Information on ADA Lawsuit Involving Care of Students with Diabetes in California

UPDATE: On June 8, 2010, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion upholding the trial court’s decision in favor of California nursing organizations. In October 2005, ADA, represented by the public interest organization Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, filed a class action lawsuit under federal disability civil rights and special education laws—along with four children with diabetes and their parents—against the California Department of Education (CDE) and two California school districts, San Ramon Valley Unified School District and Fremont Unified School District

On August 12, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in a case involving diabetes care for children in California's public schools.

The Court overturned a decision of the California Court of Appeal involving the access of children with diabetes to insulin while at school, and ruled that state law permits school personnel who are not nurses to help children with diabetes by administering needed insulin to those who cannot self-administer.

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