Letter from physician for DD\'s 504 Eligibility

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Here is the letter that our allergist sent to our School District for our DD's 504 Eligibility meeting. It was our intention to make the allergist a member of the 504 Eligibility committee through the statements he makes in his letter.

[i]Dr. xxxx Director of Instructional Resources xxx School District

May 9, 2005

To Whom It May Concern:

I have been asked by Mariah X's parents to provide medical information regarding Mariah

On May 27, 2005

Gail W,

This is the best doctor letter I've ever seen.

Doctor clearly gets it and does a great job of advocating for his patient. Good coaching, Gail [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 27, 2005).]

On May 27, 2005

Not much 'wiggle room', is there? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

Thought about some of the arguments the School District had thrown at me about why mariah wasn't eligible: "PA is not significantly limiting".... "breathing is not significantly limited"..... "mitigating measures". I wanted it all squarely addressed [i]by the doctor[/i].

My favorite line: [i]I believe Mariah qualifies for a Section 504 designation, and I strongly urge the X School District to learn how Section 504 applies to students such as Mariah who are anaphylactic to foods.[/i]

[b]I love my allergist.[/b]

On May 27, 2005

that totally rocks

On Aug 16, 2005

bumping up for a friend

On Aug 16, 2005

I used much of that letter for my school as well.

On Oct 9, 2005

re-raising beacuse i do not know how to link(duh,) great letter.

On Dec 6, 2005

for gvmom

On Dec 9, 2005

Reraising I found this to be an excellent letter. I worded it for my particular situation. Absolutely write the letters *for* your doctors.

On Dec 9, 2005

oops didnt bother to check that you raised your own letter duh

On Dec 9, 2005

Thanks for re-raising. How much "help" did your doctor need for you to get a letter like that? Did you suggest what to write -- or is he that awesome?

On Dec 9, 2005

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Originally posted by gvmom: [b]How much "help" did your doctor need for you to get a letter like that? Did you suggest what to write -- or is he that awesome?[/b]

Well, he [i]is [/i] incredibly awesome... but I drafted this letter with the help of two friends from here. The only changes he made were in the paragraph describing anaphylaxis.

What I tried to do and was successful at achieving was to make my allergist a part of of "Team" without him attending the Eligibility meeting. In addition to using the "504 language" ("significantly affects the life function of breathing") I also wanted him to state outright that Mariah qualified for the designation. I knew that if I could get him to state that, that it would be impossible for the school district to deny Mariah the designation.

So....

In order for my allergist to state that Mariah qualified took some major preparation on my part. First I copied him in on the letter that I sent to the school district requesting her designation. That letter contained all the substantiating documents. It is here: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001879.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001879.html[/url] After he reviewed those 3 federal documents, we e-mailed back and forth to clarify. Then he consulted with some of his colleagues. Once he was knowledgeable about the designation, he was comfortable stating that Mariah in fact qualified.

But the letter itself was what I drafted with only a few minor medical jargon changes. I proposed the letter to him once he became familiar with 504 and I knew he was on board. It took time for him to review all the material I gave him and to consult about it. But as I said initially, he [i]is awesome.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I think it is very likely that if I did not have such a strong letter from him that Mariah would have been denied the designation. I really do. In some instances such as ours, it's that important.

[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited December 09, 2005).]

On Dec 12, 2005

Gail,

I'm printing out this thread, especially liking your allergist's letter, for Ryan's allergist.

Ours was a model taken right from RhondaRS, but yours takes the specifics to the nth degree. You're absolutely right--not much wiggle room.

I really think some allergists could use as many letter models as they can for 504 qualification. I would make the battle much easier for the parents of their patients.

On Jan 12, 2006

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Originally posted by ryan's mom: [b]I really think some allergists could use as many letter models as they can for 504 qualification. I would make the battle much easier for the parents of their patients.[/b]

Great idea. Raising for bandbmom's(Tracy).

On Jan 30, 2006

Bumping up.

(guess what I'm up to? bwahahaha)

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Love this site!!

On Jan 30, 2006

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Originally posted by Corvallis Mom: [b] (guess what I'm up to? bwahahaha) [/b]

Helping Laura by providing her a sample letter for her pediatrician?

On Feb 7, 2006

Re-raising for Laifong.

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