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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Arden's 504 plan for download

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I pulled ideas from a number of sources when I wrote Arden's 504 plan. I found that there were good and useful ideas in a number of places on the internet but that most templates went (I thought) too far. I felt that they went into a level of detail that would be off-putting to the school district. Over a number of months I culled, wrote and edited a plan until I settled on the one that we use now. It covers Arden in all ways medically, scholastically and personally that I found necessary. Recently I was reminded that I promised to share the plan and never did. So let's take care of that right now.

Below are links to Word and Pages versions of Arden's 504 plan for type I diabetes, all names have been replaced with place holders, you should make changes where and when you see fit. Please know that the process of putting a 504 plan in place can be lengthy, requiring a number of meetings. Just like in any negotiation you will be asked to make concessions and you should ask for them. When in doubt of your rights, refer to the AFT (American Federation of Teacher's) document, 'The Medically Fragile Child', this pdf is full of information that you can and will need while making your way through the process... it's a bit like having the other team's play book and is quite helpful!

Arden's 504 Plan (Kindergarten -2nd) - download for Pages

Arden's 504 Plan (Kindergarten -2nd) - download for Word

The Medically Fragile Child - download PDF

I urge you to seek out the laws and guideline that exist in your state regarding your child's rights and what the state requires of your school. It's my experience that the school will try to get away with taking on as little responsibility as they can get away with. Being educated about what is required of the school makes it much simpler to get them to deliver. Think of it like this... When you are buying a car there is a number that the sales person can't go below, your offer doesn't need to be any more then that number. If you don't ask for the lowest price available, the salesperson isn't going to tell you that you offered too much. Knowing the laws and guideline is knowing the bottom line.

Please email or leave comments with any questions.


I want to add that my blog should in no way be confused for legal or medical advice. These are no more then my experiences and I am sharing them with anyone who is interested in knowing how I put together a 504 plan for my child. Never take my advice without first checking with a professional.