The webinar, Section 504, Title II and Ensuring the Protection of K-12 Students with Severe Allergies, was presented February 17 by Jim Long, a former senior attorney with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education.
Long began the presentation by describing the different laws that were created to protect students with disabilities and how each works. He emphasized that it wasn’t until 2009 that the definition of a disability was changed in a way that could include food allergies, and many school districts have not caught up with the changes and/or may not yet understand how the law applies to food allergies.
He went on to explain how a student is evaluated for a 504 Plan. This involves first determining if the child has a disability—defined as substantially limiting one or more major life activities.
This well-attended webinar was extended to 90 minutes to accommodate the large number of questions sent in from the food allergy community.
Additional related resources:
- Understanding 504 Plans and the ADA
- Section 504 and Written Management Plans
- U.S. Department of Education, Questions and Answers on ADA/504
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs”
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