August 2009 The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation's special education law, defines 14 categories of disabilities under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is "Other Health Impairment," or OHI, for short. Within OHI's definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Diabetes is one such. This short resource page accompanies … [Read more...]

Other Health Impairment

NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet 15 (FS15) Updated August 2012PDF versionEn español | In Spanish“Other Health Impairment” is one of the 14 categories of disability listed in our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under IDEA, a child who has an “other health impairment” is very likely to be eligible for special services to help the child address his or her educational, developmental, and functional … [Read more...]

How diabetes works

In the U.S. alone, 20.8 million people have diabetes -- and about a third don't even know it. Understand diabetes and how your body uses insulin to handle glucose. You'll also find information about the impact of diabetes on other systems in the body. From the Discovery Health Channel. http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/diabetes … [Read more...]

Help your child manage diabetes at school by making a plan

The CDC--the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- describes for parents how to make a plan to help their child manage diabetes at school, including meeting with school staff and making sure the child has the necessary supplies for routine care and blood sugar emergencies. (posted August 23, 2012)http://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesinschool/  … [Read more...]

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