Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I register for the conference?
Registration forms are now online. There is a link called Registration at the bottom of the conference home page. Click on that link, and it will take you to the registration forms. Early registration (least expensive) will extend until March 31, 2005. Regular registration will be April 1 - June 30. After June 30, it will be considered 'late registration' and you will need to register on site at the conference.
- How do I register for childcare at the conference?
Registration forms for childcare will be available on January 1. There will be a link called Childcare at the bottom of the conference home page. Click on that link, and it will take you to the registration forms for childcare. Please note that we will be limited to 125 children in childcare because of space limitations. So register as early as possible. Childcare is for full days only and for children ages 6 and under. Animas will provide certified diabetes educators for diabetes management in childcare.
- Can my child participate in childcare for partial days?
No. Childcare is for full days only. We need to do this for staffing reasons. Childcare will open at approximately 8 a.m. on Thursday. Parents need to pick up their child at noon for lunch (90 minute lunch break). Childcare will close at 5:00 Thursday and Friday.
- What do I do about snacks in childcare?
You may leave a snack at childcare, in a container marked with your child's name on it. Or, you may bring a snack from the snack break area over to your child in childcare. It is fine for a parent to come into childcare at any time to check a blood sugar, visit, or bring a snack - we simply ask that you not bring your child in and out of the area, as that makes it difficult to keep track of so many children. Snacks for everyone in the conference will be offered from 10:15-10:45 a.m. and from 2:45-3:15 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. There will be lemonade with sugar in the childcare area in case of low blood sugar. There will also be a supply of glucose tablets.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs, such as celiac or peanut allergies?
Yes. As with past conferences at the Coronado Springs Resort, the Disney catering department has been wonderful in accommodating all of the dietary needs of our conference participants. Please note that all food served at our conference will have portion size and carb counts listed in tent cards on the buffet tables. If you need special dietary accommodations (food allergies, kosher, gluten-free, etc.), there is a place on the registration form for you to note that. CWD's dietitian, Mike Schurig, will contact you closer to the conference dates to discuss your needs.
- How do I purchase tickets for the Disney parks, and will there be enough time for our family to visit them?
Park hopper tickets are available at a convention discount via the link on the conference home page (halfway down on the right). You may also purchase tickets at the hotel, on the regular Disney website, or at the gate (however, these are not the convention discount tickets). Time spent in the park is entirely up to you. Many families choose to come a few days early or stay a few days after the conference in order to have a Disney vacation. The conference designates Saturday as park day at Walt Disney World, and we encourage people to visit either Magic Kingdom or Epcot. CWD will have staff and CDEs at both those parks on Saturday during all open park hours. You do need to purchase your own ticket - it is not included in the price of registration.
- I want to volunteer. How do I sign up to help?
Lauren Lanning is in charge of the volunteer schedule. We have literally over a hundred volunteers of all ages each summer. We couldn't put on a conference without the help of these folks! Some jobs are quite big (coordinators of different areas, such as AV or moderators), others require less time (introduce a speaker, help fold t-shirts, or serve as a childcare runner). This year, we'll need parent volunteers to come along as chaperones to the water park with the teens on Friday, and we'll need evening volunteers to chaperone the Tweener and Teen events on Thursday and Friday. Lots of work to be done! Lauren starts matching volunteers to jobs in the spring. If, however, you'd like one of the coordinator jobs, please contact her earlier! Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Tuesday evening, we will have a social gathering for all volunteers and their families. This is where you'll get your volunteer t-shirt and assignment. It will be poolside if the weather is nice; indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate. More details to come.
- I read about the new Tweener program for this year. My son is 13. Will he be a Tweener or a Teen?
That is up for you (and him) to decide. Thirteen is a 'swing age' this year. This is the first year that we are having a Tweener program. We recognized last year that kids ages 10-13 are too old for the kids sessions and too young for the older teen sessions - they really need activities of their own. So, we're providing that. Some 13 year olds are very mature and will be comfortable with the older teens. Some will have a better comfort level with the 12 year olds. Please note that kids who are 12 will need to stay with the Tweener group.
- Can you tell us a little bit more about the gym area? That is new this year!
Yes, the gym area is brand new... and many thanks to Novo Nordisk who agreed to sponsor the gym and lots of equipment in it! The concept behind having the gym is that our kids need to be more active during the conference and not simply sitting in a chair in sessions. The gym will be equipped with basketball courts, volleyball courts, a mat area for martial arts and aerobics, and an area to play games such as dodge ball. We also have an outdoor sand volleyball court, an outdoor playground, and several swimming pools for our use. Gym time will be assigned by age group on Thursday and Friday. Staff (and volunteers) will take the kids there throughout the day, and they'll have a choice of activities. So, please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to participate in games and sports. We'll let you know ahead of time when swimming times will be so that your child has a swimsuit. We will have water, lemonade, and glucose tabs on hand. Your child will need to bring a blood glucose meter and will need to check before exercise! Please include this in your planning.
- I see that the teens are scheduled to go to a water park on Friday. Will other age groups be doing this as well?
Nope, just the teens. This is a 'trial' activity for us this year. We will see how it goes, and perhaps another year we can try it with different age groups. Please note that the teens will be responsible for purchasing their own water park ticket on site (or ahead of time - you can buy one right at the Coronado Springs Resort), and they will need some lunch money. We will have a designated area at the water park with chairs, shade, and coolers for pumps, insulin, etc. We need plenty of parent chaperones on this venture! If your teen does not wish to go to the water park, there will be a choice of other activities (exploring Downtown Disney or some other free Disney activity, assisting with the Tweener and children's activities, etc.).
- Can children come into the adult sessions?
Yes. Some topics may be of interest to children, particularly teens. Younger children will be better off in childcare.
- Can you share any tips for traveling with diabetes?
See our page about Traveling with Diabetes and Flying with Diabetes for advice.
Last Updated: Wednesday June 11, 2008 07:51:40
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