Education and Support - JDRF


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School Advisory Toolkit

A resource to support and empower families as they communicate with school staff. To receive a copy, contact Denise Pentescu at 248-936-1284 or


JDRF Back to School Conferences

Held in August each year and in cities throughout Michigan and Northwest Ohio, JDRF’s Back to School Conference is a 2-hour program for parents and school employees to learn about tools and techniques to assure a safe learning environment for children with diabetes. Check back in the spring to see our list of 2013 events.

JDRF Safe At School Program
In cooperation with the Michigan Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, JDRF offers school-based, in-service training programs for teachers and school personnel to assure a safe learning environment for children with diabetes. Usually free of charge, a modest service fee may be required by some schools. To learn more about this service click here.


Adult Type 1 Toolkit

A resource to help adults with type 1 diabetes. The toolkit includes practical, personal information for adults at every life stage. To receive a copy, contact Denise Pentescu at 248-936-1284 or


Adult Type 1 JDRF Care Pack

Seriously? Adults are diagnosed with "juvenile" diabetes? Yes!
The term "juvenile diabetes," once commonly used by the medical community to refer to type 1 diabetes, is as prevelent in adults as it is in children. Now, in fact, 50 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes are adults; and 85 percent of all persons living with type 1 diabetes are over the age of 18.
JDRF provides services and support to help patients and families of all ages live a healthier, longer life without the fear of complications. Our JDRF Care Pack is created especially for newly diagnosed adult type 1 patients and is available at your endocrinologist’s office or your JDRF Chapter Office. Click here to receive your JDRF Care Pack and learn more about the services and programs we have for you.


Bag of Hope

The Bag of Hope is designed to provide support and information to families with a child recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Each “kit” is packaged in a JDRF branded backpack and contains an Accu-Chek blood glucose meter, a support DVD and a variety of books for children and their caregivers. Each bag also includes the popular Rufus the Bear. The Bag of Hope is free of charge and available only from JDRF. To learn more, please contact Denise Pentescu at 248-936-1284 or To sign up for the program, please download and fill out the form, available by clicking form image on the left.


Networking Coffees

Social meetings for parents, caregivers and anyone with insulin-dependent diabetes. Meetings encourage dialogue about the dynamics of living with diabetes and provide a forum to connect with others impacted by the disease. To receive contact information and schedules or learn how you can start a Networking Coffee in your community, please contact Denise Pentescu at 248-936-1284 or Meetings are currently held in the following communities: 

Ann Arbor
Bay City/Saginaw
Royal Oak area
Brighton area
Canton/Plymouth/Livonia area
Chesterfield/Macomb area
Children's Hospital of Michigan
Grand Blanc
Grosse Pointe/East Side area
Taylor/Downriver area
Troy/Central Oakland County
NW Ohio

Don’t see a JDRF Networking Coffee in your community? Contact our office to help start one at


Friendly Listener Mentor Group

Led by volunteers eager to share their experience of living with type 1 diabetes and trained to help the newly diagnosed or those encountering difficult times living with diabetes. JDRF’s volunteer mentors reach out and connect with others who are in need of support, information and the resources JDRF has to offer. If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of JDRF’s Friendly Listener Mentor Group, or if you would like to speak to a Mentor, please contact the Chapter Office or click here.


JDRF 2-Hour Education Series

Held in five Michigan communities in November, these educational programs provide help and tips in diabetes self-management.  Check back in early 2013 for a list of educational programs in your area. 


Diabetes Today and Tomorrow Conference

Presented in Partnership with Wayne County Community College District

Register Now! Free of Charge! New location!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

WCCCD-Western Campus, Belleville, Mich. (map)

Learn and network at the largest single-day diabetes patient education event in the U.S.  Free, full-day conference held annually for children, adults and teens with insulin-dependent diabetes and their caregivers. This event features leading diabetes experts addressing research and treatment advances, exhibitors, the JDRF Kids Camp designed for children aged 5-12 with diabetes and Teen Central for ages 13-19. 


Online Resources

JDRF has developed a number of resources to help every member of the family cope with diabetes. Visit to find basic information about diabetes and its management. The site also features special sections for kids and teens with diabetes, JDRF’s Online Diabetes Support Team, information on clinical trials, diabetes-related articles, links to other diabetes-related web sites, email newsletters and Juvenation, JDRF’s social network for people with type 1 diabetes.


All JDRF service and support programs are provided free of charge.

To make a tax-deductible gift in support of JDRF's mission and programs, please click the DONATE button at the top, right-hand corner of this page.

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