FAAN\'s website now states children with LTFAs qualify under Section 504

Posted on: Tue, 12/12/2006 - 8:14am
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Scroll down to "Schools and the Law":

[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/advocacy-schools.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/advocacy-schools.html[/url]

[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited December 12, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 12/12/2006 - 2:16pm
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Wow...good find, Gail W! Wonder when this came about...warrants some investigation (if you know what I mean)...

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2006 - 12:28am
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......[i]finally.[/i]
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Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2006 - 1:28am
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"Finally" is right. I think this brief statement is soooooo important. Now parents can direct thier schools specifically to this paragraph on FAAN's website. I had multiple conversations with Chris Weiss about FAAN's absence of this type of 504 information and how difficult it is for parents that FAAN remained silent. He stated to me that it was "generally accepted" that children with LTFAs qualified under 504. So this sounds like his wordsmithing to me. Maybe a parting gift from Chris before he left FAAN?
I find it interesting that "eating", "breathing" and "caring for oneself" are specifically mentioned. Makes me wonder if all 3 of these boxes should be checked off on everyone's 504 plan.
My "copy/paste" option isn't working. Would someone please copy those paragraphs under "Schools and the Law" and paste them here?

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2006 - 2:17am
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[b]Schools and the Law[/b]
It is generally accepted that children with life-threatening food allergies are considered disabled under federal civil rights laws, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This is because a severe food allergy can substantially limit various major life activities, such as eating, breathing, and caring for oneself.
Section 504 applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance. All public schools, and many private schools, receive federal money; as a result, Section 504 is commonly utilized to safeguard food-allergic children at school. Section 504 is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2006 - 3:12am
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This is great - so many resources refer to FAAN. Here in Virginia, the state allergy guidance includes FAAN as one of the sources of information a school can use in developing their allergy policy.

Posted on: Thu, 12/14/2006 - 10:41am
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Thanks for posting this Gail!!!!
Tracy

Posted on: Tue, 12/12/2006 - 2:16pm
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Wow...good find, Gail W! Wonder when this came about...warrants some investigation (if you know what I mean)...

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......[i]finally.[/i]
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Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2006 - 1:28am
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"Finally" is right. I think this brief statement is soooooo important. Now parents can direct thier schools specifically to this paragraph on FAAN's website. I had multiple conversations with Chris Weiss about FAAN's absence of this type of 504 information and how difficult it is for parents that FAAN remained silent. He stated to me that it was "generally accepted" that children with LTFAs qualified under 504. So this sounds like his wordsmithing to me. Maybe a parting gift from Chris before he left FAAN?
I find it interesting that "eating", "breathing" and "caring for oneself" are specifically mentioned. Makes me wonder if all 3 of these boxes should be checked off on everyone's 504 plan.
My "copy/paste" option isn't working. Would someone please copy those paragraphs under "Schools and the Law" and paste them here?

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2006 - 2:17am
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Quote:
[b]Schools and the Law[/b]
It is generally accepted that children with life-threatening food allergies are considered disabled under federal civil rights laws, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This is because a severe food allergy can substantially limit various major life activities, such as eating, breathing, and caring for oneself.
Section 504 applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance. All public schools, and many private schools, receive federal money; as a result, Section 504 is commonly utilized to safeguard food-allergic children at school. Section 504 is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2006 - 3:12am
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This is great - so many resources refer to FAAN. Here in Virginia, the state allergy guidance includes FAAN as one of the sources of information a school can use in developing their allergy policy.

Posted on: Thu, 12/14/2006 - 10:41am
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Thanks for posting this Gail!!!!
Tracy

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