Screenside Chats with CWD

Screenside Chats with CWD: Advocating Safely, with Cynthia Deitle and Leigh Fickling


As a person living with type 1 diabetes, have you ever thought about what would happen to you if you are stopped by police, detained, or arrested? If your child has T1D, do you feel that he or she is prepared for this encounter? While a surprise interaction with a law enforcement officer may never occur, it is essential to be prepared and know your rights. You must assume that the officer stopping you has never heard of type 1 diabetes and has no idea what you need to keep your blood glucose within range. This presentation includes information on how to navigate the criminal justice system to protect yourself, or someone you love, from losing access to insulin or diabetes supplies.⁣

This video was originally broadcasted live via webinar on June 7, 2020 at 3 pm ET.

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Cynthia M. Deitle, JD, LLM, is the Programs and Operations Director for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1995 to 2017. During her career with the FBI, she focused her efforts on investigating violations of federal civil rights laws including police brutality and misconduct, hate crimes, and human trafficking.⁣ ⁣

Leigh Fickling, MEd, MS, JD is the Executive Director of the Disability Management System at Duke University and Health System. With over 20 years of higher education administration experience, Leigh is an expert in college and workplace accommodations for individuals with disabilities. As a former solo legal practitioner, Leigh’s law firm specialized in education law, disability law, and family law.⁣