Excellant newspaper article!!

Posted on: Sun, 03/04/2001 - 2:37am
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

pPlease read these two great articles that were in the paper today. In the actual newspaper there were three stories but only two on the website. This paper has a large circulation so a lot of people see it. Also on the front page of the paper was a photo and a blurb to go to the life section to read the story on food allergies./p
p [url="http://www.nctimes.com"]www.nctimes.com[/url] click on San Diego County edition then go down to the Life and Times section : there are two articles there. I will try to post links directly to the articles:/p
p1. For some people, a harmless PBJ sandwich can be deadly [url="http://www.nctimes.com/news/2001/20010304/mm.html."]www.nctimes.com/news/2001/20010304/mm.html.[/url] /p
p2. A day at school with Rachelbr /
[url="http://www.nctimes.com/news/2001/20010304/nn.html"]www.nctimes.com/news/2001/20010304/nn.html[/url]br /
* this is me editing, for some reason the first article is not coming up, so read the second article first then click on previous story and you will get the other one.br /
p[This message has been edited by rilira (edited March 04, 2001).]/p

Posted on: Sun, 03/04/2001 - 10:35am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Linda - I can't even access the main page, let alone the 2 articles. I really want to read them! Can you cut and paste them into this thread? Is the "Rachel" in the story your daughter? Help!

Posted on: Sun, 03/04/2001 - 2:11pm
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

The North County Times is having some difficulty with their home page. Keep trying, the article is worth it!! If they do not fix it today, they archive all the stories. You can do a search from their home page [url="http://www.nctimes.com"]www.nctimes.com[/url] search by reporter name Cyndie de neve and all the articles she has written will come up, just click on the ones you want to read ( titles listed above). It really is worth seeing!!
Oh and yes, the Rachel in the story is my daughter!! Too bad they don't post the pictures too!!
[This message has been edited by rilira (edited March 05, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2001 - 1:22am
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Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

Click on the above hyperlink for a day at school with Rachel. It is working fine for me this morning. Then when done reading that click on previous story at the bottom of the page for the other article.

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2001 - 2:41am
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Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

Very interesting artilce on Rachel. But Rachel's mom could you clarify somethings for me.
1. Is the classroom aide specifically designated to watch your child and no others because of pa?
2. If so who picks up the cost (why are schools so unwilling to go pn-free if would make life so much easier and cheaper)
3. If you have been able to obtain this aide as part of the 504 plan (which my school district medical officier refuses to consider for pa), I am incredibly impressed.
Let us know how you achieved this. I think we could all learn from this.

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2001 - 2:43am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi Rilira -
Been awhile!
My mother sent me the links to the three articles - I'm still having trouble with the 1st one, but eventually it does work. Great articles and nice to put a face to the names on the board!
Thanks for the article. Debbie

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2001 - 3:19am
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Joined: 03/05/2001 - 09:00

Philip's Mom - I couldn't get the last link to work - it said "you are trying to access a page which does not exist on our site". Is this the page with the pictures in it? I'd really like to read it - the other 2 article were fantastic, Linda. Thanks for posting them! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2001 - 6:19am
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Linda, these articles were fabulous, especially Rachel's story. I'm SO pleased that they got such widespread circulation in "hard" copy and then had a website link too.
I'm also really glad that you posted the link so you could share your family's story with all of us. Now, you already know what I think about the other two people that were in the three person article, of which Rachel was a part, so I don't need to post that here! LOL!
Eileen, yes, Linda was able to get the aide as part of her 504 plan. If you go to the Schools section, Linda has actually very graciously posted her 26 point 504 Plan in a thread there. It is truly amazing. It's amazing for a couple of reasons - how Linda and her husband were able to cover all of the bases (they had things in there that I hadn't even thought of) and how they were able to get the school to implement this plan for them. I believe it probably has a lot to do with how Linda presented the plan to the school - not aggressively, but effectively.
Oh, and I'm sorry, you know me already, I don't mean to presume to speak on her behalf.
I just think her 504 Plan is awesome, and although Canadian where we don't have 504 Plans, I was ashamed to have accepted a blanket school board policy re PA for my child after reading Linda's 504 Plan.
Linda, I have sent the links to this article to as many PA and some non-PA parents that I know. It would be great if they could somehow find out how many people clicked on to read about Rachel!
Also, it was great to see this because I know I had had some questions a few months ago about whether or not you'd let your child be in a newspaper, allow their photo to be taken, etc. and I really believe that having articles written about PA help raise awareness in the people who read them and also help empower our PA children, if we present their picture being taken, article being written about them in the positive light that it should be.
You know, I wish I had been able to simply come in and say I THINK IT'S GREAT! but you know me! LOL!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2001 - 11:35am
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Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

As Cindy already answered, yes the aide is assigned to only watch Rachel. That is the primary job responsibility. She does help in the classroom with schoolwork for the other kids. However, if Rachel has any problem she would immediately focus on her. She is considered an "independant facilitator/teacher aide". This is paid for through the funding accessed through the 504. The other little boy at Rachel's school also has an aide.
I am glad everyone liked the article!

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2001 - 12:49am
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Okay, Linda, I'm going to ask you even though you know it doesn't pertain to me, here in Canada. How exactly did you get your 504 Plan to cover the costs of an aide for Rachel? What I'm trying to say is, how did you present this to the school and get them to agree to it? Are there guidelines when writing out a 504 that show you what you can or cannot have implemented for your child?
The reason I'm asking is that I think a lot of people here need to know the information, for themselves, to get the same thing implemented for their child if they so desire, and also, because I think it is absolutely amazing.
I definitely know that I need Morgansmom, here in Canada, to go through my school board policy, to see exactly what I can really ask for for Jesse. I feel okay with the way things are at school right now, but next year, when he moves to Grade One, even the principal has expressed her opinion (not concern) that things will have to be dealt with differently.
Sorry, I know I'm going off-topic and I don't mean to. I'm simply quite curious and fascinated. Also, again, I apologize for answering on your behalf re the 504 Plan, but I thought if Eileen came in before you were able to post, at least she would have an answer to begin working with. I certainly didn't presume to speak on your family's behalf. I just know that you were able to have this implemented for Rachel.
Now, I'm off to e-mail the article (but not from this site! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ) to Jesse's principal.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2001 - 4:26am
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Anonymous (not verified)

I e-mailed Rachel's Story to Jesse's principal. She couldn't get the link to work so I sent her a copy of the actual page. If she has any response for me whatsoever, you know me, I'll be back in here posting it. I thought it was really important for her to see what was being done at another school re PA, even if it is in another country.
The whole thing is, this woman is opening a new school is our district next year. She has really focused on opening a school as the topper of her career. Wouldn't it be great if I could somehow convince her that on top of opening a school, how about opening a "peanut free" one? I already know the answer so I haven't even tried to pursue it with her.
Opening a new school is something she considers a career maker/topper. Bring PA into it and that's a totally different thing.
Somehow, I guess because I'm a PA parent I would want to open a school and have it the first PA one in Stayner. Oh well.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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