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Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

Human Rights Complaint

Have you been told or understood that school staff, teachers or educational assistants can not give insulin or glucagon?

Have you regularly taken time off from work/school/normal life to attend to routine, daily living care of diabetes such as administering insulin for meals, snacks or correction (injection or pump), or other routine care (blood glucose monitoring, changing insulin pump sites etc)?

Have you been told your child can not attend a school or preschool due to their diabetes?

Have you withdrawn from or had to change schools because you felt the school was medically unsafe for their diabetes?

Have you been told your child can not attend, or would be better off not attending a school or preschool organized field trip due to their diabetes?

Have you voluntarily withheld your child from a field trip because you felt it was medically unsafe for their diabetes? e.g. risk of hyper- or hypo-glycemia, inadequate diabetes monitoring or supervision

Did you have to sign an agreement forcing you to waive your rights or that otherwise lead you to believe that schools would not or were not allowed to operate insulin pumps, in order to receive an insulin pump?

If you answered yes to any of these, questions, you or your child may have been discriminated against.

We believe that children should be Safe at School, and that schools and/or Provincial laws or regulations discriminate against children with diabetes on the basis of physical disability, and discriminate against the parents of children with diabetes, on the basis of family status.

We would like to proceed as a representative group or class human rights complaint in BC. Your experiences may be similar to ours, and if so we may be able to make a complaint as an identifiable group or class. If your circumstances are different or you do not want to be part of this complaint you may still file your own complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal www.bchrt.bc.ca

If you think you or your child have been discriminated against in BC, or can assist in this complaint (have legal experience, volunteer or provide translation)  please contact:

BChumanrights@unsafeatschool.ca (Complaints in BC)

Human rights complaints must be brought under provincial/territorial human rights commissions. This complaint is being made in BC. We would like to help coordinate with those in other provinces or territories as well. If you think you have been discriminated against in other provinces or territories and are willing to file a complaint in your area, or can assist in this complaint (have legal experience, volunteer, translate), please contact:

humanrights@unsafeatschool.ca

Note that we can not provide legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer.

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