One of the most magical times for diabetes happens every year in July, with the annual Friends For Life® Conference hosted at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida”.

Children with Diabetes presents our 19th annual Friends for Life® Orlando Conference. Join world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care.

Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Attend focus groups and meet with companies who aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes. Participate in discussion groups, share your own story, help motivate and support others who walk in similar shoes…
and make friends for life.

Join Us

Take advantage of early bird pricing if you register by December 31, 2017!

Speakers at a Glance

Meet our world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians and community members.

Conference at a Glance

Learn more about our educational sessions and shared cutting-edge care and management ideas.

Photo Gallery

Check out the fun-activities, speakers, special events and special guests.

Our Thanks to This Year’s Founding Sponsors

Registering for the Conference.

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference.

Pricing information is online on our Registration Page. Note that pricing information is on a per person basis.
Registering for the conference is a separate process from making hotel reservations – please make sure that you do both*.
*Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself.

Registration includes:
All sessions and session materials for adults and children
Childcare for children age 5 and under
Wednesday Grand Opening Reception (6:00 p.m.)
Thursday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
Thursday Family and Friends Banquet (dinner)
Friday lunch and snack breaks
Friday Off-Site Day for teens
Saturday events
Sunday Farewell Breakfast
All of the various receptions/socials
(Teen Dance, Tween Social, Dessert with the Faculty)
One t-shirt per registered person

Register now

Important Screenings at Friends for Life®

Friends for Life® Conferences
oer valuable opportunities to try products including pumps,
and important screenings for celiac and retinal screening.

Should I Attend?

CWDFFL is the largest diabetes gathering in the world. It’s unlike any other conference I know.

I wish I could have attended every single session—the ones I attended were amazing and helped me understand T1, my daughter, her feelings, and how to best manage it all.

B. Johnson,

Mom to Kamden,

Diagnosed 9.13.2005

Having this experience can renew your passion as a parent and help you to inspire your child to chase their dreams.

B. Johnson,

Mom to Kamden,

Diagnosed 9.13.2005

It was awesome and I never wanted to leave. I wanted to live there with my new friends.

Kelly, age 14

Diagnosed 2.7.2010

I’m a T1 and a Friend for Life.

Sometimes, when days are kind of rough, I’ll put on a green bracelet to remind myself that I am not alone.


Is this just for children and their families?

In 2017, roughly 2,000 people came from as far as South Africa to be at the conference, including 700 first-timers.

47% were adults

Friends for Life® began when our amazing Laura Billetdeaux asked CWD families if they wanted to vacation together. That annual gathering turned into the conference it is today, and includes T1 adults, grandparents teens, tweens and toddlers.


Families and Individuals

Adult T1s

Grandparents and Other Caregivers

Health Care Professionals

with type 1 diabetes including toddlers, tweens, teens and young adults.

their partners and spouses


who work with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)

I’m a T1 and a Friend for Life.

Sometimes, when days are kind of rough, I’ll put on a green bracelet to remind myself that I am not alone.


Here’s the Conference at a Glance



Registration is open from 9A to 4P.
Pick up your name badge, conference t-shirt, and green/orange bracelets nice and early!

First Timers!
First Timers Welcome Area open near Coronado H. Stop by and say hello!

Retinal Screenings
Retinal screenings begin.

Meet and Mingle 🙂
Meet new friends and enjoy pool time!
It’s easy to nd other FFLers – look for the bracelets and FFL tees!

Sports Central
Sports Central- our XXXXXX for XXXXX opens. Check the program for location info.

More Meeting and Mingling 🙂
Discussion groups and informal social get togethers will be held to help people meet each other.
Sta dinner and team-building @ Splitsville.

Speakers at a Glance

This conference had so many amazing people presenting on so many topics such as Parenting Your Tween, Support through Social Media, Diabetes Advocates Masterlab, Positive Caregiving, Family Teamwork in Diabetes Management, The Bionic Pancreas, Type 1 Diabetes in School, and many more great topics.



Kiraina Young

Certified Diabetes Educator / Blogger

Larry Deeb, MD

Clinical Professor, University of Florida

Jeb McDonnell

Blogger / Diabetes Advocate

Tami Ross

Recognized Diabetes and Nutrition Expert

Sammy Griffin

Blogger / Author / Diabetes Advocate

Our Thanks to This Year’s Founding Sponsors