T1 rights at school is a voluntary group which advises and supports parents who need help with care at school for their child with Type 1 diabetes, not least with making sure they are fully included in all aspects of school life. Its activities include a Facebook group for people to discuss and raise grievances. It is also used for advice and support regarding school issues, to share information and to create awareness of the rights of children at school. Advice is sought daily on all aspects of school life including discrimination against pupils with Type 1 diabetes. There have been a lot of successes from the school group including supporting parents to gain an education, health and care plan (EHCP) and providing help in some disability discrimination cases.
Danni Quinn created T1 rights at school after winning a disability tribunal against the school attended by her son, who had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of four. There was little available in terms of specific support and there was a need for somewhere for parents to be able to communicate. This was the beginnng of several years’ of fighting the local authority, which by court order now funds a private online school where her son is studying for GCSEs.
To support and advise parents who have a child
with Type 1 diabetes on their rights regarding education and any issues arising
from schools and education departments not adhering to their duty of support.
This can include discrimination tribunals, gaining an EHCP or special
educational needs (SEN) support for a child with Type 1 diabetes or just
explaining how the current legislation is relevant.
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