T1D College Accommodations
Setting out to begin your life as a new college student can be stressful and overwhelming enough as it is, but as a person with Type 1, there are even more factors to keep in mind before taking the next big step in your life! Here are a few things that will help you to have the best possible college experience.
Register for Accommodations
Many newly enrolled college students with T1D are not even aware that they are eligible to register with their Disabilities Services office to receive certain accommodations that may prove to be very helpful throughout their years in college.
Registering for disability can help avoid potential T1D issues that can arise such as:
- The option to retake a test or homework assignment that was completed while experiencing a high or low blood sugar.
- Keeping your professors in the know so that you’ll have free reign to have food and drink in the classroom for a low, and the ability to check technology (Blood Glucose Monitors, CGMs and Pumps) without being questioned.
- Early class and/or housing registration, meal plans and roommate options.
Before or as soon as you arrive at your campus, check with Health Services to see which office is in charge of Accommodations/Disability Registration, and be prepared with the necessarily documentation (Prescriptions, Doctor’s Letters, etc.)
Know your Resources
As soon as you arrive on campus:
- Familiarize yourself with your school’s Health Services center and the staff.
- Be aware of your nearest hospital.
- Find your nearest pharmacy and notify your doctor of its address/phone number for prescription renewals, etc.!
- Be on the lookout for other students or staff wearing pumps, CGMs, or carrying around insulin pens, or create “groups” on social media for people with Type 1 nearby. Introduce yourself! It never hurts to have a few more T1D allies on campus!
- Email your professors the Professor’s Guide to Type 1 diabetes.
- Check out the College Diabetes Network. If they don’t have a chapter at your school yet, you can start your own!