life support – we all need it to stay alive, as much as we need oxygen, water, and food to eat. If you are in emergency need of insulin right now, always go to the emergency room. If you are struggling to afford the monthly cost of insulin CLICK THIS LINK and visit Beyond Type 1 to view resources you can use not only for insulin but other diabetes supplies, insurance coverage, and information on exploring tools and actions you can take to get involved with access advocacy.