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Federal Probe Sought In Fla. Pre-K Diabetic Issue

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A patient with diabetes monitors blood glucose with a glucometer. (Photo by ELMER MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A patient with diabetes monitors blood glucose with a glucometer. (Photo by ELMER MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

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