Better Together.

22 years ago, Children with Diabetes® was born out of our own personal and family experiences with T1.

Today, Children with Diabetes® and our Friends for Life® Conferences
bring together those who live with T1 and the amazing people who support them.

If you’re new to the T1 world, we know how you feel– and we know that you have many questions.

Our conferences bring together people just like you, and those who can provide answers–world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, T1 adults, children and families to help you learn more about current ideas for care and support.

We provide a full range of programs for kids, teens, tweens, parents, grandparents and adult T1s.

World-Class Science
Discussion Groups
Kids Activities
Carb-Counted Meals (including Gluten-Free)
Group Activities
Kid-focused Learning Groups
Sessions for Parents / Caregivers
State-of-the-Art Technologies
and much more.

Children with Diabetes® offers several conferences throughout the year.
The largest is held in Orlando– an international conference which each year brings together
approximately 2,000 members of the T1 community from around the globe at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Learn more about our conferences and see which one is right for you.

Our Thanks to This Year’s Founding Sponsors

Join Us.

Step 1.
Register for the Conference.

Register each participant for the conference.
Pricing information is on a per person basis.

Registration includes

All Sessions And Session Materials For Adults And Children
Childcare For Children Age 5 And Under
Wednesday Grand Opening Reception
Thursday Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Breaks
Thursday Family and Friends Banquet
Friday Lunch and Snack Breaks
Friday O-Site Day For Teens
Saturday Events
Sunday Farewell Breakfast
All Receptions / Socials
(Teen Dance, Tween Social, Dessert With The Faculty)
One T-shirt Per Registered Person

Registering for the conference is a separate process from making hotel reservations – please make sure that you do both.

Registration Dates and Pricing

Children up to age 5 at the time of the conference are $50.
For everyone age 6 or over at the time of the conference, the price is:

Early Bird


until December 31, 2017



until june 24, 2018

On Site


beginning July 8, 2018

Register now

Conference Scholarships

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation offers scholarships for families and young adults to attend CWD’s Friends for Life conference.
Information about scholarships will be online in early 2018. For more information, please contact the Diabetes Scholars Foundation.
Please do not contact Children with Diabetes. We do not run the scholarship program.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations prior to June 1, 2017 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee.
After June 1, 2017, no refunds are available.

I’m a T1 and a Friend for Life.

Sometimes support from the community is as important as the insulin I take;
both keep me healthy, and keep me going.

Step 2.
Now, Reserve Your Hotel Room.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is located near Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. The resort includes ve swimming pools, including a huge, feature-pool complex with southwestern theme. A children’s playground is on site, as is a large game arcade and tness center. A jogging trail winds around the 15-acre lake. Complimentary bus transportation, Disney’s Magical Express, is available between the Hotel and all Disney Theme Parks, as well as between the Orlando International Airport and the Hotel.

Accommodations feature 2 queen beds or a king bed, refrigerator, complimentary wireless internet, ceiling fan, coee maker, wall safe, and telephone. Wireless high speed internet is also available in public areas of the hotel, including the lobby, conference center, and swimming pool.

Room rates are $153 + tax.

This rate is available from July 1, 2018 to July 11, 2018 for those families who might want to extend their vacation. In support of the Friends for Life® conference, $15 per room night will be donated by Disney back to CWD.

CWD rooms will be located throughout the Coronado Springs Resort in the Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabana buildings. We do not have designated rooms in specic buildings. If you have a physical disability which requires close proximity to the Convention Center, please contact: Laura Billetdeaux at

Corporate Suites may be reserved for hospitality events or entertaining, subject to availability. There are dierent types of suites and they have dierent prices; please contact the Hotel directly for availability and pricing.

Reserve a room online at


Step 3.
Disney’s Magical Express.

After you’ve reserved your room and received a Coronado Springs Resort confirmation email, you can book complimentary ground transportation via Disney’s Magical Express.
(407) 827-6777

Childcare Registration / Forms

Childcare is limited to the first 100 children.
You must fill out the registration form (Word or PDF format) and return it according to the instructions contained in the form. Childcare Registrations can only be accepted after you have registered for the conference.

Childcare Registration in Word format
Childcare Registration in PDF format
Childcare Medical Information Sheet

The Childcare Medical Information Sheet is required for every child in child care with type 1 diabetes and is due by June 24, 2017.

Childcare Medical Information Sheet in Word format
Childcare Medical Information Sheet in PDF format

Conference Waiver

Every family must sign a waiver that covers all family members attending the conference. The waiver is included within your registration packet.

Important Screenings at Friends for Life®

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