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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 past and current 504 plans are available to Download

Scott Benner

Back to school...

Well the years are flying by and Arden's 504 plan is constantly morphing. Please feel free to read, download, use these documents as your own. You may need to make changes so the document reflect your child's specific needs. Arden's 504 was originally written by me in 2006 though I relied heavily on the JDRF and ADA templates of the day. Arden's 504 has been slightly modified each year since kindergarten, just like Arden it continually changes and grows. I hope that it helps you in creating your own. I'm digging up 504's from other grades and will be updating this page with new documents as I am able.

The plans have been redacted in the spots where you will need to fill in your information. Look for text that looks like this <TEXT>.

Good luck!

Documents for download...

Arden's Kindergarten 504 for download - Word, Pages

Arden's Sixth Grade 504 for download - Word, Pages

Arden's Seventh and Eight Grade 504 for download - Word, Pages

Go deeper...

While you are thinking about diabetes and education I would like to urge you to listen to a few episodes of the Juicebox Podcast that focus on a student's time at school.

Texting Diabetes: All about how we use something as simple as text messaging to manage Arden's type 1 diabetes while she is at school or anytime that she is out of the house. This simple process has led to lower a A1c, better grades, an increase in self-confidence and much more. 

Talking 504 Plans with D-Mom Jill: Getting a 504 plan is easier than you think and it's super important!

Talking To School Administrators That Don't Get Type 1 Diabetes

Going to College with T1D: College freshman Elias was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes before his senior year in high school.

Teach Our Children Well: Is what you say about type 1 diabetes to your teachers and administrators always what they hear and do your expectations and needs match what they understand and are able to deliver?

Advocating at School: This is taking advocating for children with type 1 diabetes to a new level.

College with Type 1 on Day One: Amanda has only been at college for a few days and she's on the podcast to tell us about her initial experience. 

Teacher of the Year: Denny is a good man and a great teacher. This episode is all about the difference that one dedicated teacher can make in a child's life with type 1 diabetes.

Guest Post from the ADA: When to Reach out to the American Diabetes Association

Scott Benner

After I interviewed Anisha Dharshi from the American Diabetes Association for episode 40 of my podcast, I asked if she'd be interested in preparing a guest post for Arden's Day that detailed how parents and people with diabetes can utilize the ADA's free assistance program (it was a topic we talked about on the show). I sincerely hope that you never need the ADA, but if you do... they can be a great resource! 

When to Reach Out to the American Diabetes Association

If something does not feel right, it may not be legal. 

Reach out if your child is not getting the right diabetes care at school, or you are not being allowed to test your blood glucose levels at work. The American Diabetes Association can help. The Association has representatives waiting to speak, chat online, or email with you to help avoid problems and find solutions when problems do occur.

How to Get Help

Call our Center for Information at 1-800-DIABETES, there a dedicated representative will serve as your personal guide for information on all our programs and events by answering your non-medical questions in English, Spanish or other requested languages.

If you prefer to Email us at, you will receive an reply with information and the next steps to take within 24 to 48 hours. 

What Happens Next

The Center for Information will give you a form to complete and return to the ADA. If you don’t have time or cannot complete the form, please ask your ADA representative for help.

A Legal Advocate will contact you within 7-10 business days after receiving the form. The advocate can explain the law and help educate your school or business about its responsibilities, help you negotiate a solution and give problem-solving tips, give sample letters and background resources and review your materials. If you need to litigate, the advocate will refer you to a network of local attorneys. 

ADA Center for Information Hours:

    1-800-DIABETES:    Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

    Live chat:                 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT is available 24/7/365

The American Diabetes Association has been a resource of reliable information and support to people living with diabetes and their caregivers for 75 years. The Association’s Safe at School® campaign is particularly dedicated to making sure that all children with diabetes are medically safe at school, are treated fairly, and have the same educational opportunities as their peers through tools, resources, and the guidance our legal advocates provide to families. For additional information please visit the Association’s legal assistance webpage

You can listen to my conversation with Anisha below, on iTunes, at and everywhere that podcast are available.

