Your Rights, One Voice: Mason’s Story

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As a parent, you want the best for your child, from health care to home life to education. Raising a child with type 1 diabetes can make the stakes highereven when everything is going well. But how do you react when a necessary part of your childs life keeps him from success? Thats the situation Mason Stevens parents found themselves in when Masons school refused to provide him with a 504 Plan.

Some background: 504 Plans outline medical care and other accommodations that students with disabilities might need in the school setting. These plans ensure that students covered receive appropriate accommodations while at school, as well as equal treatment and access to school-related programs, trips and extracurricular activities. Under federal law, diabetes meets the definition of a disability, so public school students who live with diabetes, like Mason, should have a 504 Plan in place.

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