The rights for people with food allergies and celiac disease in college have come a long way. There are two main legal documents which apply, and a recent Department of Justice complaint which resulted in a settlement all but confirms that severe food allergies constitute a disability under U.S. law. Rehabilitation Act, 1973 Applies to: […]
For Canadian resources, click here. Keeping a food-allergic child safe and included in all school activities requires considerable planning. But fortunately, you do not have to go it alone. Thanita Glancey, president of the Loudoun Allergy Network in Virginia, has gained expertise in school allergy accommodations through years of advocacy work. She walks us through […]
For Rachel Maunus, a 13-year-old who lives with a life-threatening tree nut allergy, the school cafeteria can be a scary place – so her older sister decided to do something about that. Since 2011, Lauren Maunus, 15, has been spearheading an initiative designed to revolutionize food allergy awareness in Florida schools. “I’m really motivated because […]
Did you know that 80,000 American kids miss school every day due to asthma-related issues? National Jewish Health in Denver has created this excellent video about back-to-school asthma issues. It explains the so-called September Spike: how the combination of decreased medication use in summer months, fall allergens like ragweed and other students’ viruses can create […]
One-third of kids bullied because of allergies, but almost half of their parents were in the dark about it.
We know her best as Claire Dunphy on the hit TV series Modern Family. But in real life, Julie Bowen is one of us: an allergy mom with a son at risk of anaphylaxis. She found out the hard way – through an anaphylactic reaction – that her son, now 5 years old, has severe […]
Kids with food allergies are increasingly likely to be bullied, teased or harrassed. Why is this so common? And what you can do to make school a safe haven.
On November 17, 2011, two U.S. senators introduced proposed legislation that would encourage states to ensure their schools have access to stock epinephrine and training to administer it. You can help get this bill made into law by sending a letter to your senators. A sample letter, prepared by FAAN (the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis […]