Your Rights, One Voice: Collin’s Story

By American Diabetes Association

Joan Wadian of Massillon, Ohio, was glad that her 14-year-old son’s school had a good school nurse. Collin has type 1 diabetes, as well as Down’s syndrome. He cannot self-manage his diabetes, so someone at school needs to be available to make sure he stays safe during the day.

But even with a full-time nurse at school, Joan found gaps in his care. When the nurse was out, there was nobody to be a back-up. Joan then had to go to the school to provide Collin’s diabetes care. Also, the school did not provide care for field trips. It was expected that Joan would simply make room in her schedule to attend those trips.

Joan was worried. What would happen if Collin needed help and she and the school nurse were not available?

Joan Contacted the American Diabetes Association
She quickly learned that children with diabetes have many rights, and an Association Legal Advocate provided important information that helped Joan understand those rights. She then requested that the school set up an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting to work out how to fill in the gaps for Collin’s care.

Collin is Now Safer at School
The school responded right away. School staff and all of Collin’s teachers would get diabetes care training. They would hire substitute nurses when the regular nurse was out, and field trips would now be covered.

Collin is now 15 and in his first year of high school, in the same school district. The high school nurse, as well as teachers, school staff, bus drivers and others involved with Collin’s school day, have been trained in diabetes care.

Joan says, “Thanks to you and the American Diabetes Association, Collin has the best and safest possible care when he attends school. I wish all parents caring for children with diabetes were aware of their rights.”

To learn more about our Safe at School campaign and how you can help keep your child with diabetes medically safe, visit or call 1-800-DIABETES for information and help.


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About Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah C.B. Helping Hands Ministries Founder/Overseer / Business owner / Nurse, Friend, Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah, a small town country girl with a big heart. That big heart didn’t go unnoticed by God. At age 8; Apostle Shelia made the most important decision of her life. She decided to follow Christ. It wasn’t long before she heard the calling of God upon her life to reach the lost at any cost. To touch lives, one person at a time. By age 15 she was actively ministering to many in her community. From the young to the elderly, and even the dying; she has made it a priority to care for the souls of those in need. Today Apostle Shelia leads the C.B. Helping Hands Ministries team on a greater call. A call to reach the lost not just in our community but also around the world. C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and Apostle Shelia have become the vessel that God is using to bridge the gap between generations and touch the hearts of a lost, and dying world. Daily she ministers to the homeless, battered women, suicidal people and at risk youth among others. As a John Maxwell certified coach, and speaker she travels the world adding value to others. She is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping others see their true potential. With a never quit attitude and unwavering faith, she has been able to build C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and testify of God’s provisions and unfailing love. Making sure to always give God the honor and praise. She motivates young adults like none other. She has become a renown inspirational speaker like none other. She is real, she is alive, she is on fire and excited about transforming, and adding value to others.. She is new, real, and a breath of fresh air. Called, and anointed for such a time as this.
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