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Communication Design senior designs materials to help kids diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes


When Sydney Genthe ‘21 (Communication Design) was eight years old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The materials doctors gave Sydney and her parents about the condition were created primarily for parents, not children, to understand. 

This experience inspired Sydney’s 2021 MIAD Senior Exhibition project, “MyTy.” MyTy is a box of materials for children that teaches them about living with Type 1 diabetes. The box includes an activity book, logbook, colorful bandages, an ID card, stickers and a stuffed animal dog named Benny to hold while taking injections.

This project, along with the projects of more than 160 MIAD seniors, are on view in the virtual MIAD 2021 Senior Exhibition. The exhibition is generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. View online at seniorexhibition.miad.edu.

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