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September 01, 2010
>Back to School with Diabetes? Know Your Rights!

If your child has diabetes, back-to-school time may pose extra anxiety for parents as kids face the challenges of new routines, teachers and, sometimes, schools. It's a big deal for any child to go back to school, but for a child with diabetes, every day is an important step in the journey of diabetes management.

Students with diabetes are protected by several laws that prohibit discrimination due to diabetes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addition, some children with diabetes may be protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

A disability is defined by these laws as a substantial limitation on a major life activity. For children with diabetes, major life activities include, but are not limited to, the major bodily function of the endocrine system, eating, caring for oneself, thinking, communicating and learning.

In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) expanded the list of major life activities to include performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, learning, reading and working. The ADAAA provides that major bodily functions are also major life activities. The law specifically includes the endocrine system.

Children with diabetes are also protected by the Safe at School Diabetes School Care Act — an Indiana law that permits children with diabetes to attend their preferred school and carry their diabetes supplies with them, and allows students the right to test their blood sugar in the classroom. In addition, the law requires schools to have a school employee trained as a volunteer health aide to support the child's diabetes management when no school nurse is present.

As a parent or legal guardian of a child with diabetes, you have the right to address concerns about your child's diabetes management and disability rights at school. The American Diabetes Association offers help to families dealing with diabetes. To learn more, please visit www.diabetes.org or contact Carol Dixon at cdixon@diabetes.org or 317-352-9226, ext. 6732.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services and information to hundreds of communities; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Autism Society of Indiana to host Fourth Annual Excellence Awards

The Autism Society of America's Indiana Chapter will hosts its fourth annual Excellence Awards at the Athenaeum on November 20, 2010 at 6pm. The Athenaeum is located at 401 E. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

The evening will begin with dinner will be at 6 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. by Drew Tretick, who plays electric violin. Mr. Tretick's performance is sponsored by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Tretick has established himself as an internationally recognized violinist and is a favorite with audiences for his expressive performances and warm stage presence. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he has recorded and performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and others with appearances at Carnegie Hall and his solo tours have taken him throughout Europe and Asia. He has performed with Andrea Bocelli at a benefit for Bocelli's ARPA Foundation and the Children's Partners Foundation. or on stage with Chris Isaak, Glenn Campbell, Sandy Patti, Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, the late John Denver and others. To hear Drew's music, please visit http://www.drewtretick.com/http://www.drewtretick.com or http://www.goviolin.com/http://www.goviolin.com.

Tickets will be $75 each and are available at www.inautism.org under Upcoming Events. This year, the Awards Dinner recognizes excellence in five categories: Early Intervention, Advocacy/Self-Advocacy, Family Leadership, Direct Care, and Partnership.

For more information about Autism Society of Indiana, please contact Dana Renay, Executive Director, at 317-658-2973 or dana@inautism.org, or Mary Roth, Administrative Assistant, at 317-695-0252 or mary@inautism.org.

2010 Healthy Kids Coloring Contest, sponsored by the American Heart Association

In an effort to encourage Indianapolis-area kids to develop a healthier lifestyle, the American Heart Association is hosting a coloring contest. The contest is open to children ages 12 and younger and contestants are asked to draw a picture of themselves making healthy choices. Contestants may use crayons, markers or pencils, but no computer graphics and drawings should be submitted on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white paper. All entries must be received by Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 and will be judged on creativity, originality and effectiveness. Entries should be mailed to: The American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

Two winners will be chosen: ages 7 and under and ages 8 – 12. Winners will receive:

• A prize bucket from Radio Disney

• A prize pack from Indy's Child Magazine

• A guest appearance on Wish TV's "Indy Style" show

• The chance to record a PSA on Radio Disney

For questions regarding the coloring contest, contact Tim Harms, American Heart Association, at 317-732-4700 or tim.harms@heart.org

Brain Balance Parent Lectures

Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer the Brain Balance Program® in 29 nationwide locations. This proprietary, non-medical program has been successful in helping hundreds of children who suffer from ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette's, Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The parent lectures will discuss the 12-week afterschool program, which first includes a comprehensive assessment of all areas of a child's brain and body function. Then, by integrating physical and cognitive exercises with dietary change, Brain Balance Achievement Centers are able to correct the child's underlying brain imbalance, improve function and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors.

To register for a parent lecture, please call 317-843-9200 and ask for Julie Peterson. Educators and professionals, such as occupational therapists, psychologists and pediatricians, are also encouraged to attend.

Brain Balance Achievement Centers, 9510 N. Meridian Street, Suite D, Indianapolis

• Thursday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, September 15, at 1:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m.

The Little Mermaid Returns to Beef and Boards—Win Tickets!

Hans Christian Anderson's tale of the little mermaid takes children on a mystical adventure under the sea and beyond. The young mermaid, Melody, longs to experience the enchanting land above the sea. But because she is still a child, her father, Poseidon, will not allow her to go. See what happens when the young princess goes off to a world very different from her own and what she learns along the way.

In September, register to win tickets to The Little Mermaid just by registering for the Indy's Child e-newsletter and then entering to win the week we announce the contest in our e-newsletter. Just visit www.indyschild.com, enter your e-mail address in our "Sign up for our Email Newsletter" button on the right and click GO!

Yo Gabba Gabba Returns to Indianapolis—Win Tickets!

Win tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba Live featuring hip-hop legend Biz Markie, performing at the Murat Theatre at the Old National Center on Wednesday October 13 at 6 p.m. Prize pack includes:

• 4 prime tickets (performance time TBD)

• Valet parking

• VIP crown room access

• 2 kids t-shirts

• 2 plush character clip-ons

In September, register to win tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba just by registering for the Indy's Child e-newsletter and then entering to win the week we announce the contest in our e-newsletter. Just visit www.indyschild.com, enter your e-mail address in our "Sign up for our Email Newsletter" button on the right and click GO!

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