LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE WITH
T1D Academy provides services and support to people, families and caregivers who are challenged with managing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) through workshops, programs and individual sessions addressing a variety of topics to support T1Ds in living their best life.
We take great pride in building solid relationships with and being fully committed to our fellow T1s. We have intimate knowledge about the physical and emotional challenges that Type 1 Diabetes throws at you from day-to-day, minute-to-minute. We welcome the opportunity to share our experiences, expertise and encouragement with you, your family, friends, caregivers, teachers, coaches, counsellors... anyone and everyone that touches your life.
We have well over 2 decades of success with self-management strategies with Type 1 Diabetes for adults and adolescents. Through that experience we have shaped an all-encompassing, evidence-based offering that we strongly believe will help you live your best life with T1D.
TYPE 1 DIABETES.
NEW DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT
YOU'RE NOT ALONE WE'RE ALWAYS HERE
ARE YOU FEELING OVERWHELMED? NEED A LITTLE EXTRA HELP?
We offer dedicated support for newly diagnosed clients and caregivers in support of finding your 'new normal'. We have a combined 30 years of experience with T1D management and will be at your beck and call to answer questions, provide support, programs and resources, liaison with your child's daycare and/or school staff and administration to ensure care plans are in place, refer you to trusted healthcare professionals, or just lend an ear to vent to or shoulder to lean on.
The first few months are especially overwhelming. Contact us, today, to learn more about how we can help you live your best life with Type 1 Diabetes.
MEAL PLANNING MADE EASIER.
Managing blood sugars can be a challenge. There are over 40 lifestyle factors that can make them spike too high or drop too low, not to mention eating patterns (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, halal, celiac, gluten-free) and digestive issues; e.g., gastroparesis (slow motility), intestinal enteropathy (reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc.) and/or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The foods we eat play a major role in blood sugar management. Our Registered Dietitian is available to support you and your family in optimizing your lifestyle and making choices that will help you...
IMPROVE YOUR TIME-IN-RANGE.
Do you have questions about counting carbs, reading nutrition labels, the glycemic index, how to shop for 'T1D-friendly' foods, meal and snack ideas or tracking tools? Come and see us. Our registered dietitian has a bunch of great, evidence-based information to share! Most insurance plans will cover services provided by a registered dietitian. Please contact us for details.
Click HERE for meal planning support.
ADVOCACY & EDUCATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING and WORKSHOP FACILITATION
EXPERTS AT YOUR SERVICE
GET IN TOUCH AND LET'S MAKE A PLAN!
Do you need 'lived experience' support to clinch that grant funding, influence policy decisions or put the heat on your insurance provider? Are you looking for help to educate teachers, caregivers, coaches, employers and/or friends and family? Is there a conference or event coming up that you'd love to have a subject matter expert speak at? Contact us, today, and help us help you reach your goals!
KRISTEN GARLAND, RD, MAN, Pn1
With almost 25 years of experience living with type 1 diabetes, exploring strategies and technologies to help manage the burden of chronic disease and a Masters in Applied Nutrition, Kristen has a wealth of knowledge about all things T1D. She is passionate about educating, advocating and helping people from all walks of life better understand life with Type 1.
Diagnosed just before her 7th birthday, Kenadie has become quite well-known in T1D circles. As a national ambassador for JDRF and The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre she has travelled to Parliament Hill to advocate for research funding, educated kids and staff about caring for kids with T1D in schools, represented her daily challenges with Type 1 at many events and sponsorship pitches, fundraised over $100,000 and been featured in many nationally published articles and campaigns. She also is certified in babysitting and first aid by the Canadian Red Cross.
Contact us, today, to learn more about how we can support you in reaching your goals.
BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF
PAY IT FORWARD
MENTORING & PEER SUPPORT
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!
Become a member of our peer support network and get matched with a peer, group or service that best fits your needs, personality, experience or passion.
