Last week, more than 80 food allergic kids from 23 states converged on Washington DC. They were there to talk to legislators about living with food allergies and the need for more funding for research and education. They were also there to request that elected officials pass the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Act which calls for national voluntary guidelines for schools to manage food allergy.
What a fantastic opportunity for young people to advocate for themselves and to be part of the legislative process. This is the 3rd Kids' Congress on Capitol Hill. It is an every other year event. Children and their parents apply to attend, and they are selected by a committee of FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) staff. The next Kids' Congress is slated for 2011.
Check here for pictures and other information related to the event: http://www.foodallergy.org/media/press_releases/kidscongress2009.html