• November 21, 2013 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 8 Comments

    Off to College with Food Allergy?

    It's hard to believe that our son, Morgan, is a senior in high school already! The topic of college is coming up frequently in our house. We continue to learn more and more about what information and laws are available for students with food allergies in college.   The Food Allergy Research Education (FARE) website has minimal information on sending your child with food allergy to college. They have two pages of info  here and here. I can't find anything ...

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  • Kicked Out of College Because of Food Allergies?

    Many of you probably saw the blog post by a young Washington state woman titled, "How I was Kicked Out of College Because of My Allergy." The blog post was taken down, but a local news station interviewed this young woman here. I was horrified and confused how this situation had occurred, especially after the young lady contacted the Disability Services Office of her school. Since my son, Morgan, is now 17 years old and a junior in high school, we have begun the college search in earnest. It ...

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  • Food Allergy, College & 504 Plans

    I recently attended a presentation by a Senior Attorney for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in Denver, about protections of Section 504, Title II and Students with Disabilities in Public Schools from the American with Disabilities Act . This presentation was made to the MOSAIC support group in Denver, Colorado on  May 7, 2012 in regard to K-12 education and post secondary education. This write up pertains only to students with food allergies in COLLEGE. Sending a child with food allergies off to college is a daunting task and there are ...

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  • Follow Up interview with College Student, Carlo Steinman

    Carlo, when we spoke last year, you were getting ready to attend the University of Chicago. You have allergies to Dairy, Wheat, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Sesame, Fish, Shellfish, Most Fruits and Some Vegetables. What did you find most difficult with eating in a dorm cafeteria on a daily basis? What I’ve found most difficult is finding a good variety of protein for me to eat. There hasn’t ever really been a problem with there being food ...

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  • January 4, 2012 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    Allergy Aware Colleges

    It's difficult to know where to start when your child with food allergies gets to that age to begin the college search. The good news is that most high schools are well equipped with counselors to help with the college search itself; however it's up to you and your child to pursue the discussion of food allergies with each individual college or university. We found that high school counselors weren't educated enough about food allergies to know how to answer any of our questions about a college's ability to feed ...

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  • July 10, 2011 Posted on College Age with Food Allergies, 0 Comment

    Food Allergies in Culinary Arts School

    Ari, how old are you and what are your allergies? I am a fair young maiden of twenty-one and a half. Just kidding, that's super old. Anyways, I'm a legal adult, and I have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, mustard seed, sesame and nigella seed. Whew. I've also got a handful of intolerances and sensitivities, like gluten, poultry, eggs, eggplant and milk. I think I remember reading that your allergies appeared “later” in ...

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  • Interview with Michaela Smith – Age 20

    Michaela, what food allergies (and intolerances) do you have and how old are you? I am twenty years old. I am moderately allergic to wheat and have severe gluten intolerance and other intolerances to beef, pork and lemon. I have not been tested for Celiac disease with a biopsy because I went off of wheat and noticed how much better it made me feel and didn’t want to start eating it again. GI doctors require with celiac tests that I still ...

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  • Interview with Carlo Steinman – Age 18

    Carlo, how old are you and what are your allergies? -I am 18 years old. I am allergic to Dairy, Wheat, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Sesame, Fish, Shellfish, Most Fruits and Some Vegetables. Have you ever experienced anaphylaxis? -I have been very fortunate to have not ever experienced anaphylaxis. Since you haven’t experienced anaphylaxis to your food allergens, how did you find out you were allergic to the foods you listed? - My pediatrician was very good about food allergies and suggested ...

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