MENTORS: help someone out who is struggling with issues you've also experienced or have tackled and help someone live their best life with T1D.
MENTEES: connect with someone who 'gets you' and what you're going through.
CONNECT: looking for babysitter for your T1D? Do you have a special talent? Do you like making friends? Do you want free entry to workshops? This is for YOU!!
DON'T GO IT ALONE...
THE ART OF T1D MANAGEMENT
WE WANT TO HELP YOU LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES.
There are so many different ways you can manage T1D and monitor your sugars. We can help you compare all the T1D tech to find the tools that work best for you. We've got all the right connections to get you up and running.
WANT TO EASE BANK ACCOUNT BURNOUT?
We can also help you manage the costs associated with Type 1 Diabetes:
applying for the Disability Tax Credit
understanding the Assisted Devices Program
securing academic accommodations for high school, college and university students
getting the most out of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
submitting insurance claims, and
accessing other government subsidies and funding available.
Contact us, today, for more information.
DO YOU HAVE A CHILD IN DAYCARE, AT SCHOOL, OR CAMP?
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
... and T1D Academy is your superpower. We will work with you to educate and prepare your child's caregivers to ensure the best, most comprehensive care for your prized possessions while they're off exploring, learning, and growing. Every year, your child's teachers will change, new coaches, counsellors or babysitters will be trusted to keep your loved one safe at all times. Type 1 Diabetes is relentless and unpredictable, demanding a wide spectrum of care strategies that differs from person to person. At T1D Academy, we recognize that you need a customized care plan to keep what's most important to you safe and sound when you can't be there to do it yourself. We welcome the opportunity to partner with your family to help educate and equip those who will be responsible for your kids, teens and young adults with all the skills and tools required to make sure diabetes doesn't take all the fun out of childhood!
WEBSITES WORKS WONDERS!!
Are you tired of printing and reprinting your child's T1D package for their teachers, coaches and caregivers every year? Why not just simply send a link, instead? Get a personalized website for your child, allowing you to provide their very own URL that caregivers can visit whenever they need to, from wherever they are!
T1D Academy can help you design, populate and manage a website to provide caregivers with all necessary information to ensure your T1D is safe and secure and taken care of the way YOU want them to be! It's also an opportunity to provide education and awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. Click HERE for more info.
Contact us, today, to learn more about how you can help us help you live your best life with Type 1 Diabetes.
Kristen has been laser-focused on the pursuit of her dream of establishing a support centre for people challenged by Type 1 diabetes (T1D) since her daughter's diagnosis in 2013. Her personal experience as an adult with, and a parent of a child managing this chronic, complex, life threatening disease will be of great benefit and inspiration to the patients and families she will encounter in her professional career. Kristen's contributions to The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre have helped to ensure that the needs of its patients and families are being met while incorporating ideas and expertise that support The Centre's strategic plan. Kristen has emerged as a role model and example of how to not only help yourself, but also help others. She continues to exemplify resilience, dedication and a determination to excel, pushing boundaries and thinking outside the box to accomplish goals and striving to be inclusive. She believes that working together in interdisciplinary teams, where patients have a strong voice, is far more powerful than achieving success in isolation. Kristen has vision, compassion and empathy for others and consistently demonstrates her adaptability and in-depth understanding of the needs, implications and effects of chronic disease on both physical and mental well-being. She offers a background of varied experiences to draw from.that will be of great benefit to those lives she touches.
MARLENE GRASS, RN | Founder
The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre
WE WANT TO HELP YOU LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES.
We take great pride in our relationships and always welcome the opportunity to continue the pursuit of our passion to educate and advocate for T1D. We look forward to every opportunity to add value and reduce the burden of chronic disease by working collaboratively with our clients, families and friends, drawing upon decades of experience to bring about successful outcomes. If this sounds like a team you would like to work with, we’re ready and happy to help! Have questions, comments or just want to say "HI!", please use our contact form, below.