students with food allergies

Food allergies may constitute a disability
under the ADA and
help many individuals especially students.

The recently passed 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

With the new law students will not be required to
pay for meal plans
unless provisions are made to accommodate the
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 a disability under the law.
The new law that now classifies severe food
allergy as a disability applies to
those severely allergic to gluten, peanuts, shell
fish, corn, wheat, and other
food allergens. What it translates to is of interest
to universities, colleges, and
other institutions to offer food allergy free foods
and display the ingredients used during food
preparation including putting signs on buffet bars.

This new law will give individuals who suffer from
such allergies the opportunity
to find foods that they could eat in venues where
before the risk of exposure made it impossible.   

Does the decision leave meal-plan type and
public eateries more exposed to customer
legal challenges?
The decision leaves schools, restaurants and
other places that serve food more exposed to
legal challenges. The most vulnerable to law suits  
will be public schools, colleges, and universities
places serving food on campus.  Private and
public company's employee cafeterias and all
public restaurant's could also could be liable for a
lawsuit if the food service provider ignores a
persons request for certain foods.
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