What the new ADA law means for colleges with students that have gluten and food allergies.
I am thrilled that by the time my daughter goes to college, with all the new research out there, she will either no longer have a peanut allergy or there will be things in place to help keep her safe and accomodate her allergy!
The new law will benefit a great number of food allergic students and their families. It will be easier to find places where the student can eat and significantly reduce food related expenses. This could represent savings of over $10,000 dollars for those attending colleges where paying for food meal plans is mandatory. Until now, many students had to pay for meal plans even when they knew that couldn’t eat any of the foods they served their college cafeterias.
With the new law students will not be required to pay for meal plans unless provisions are made to accommodate the individual’s allergy, such as serving peanut free, egg free, or gluten-free food choices.
How severe does the food or edible ingredient allergy have to be before the person is considered to have a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Severe, not mild food allergies can be considered…
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Posted on February 20, 2013, in Celiac, Food Allergies, Gluten free. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
Thanks for helping spread the word. BTW, I love the name “Allergy Warriors” Some become allergy warriors by birth others by love. 🙂
Just this week, I have been exchanging e-mails with a group of mom’s with kids ages 17 to 19 and they are saying that they have already noticed a significant shift to better serving allergy safe foods.
State of Massachusetts, and Colleges in the Boston area seems to be leading the troops.
By the time you become a college student mom, things will be much much better.