Accommodating Children with Allergies in School

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Is a food allergy considered a disability?

The answer is, it depends. 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), a disability is defined as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as eating. Major life activities also include major bodily functions, such as the functions of the gastrointestinal system.

Some individuals with food allergies have a disability as defined by the ADA, particularly those with more significant or severe responses to certain foods.

This fact sheet explores:

  • What is the Colorado Schoolchildren's Asthma and Anaphylaxis Act and what does it do?
  • Can my child self-carry his or her medication?
  • Can a school charge more for a meal that requires modifications?
  • What documentation is required in Colorado for food modification?

And many more questions. To learn more about this issue, download the fact sheet.

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