Diabetes Advocacy is a dedicated to providing information, to improve the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of people living with type 1 diabetes.
We have hundreds of pages of information to help you. Whether you need to navigate your way through tax-relief programs, or find information on choosing the best insulin delivery system for you, we can help. There are also a few quirky tales from our own life with type 1 diabetes!
Over the years, we have worked to become a voice for those living with Type 1 diabetes. This voice has been heard by politicians on both provincial and federal levels. In the 2004, Diabetes Advocacy was instrumental in the reforming of the Disability Tax Credit. This credit allows people living with Type 1 diabetes to receive some financial relief. We continue to work to improve access to devices and supplies for those living with diabetes. Finally, we have further spent years assisting in defining the rights of children with diabetes in schools.
Diabetes is a demanding condition. The best way I have found to stay sane is to take things four hours at a time and celebrate every great blood sugar!Barb Wagstaff
The driving force behind Diabetes Advocacy
Barb Wagstaff is the driving force behind Diabetes Advocacy. Her youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just two years old.
You can read their story below.
After being active in the diabetes community for the past 20 years, she understands the highs and lows of living with this disease. Barb now dedicates much of her time and energy to providing people with diabetes support, education and tools that help them to live their best life with diabetes.
Barb is not a doctor but she has played one in real life
While she has no formal medical training, Barb has a degree in Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach. Raising a child with type 1 diabetes has provided her with a sharp learning curve. In an attempt to give him the most normal life possible, Barb has spent hours researching, learning, and meeting with experts and researchers in the world of type one diabetes care. It is this self-taught education that has led her to advocate, share and offer support to people living with diabetes throughout Canada and the world.
You can learn more about Diabetes Advocacy in our media kit.
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