“With its action today, the [Oklahoma] House of Representatives kept alive the hope that these children will no longer face a life-threatening situation without trained personnel being at the school.”
With those words, Doug Todd, Chair-elect of the ADA’s South Central Region summed up what is being called an “important first step” for the rights of diabetic children in the school setting in the state of Oklahoma.
According to a press release from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill on April 11 that ensures trained personnel be on hand at Oklahoma schools in the event that a child with diabetes faces a life-threatening situation. The bill, called Senate Bill 661, will now go to conference where it will receive further consideration.
The ADA singled out Representative Richard Phillips (R-Warr Acres) and Senator Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City) who were “instrumental in this effort to protect kids with diabetes.”
“This legislation may eventually provide an extra margin of safety at school for the approximately 1,500 school-aged children in Oklahoma with diabetes,” says Todd.