Your Rights, One Voice: Lance’s Story

By American Diabetes Association

For the thousands of teenagers across the country who have diabetes, many are able to self-manage their diabetes care at school with no problems. Lance Paoli, of Maumelle, Arkansas, was one of those students. He had been successfully handling his own type 1 diabetes care at school for several years.

However, at the beginning of his sophomore year in high school, a new school principal started a policy that no longer allowed students to self-manage their medications or even carry their own medical supplies at school. All medicine had to be kept in the school nurse’s office.

Lance’s mother, Susan, knew that her son’s health would suffer under this new policy.

Susan met with school leaders, but the principal would not change the policy. She filed a complaint with the Pulaski County School District and, around the same time, Lance was also suspended from school for testing his blood glucose level while in class.

So, Susan contacted the American Diabetes Association for help!

She spoke with one of the Association’s Legal Advocates, who gave her information about the legal rights of students who have diabetes, and then she shared this information with the school principal.


The school principal reversed the new policy so students like Lance could once again self-manage their diabetes at school. The principal also dropped Lance’s suspension.

“I am so grateful for all the help I received from the American Diabetes Association’s legal advocate,” said Susan. “Because of this, Lance can continue to be medically safe while at school. Thank you for helping to keep all children with diabetes safe at school!”

The American Diabetes Association leads the effort to prevent and eliminate discrimination against people with diabetes at school, at work and in other parts of daily life. If you need help, call 1-800-DIABETES or visit

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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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