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SPRINGFIELD – Parents would have better understanding of the signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes in their children under a measure led by State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr.

“Providing education on Type 1 diabetes isn’t just a tool – it is a lifeline that can give children guidance toward better self-care and resilience,” said Sims (D-Chicago). “Schools have an opportunity to make a difference both in students’ education and their health.”

Students and their families would be more educated on symptoms, intervention and treatment of Type 1 diabetes under a proposal led by Sims. Senate Bill 3473 would require the Illinois State Board of Education and Department of Public Health to put together informational resources on the disease and display it on ISBE’s website. Public and charter schools would also hand out the information to parents or guardians when enrolling their child.

Despite more than 300,000 children across the nation having Type 1 diabetes, many kids and their families are unaware for years of their life. It often isn’t until they’re older that they learn their symptoms – like feeling thirsty or losing weight – is due to the underlying cause of diabetes.

“When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, their parents are often left worried and not knowing where to turn,” said Sims. “A one-stop shop that contains education and treatment options will go a long way to help parents navigate the unfamiliar.”

Senate Bill 3473 passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday and heads to the full Senate for further consideration.