EASE T1D brings education and awareness through educational materials, social media, public speaking and community events to the general public which includes doctors, nurses, teachers and school staff. This education is desperately needed in order to combat the growing number of children who are being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Our educational T1D awareness flyer provides the definition of Type 1 diabetes to be described as a chronic, life-threatening, autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas produces little, to no insulin. It can occur at any age, but is usually diagnosed from infancy to the late thirties and lasts a lifetime. T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, contrary to the belief of the public. Our flyer has been distributed to the Corona/Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) as well as the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) and we are working with the California School Board Association in order to get our flyer into all California schools. Please see our T1D Resources page and click on “Awareness Flyers” to print a downloadable flyer.
EASE T1D is working with Senator Richard Roth to get legislation authored this Fall which will require doctors to test for elevated blood glucose levels on children who present flu/virus symptoms, by performing a finger stick test with a glucometer in order to rule out a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in an effort to save lives. Senator Roth recently authored Senate Resolution 63 which encourages doctors to discuss T1D as well as the signs and symptoms with parents/care givers, at all well baby/child care visits from birth to age 5. This measure is a stepping stone to our mandated proposed legislation this Fall. This will be a measurable action, and if passed, will become a law in 2017. Please see SR 63 which passed unanimously, 38-0, on March 14th, 2016 below. You can read the full Press Release under our NEWS page.
Through community events where we are a vendor, we hand out our T1D awareness flyer (described above) to bring education to the general public. This is an actionable measure which will raise the awareness level on parental education and help in identifying the signs and symptoms of T1D so parents can be aware of what to look for and not assume their child only has the flu virus. Below is a recent picture of our educational and informative booth at the 100 Mile Club’s, Run 4 Kids event on March 19th, 2016.
EASE T1D books speaking engagements on Type 1 Diabetes at venues such as PTA Council meetings, Kiwanis Clubs, Lions Clubs and UNITY (United Neighbors Involving Today’s Youth) in an effort to bring education and awareness. Our T1D awareness flyer is handed out as well.