Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) , a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a free educational webinar on January 14, 2014 featuring guest speaker Laurel Francoeur, Esq, co-founder of Greenlaurel Solutions, LLC. Laurel presented the different options available for school health plans for students with food allergies, reviewed federal laws and definitions, and explained students' rights.
An attendee gave this review as the most valuable part of the webinar:
“Laurel took very complex material and summarized the process in a very easy to understand way. Very helpful as we're considering a 504 Plan...”
The following is the video recording of the webinar and a list of resources to accompany the presentation.
Laurel reviewed the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 504 Plans, Individualized Health Care Plans (IHCPs), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and IEPs, things to consider when you first draft your plan, and how to approach the school and begin the process of creating a plan for your child. We thank her for her time and sharing her expertise with us. We also thank Nancy Polmear-Swendris for providing medical oversight and helping us prepare resources.
- Archived Webinars from Kids With Food Allergies
If you have any questions about how to manage food allergies in schools (practical tips on how to prevent allergic reactions), stocking epinephrine in schools, school lunch regulations and nutrition, how to work with your school nurse on food allergy plans, and much more, KFA has a library of videos from past webinars with expert guest speakers.
- 504 Plans, IHCPs, ECPs: Food Allergy Health Care Plans Explained (NEW!)
This article details how to get started, explains the different plans, examples of items to include in your plan, what to do if your school won't work with you and much more.
- CDC Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Care Centers
The guidelines provide practical information and planning steps for parents, district administrators, school administrators and staff, and ECE program administrators and staff to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention
- Sample 504 Plans
KFA obtained several samples of existing 504 plans from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to provide some insight if you have to work with your child's school to develop a 504 Plan to manage food allergies in the school setting. These are examples to illustrate how the content and format of a 504 plan varies from student to student and from one school to the next, depending upon what the individual student needs and whether the school has existing food allergy policies in place. *Keep in mind that the CDC Guidelines were released recently and have the most up-to-date recommendations regarding how to manage food allergies in school.
- U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
The US DOE divides the country into districts. Find your state's district and contact your local branch if needed.
- Severe Allergy / Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan Samples:
AAFA Sample Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan adapted from the NIAID/NIH Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating Food Allergies
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
- Epinephrine Resource School Nurse Program
Find the ERSN in your state if your school needs assistance in epinephrine or food allergy training for staff. The National Association of School Nurses offers a "Get Trained" program to teach school staff how to respond to allergic emergencies, and will answer questions and provide support.
- Take Steps to Prevent Allergic Reactions
Learn how to recognize symptoms and treat anaphylaxis. Free PDF download from Kids With Food Allergies.
- How to Advocate for Your Food Allergic Child (Book)
A manual for getting what your child needs at school by Laurel Francouer Esq.
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