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Gina Clowes

Exclude the Treats, Not the Allergic Child at School

By Gina Clowes

Birthday cupcakes, pizza parties, candy rewards and holiday celebrations. Not a week goes by without some kind of edible treat in the classroom. For some, the solution is the “safe snack box”, a stash of safe snacks that parents of an allergic child will provide for times when unsafe food is served in the classroom. I’ve never been a fan. At my house, if we have …

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Gina Clowes

Help the School ‘Get’ Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

Sometimes we hear of community resistance to food allergy accommodations. For instance, back in 2011, parents at one Florida school went so far as to hold protests  over the accommodations requested for a first grader with a peanut allergy. That uproar resonated with me because of a similar controversy in my district several years ago …

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Laurie Harada

Tips For Talking to School Officials

By Laurie Harada

Food, the very sustenance of life, is present as we celebrate both life and death, mark rites of passage, and proudly offer others a glimpse into our unique cultures with special dishes. But our relationship with food – when, where, how, and even why we eat – has changed significantly over the years. There is …

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Gwen Smith

Sabrina’s Law Turns 10 Years Old

By Gwen Smith

It was the food allergy law that became famous across North America, and the hope born from tragedy. Ten years ago this month – May 16, 2005 – a legislative bill to accommodate students at risk of anaphylaxis in their schools in the province of Ontario was put to a final vote. As parents and …

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Gwen Smith

What’s in $24 Million? The Gift of Hope for Food Allergy

By Gwen Smith

Speechless! Awesome!!!! My family is so grateful to you – God bless your generous heart! THANK YOU Sean Parker. Amazing!!! Many blessings to you and your family!!! I love this man!! (Sample comments from Allergic Living’s Facebook page.) On December 17, the food allergy community used up its quota of exclamation marks to thank tech …

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Laurie Harada

The Summer Job, with Food Allergies

By Laurie Harada

So your allergic teen wants a job this summer. Here’s how to stay safe while making some money. It all went by so fast. One day, I was guiding my little boy as he learned to navigate the elementary school system with food allergies. The next, he was in high school, asserting his independence. While we had always encouraged Julian …

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