Associated Press Release
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A federal investigation is being sought into claims that diabetic children are being turned away from many Florida pre-kindergarten programs.
The American Diabetes Association and Southern Poverty Law Center want the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to examine whether pre-k programs routinely discriminate against children with diabetes.
The law center's own investigation of 75 Broward County pre-k programs found that only 16 percent were willing to make all the necessary accommodations, including monitoring a child's blood sugar level and giving insulin injections.
About a third of providers said they had no space for the diabetic child even though parents of children without diabetes were told there was space.
The complaint says pre-k providers are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws by discriminating against diabetic children.