Arden's 2015 504 Plan is Available to Download

Scott Benner

Back to school...

This is Arden's 2015 504 plan for sixth grade. Please feel free to read, download, use it as your own or make changes so it reflects your child's needs. Written by me in 2006 this document has been modified each year since kindergarten and continues to grow and change. I hope that it helps you in creating your own, I relied heavily on the JDRF and ADA templates that were available online back in 2006 as I created Arden's.

I'm pretty excited that we were able to get Arden's iPhone listed as a medical device this year! #DexcomShare

The text has been redacted in spots, you will need to fill in your information in those places. Look for text that looks like this <TEXT> and one formatting instruction encompassed by asterisks.

Good luck!

Arden's 2015 sixth grade 504 plan for download

While you are in the mindset to think about diabetes and education, I would like to urge you to listen to episode 4 of my podcast that talks about how we manage Arden's type 1 diabetes while she is at school. 

Arden's 504 Plan for Download

Scott Benner

504 Plan

Over the past few months I've received numerous requests for Arden's current 504 plan, I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to get it to you! This plan has been used at the fourth and fifth grade levels and I hope that it serves as a guide for you when you are crafting/creating/editing your child's 504. 

Please remember that a good 504 plan is no replacement for a great relationship with your school and that sometimes those relationships take a lot of time to cultivate. I hope you can take a moment to read a past blog post about that subject.

Episode 65 of the Juicebox Podcast is all about 504 plans... you can listen here but the cool kids use: Apple Podcasts/iOS - Spotify - Amazon Alexagoogle play/android - iheart radio -  or their favorite podcast app.

The Word file is available here. Arden's name and all personal information has been removed. Please feel free to use this document in anyway that will benefit your child. Please also remember that nothing that you read on Arden's Day is to be considered advice, my disclaimer says more. Decisions should always be made with he help of a physician.

Language processing is impaired during moderate hypoglycemia

Scott Benner

Effects of Acute Hypoglycemia on Working Memory and Language Processing...

New research sponsored by the ADA indicates that hypoglycemia causes significant deterioration in reading span and the accuracy of subject-verb agreement. Below is the research abstract from the study as well a link to the origin page. Click here to see the entire study in PDF form.


Effects of Acute Hypoglycemia on Working Memory and Language Processing in Adults With and Without Type 1 Diabetes.


OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of hypoglycemia on language processing in adults with and without type 1 diabetes.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Forty adults were studied (20 with type 1 diabetes and 20 healthy volunteers) using a hyperinsulinemic glucose clamp to lower blood glucose to 2.5 mmol/L (45 mg/dL) (hypoglycemia) for 60 min, or to maintain blood glucose at 4.5 mmol/L (81 mg/dL) (euglycemia), on separate occasions. Language tests were applied to assess the effects of hypoglycemia on the relationship between working memory and language (reading span), grammatical decoding (self-paced reading), and grammatical encoding (subject-verb agreement).

RESULTS: Hypoglycemia caused a significant deterioration in reading span (P < 0.001; η2 = 0.37; Cohen d = 0.65) and a fall in correct responses (P = 0.005; η2 = 0.19; Cohen d = 0.41). On the self-paced reading test, the reading time for the first sentence fragment increased during hypoglycemia (P = 0.039; η2 = 0.11; Cohen d = 0.25). For the reading of the next fragment, hypoglycemia affected the healthy volunteer group more than the adults with type 1 diabetes (P = 0.03; η2 = 0.12; Cohen d = 0.25). However, hypoglycemia did not significantly affect the number of errors in sentence comprehension or the time taken to answer questions. Hypoglycemia caused a deterioration of subject-verb agreement (correct responses: P = 0.011; η2 = 0.159; Cohen d = 0.31).

CONCLUSIONS: Hypoglycemia caused a significant deterioration in reading span and in the accuracy of subject-verb agreement, both of which are practical aspects of language involved in its everyday use. Language processing is therefore impaired during moderate hypoglycemia.

© 2015 by the American Diabetes Association. Readers may use this article as long as the work is properly cited, the use is educational and not for profit, and the work is not altered.