Registering for the Conference
Every conference participant needs to register for the conference
This dynamic program is designed to offer time to connect with our sponsors and take in a keynote presentation on Tuesday, and a variety of educational sessions during the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Following sessions, there will be free time with open Zoom meeting rooms, where adults, parents, tweens, and teens can connect and talk. Some of our CWD friends and faculty will be dropping by the Zoom rooms throughout the conference, so be on the lookout for special guests!
Should I Attend?
YES! CWD has invited some of the top experts in the research and clinical care to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available for Q&A during their presentations, as well as in open Zoom meeting rooms throughout the conference. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. FFL Fall 2021 is an intimate digital opportunity to network, share ideas, and interact with CWD's wonderful and caring professionals ... from the comfort of your home.
Get in the Spirit for Friends for Life Fall 2021
Is FFL just for children and their families?
Friends for Life® began when 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, and siblings.
But Friends for Life is not just for children. Friends for Life brings together all kinds of people impacted by diabetes, providing support and education for children, adults, caregivers, spouses, and friends. There's no limit to our community, or the inspiration you'll find there.
During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the necessary move to bring Friends for Life to our community virtually, increasing access to information and support while we wait to connect again in-person.
Thinking about attending? There's something for everyone, from the newly diagnosed family to the folks who have been living with diabetes for decades. Come join our Friends for Life Fall 2021 event, where we can cozy up to our computers, finding friends for life one keystroke at a time.
Families & Individuals
with type 1 diabetes including toddlers, tweens, teens, and young adults, including siblings
Adults with T1D
and their significant others, children, and friends
Grandparents & Other Caregivers
who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes
who, even though they don't have diabetes, they still live with diabetes
Health Care Professionals
who work with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)
" Sometimes, when days are kind of rough, I’ll put on a green bracelet to remind myself that I am not alone. "
Conference Schedule at a Glance
Sessions begin on Tuesday, November 9 and end on Sunday, November 14 -- World Diabetes Day! Click the days below to see the sessions scheduled. Our virtual exhibit hall will be open too, with details on sessions and events by our sponsors coming soon. We will send instructions on connecting to these sessions on Monday, November 8 to everyone who has registered. Note all times are Eastern US.
TUESDAY, November 9
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Opening Keynote: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Tandem Diabetes Care Company Corner
Meet with a Tandem Diabetes Care representative to learn more about the t:slim X2 insulin pump with Control-IQ technology
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Learn about early screening for type 1 diabetes (T1D)
Join Jacquelyn Brown, PhD at Provention Bio as she explains T1D risk factors, how The Type 1 Test works, and the benefits of knowing the test results as early as possible.
WEDNESDAY, November 10, 2021
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm -- Workout with Lauren Salko
Join us for a virtual ambassador workout with Professional Freestyle Skier, Lauren Salko
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -- Back to Basics: Diabetes 101
Kajal Ghandi, DO, MPH
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Carb Counting
Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RDN, CDCES, CDN
THURSDAY, November 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -- Navigating Diabetes Technologies and Sharing Data
Julie Gettings, PhD
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Teamwork in Diabetes: Leveraging and Lending Diabetes-Related Support
Jessie Wong, PhD
FRIDAY, November 12, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -- Diabetes Advocacy in the U.S.
Stewart Perry and George Huntley
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Advocating for Your Child
Leigh Fickling, JD and Jeff Karitis
SATURDAY, November 13, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm -- Making the Most of your Closed Loop System
Daniel DeSalvo, MD
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm -- Getting Insulin into Your Body: Infusion Sets, Site Rotation, and More
Marissa Town, RN, BSN, CDCES
SUNDAY, November 14, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm -- World Diabetes Day 2021 Celebration
Join members of the CWD team and the CWD community for a day of celebration and reflection on World Diabetes Day 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm -- Meet the CWD Team and Learn About FFL 2022
Meet the CWD team -- Jeff, Laura, Marissa, Matt, and Sasha -- and hear about our plans for Friends for Life 2022 conferences
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm -- Wait Wait… Don’t Poke Me! The Diabetes Game Show
Join Stacey Simms for a fun take-off of the popular NPR game show! Stacey is the host of the award-winning weekly podcast Diabetes Connections