I read about the Tween Program. My son is 13. Will he be a Tween or a Teen?
We must be very strict about kids staying within their particular age groups. This year we will have childcare (ages 0-5), elementary group (ages 6-8), a young tween group (ages 9-10), and older tween group (ages 11-12), a young teen group (ages 13-14) an older teen group (ages 15-17). Those who are 18 are part of the young adult group, not teens.
I see that the teens are scheduled to go o-site on Friday. Will other age groups be doing this as well?
This is a special event just for the teens. Note that teens must participate in all four sessions on Thursday in order to participate in the o-site event on Friday. The only exception is for teens who have retinal screening scheduled during a teen session.
Can children come into the adult sessions?
They may, although we strongly encourage kids to be in their age-appropriate sessions. The material presented in adult sessions is on an adult level. Often, some of these same topics are discussed with the children within the context of some of their other learning activities – and the material is at an age-appropriate level for their group. Be aware that some adult and parents sessions include topics that are not appropriate for kids and kids will not be permitted in those sessions. Also note that teens must attend their teen sessions to be permitted to join in the Park Day on Friday and attend the Teen Dance on Saturday.
Can you share any tips for traveling with diabetes?
Please see our Traveling with Diabetes and Flying with Diabetes for suggestions.
I’m confused about where all the meals and sessions are. Can you please explain?
All sessions and meals are held onsite at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The resort includes a large attached convention center. Main meals will be held in the Coronado Ballrooms. Snack and beverage breaks will be held in the Pre-Function area in front of Veracruz (Exhibit Hall).
I received a registration conrmation form. Do I need to keep this?
The confirmation form veries what you paid for. You should have received this from RegOnline right after you completed payment. Please print out your registration confirmation and bring it with you to the conference. When you pick up your registration materials on Tuesday or Wednesday, you can double check that everything is correct. At the registration desk (South Registration), we will hand you name badges, conference t-shirts (the sizes you indicated on the registration form), and a printed program. Nothing is mailed ahead of time.
Our family is planning to arrive a few days early, stay at the hotel, and visit some local theme parks. Is there a way for us to hook up with other CWD families ahead of time?
There are usually hundreds of FFL participants at the hotel from Sunday on. CWD families are pretty easy to recognize poolside: we’re the ones with the diabetes t-shirts, glucose tabs and juice sitting out, the blood glucose meters on the pool chairs, and pump tubing hanging out of swim trunks! Also, there is an email list for all families participating in the conference. When you provide an email address on your registration form, you are automatically added to the list. As a list member, you may send a message to all other participants. You might ask, for instance, if other families with a 7 year old would like to go to a theme park with you on Monday. Or if anyone with preschoolers would like to meet at the kiddie pool at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Please note that this year, we have organized Meet Ups for moms, dads, adults with type 1, and signicant others.
Is there a Facebook Group for Friends for Life® Orlando?
Yes, we have a private Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/FFLOrlando. You must ask to be admitted to the group. If your Facebook prole doesn’t immediately convey that you are part of the type 1 diabetes community, please email Je Hitchcock (email@example.com) and ask him to approve your request to join the group.
What is a focus group? Do I have to sign up for them?
Focus groups are oered on Wednesday only. These are small group discussions or presentations, hosted by the sponsors of the conference or an academic
institution. It is their opportunity to interact with you on a more personal level, to get your ideas and insights, present some of their new concepts, and perhaps get your feedback on new products they are developing. The groups are small – some have only a few people and others have up to 40. They are not as large as a regular conference sessions which may have several hundred people in each. You do not need to sign up for focus groups unless specically requested by the company leading the session.
We cannot afford the conference. Are there scholarships available?
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation oers conference scholarships each year. Please refer to the Diabetes Scholars Foundation website for more information. Please note that the Diabetes Scholars Foundation is an entirely separate organization from CWD, so you do need to contact them directly in order to discuss scholarship questions.
Do I sign up ahead of time for the sessions on Thursday and Friday?
No, you do not sign up for the Thursday and Friday sessions. Just go to them. Please be on time, as the seats do ll up.
I’m coming from outside the US. Can CWD help me get a visa?
CWD is unable to provide any assistance with obtaining a visa. Visitors from outside the US are encouraged to submit a visa application well in advance of their anticipated travel date. Note that you will also need to make your own hotel reservations using a credit card. CWD cannot help with that either.
I work with a non-prot diabetes organization in my community. Is it ok for me to hand out information about it at the conference?
CWD receives hundreds of requests from organizations such as yours. Only companies and organizations demonstrating their products in our Exhibit Hall are permittd tp hand out materials at CWD conferences. Lower-cost exhibitor tables can be reserved in the Exhibit Hall specically for smaller organizations.