Crystal Crismond Jackson
Crystal Crismond Jackson is a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)’s Legal Advocacy staff located at ADA’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and Director of the Association’s Safe at School Campaign. Crystal is considered a national authority on the rights of students with diabetes and has spoken at conferences and forums throughout the United States and internationally on how to effectively advocate on behalf of students with diabetes, training hundreds of parent advocates, attorneys, and health care professionals.
A parent of a child with diabetes, Crystal began her advocacy as a volunteer for ADA when she and another parent advocate teamed up to lead the passage the first state diabetes school legislation in the country which provides comprehensive coverage for students with diabetes in Virginia. Simultaneously she pursued a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education resulting in a settlement that is a nationwide model for safe and effective school diabetes care.
Crystal, a former litigation paralegal, is a contributor to many journal articles and diabetes publications including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Diabetes Education Program’s school guide entitled “Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel” and the ADA’s treatise on school issues: “Legal Rights of Students with Diabetes.” Crystal is a member of the Virginia Diabetes Council and serves on a number of other diabetes and youth advisory boards. She resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
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