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Editor's note: Ryan attended the CDN NextGen Leadership Summit in early April and tells us about his experiences during the weekend and his positive experience with his school's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) office. When I was diagnosed with T1D  late in my high school career, I never thought I’d travel far from my hometown for college. Everything I needed to survive was conveniently located in my hometown: my medications, my doctors, and of course my family of support.… Read more
CDN STUDENT ADVICE COLUMNISTS 2018-2019 Editor's note: A warm welcome to our new Student Advice Columnists for the 2018-2019 school year! They'll be answering your anonymous questions about everything T1D and young adulthood. Ask your question here! Q: What’s your best advice for finding a balance between not milking your accommodations and other’s sympathies and not having enough resources? I’ve always been told not to use my diabetes as a crutch but it’s hard sometimes when you get some… Read more
KAMERAN ULFERTS, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-KEARNEY '18 My experience with the disability services office at the university I attend, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, started out with a unique narrative. When I arrived to college as a freshman I had been living with diabetes for about five to six years and I began to soak up every opportunity of independence that presented itself. I grew up in a small, rural school where the label “diabetic” was almost always attached to my identity. Coming to… Read more
In the summer before my first year, I was informed that I had been assigned to the residence that I had placed dead last on my ranking. I had given it that position because it is the only off-campus residence, a 15-minute wall away in the heart of busy downtown. My late night walks home would therefore not be passing by safe, university buildings, but instead the closed restaurants and shops of downtown. While Toronto is much safer than many cities around the world, it’s still enough to make a… Read more
"If you don't take this exam, you'll get a zero on it and your final exam will be worth double, which is nearly half of your grade." Not exactly the words any college kid wants to hear from their professor, especially when the student is having an insulin pump malfunction. That's exactly the situation I found myself in my sophomore year of college, and with no established office of disabilities on campus, it was just me advocating against university policy. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely… Read more
After a long summer break, it can be hard to get back into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities. Add diabetes into the mix of starting up college life again and things can get crazy! Check out these helpful tips to help you start your school year off right: Stock up on Supplies In the midst of packing up your clothes and school supplies, remember to pack up diabetes supplies too! Make sure you have plenty of supplies to get you started in the school year. If you can, try to… Read more
Question: What kind of disabilities services should I ask for? I am a freshman in college and I'm not really sure what I might need from the Office for Disability Services (ODS) for T1D, and the ODS counselor isn't really sure what is appropriate to offer. Thanks. Answers: Maddy: You’ve already taken a smart step at the start of your college career by getting in touch with ODS! I went through my first two years of college not even knowing I could have registered with my university’s student… Read more
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