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I have known Rhonda since 2004, when the first large wave of food allergic children began entering the nation’s school systems. I personally benefited that year from her early research on advocacy strategies and disability law,...
SECTION 504 PRIMER FOR PARENTS & EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGY AND ASTHMA ARTICLE OVERVIEW “What are Section 504 and IDEA exactly and how might they pertain to my child with food allergy and asthma”? These are the questions I...
SECTION 504 PLAN OUTLINE ARTICLE OVERVIEW This 504 Plan Outline is divided into PARTS A-O, and within each part there are sub-topics. To create this outline, I collected 504 Plans for children with severe food allergy from around the...
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Rhonda Riggott Stevens’ work and advocacy efforts with food allergy and asthma management have been cited by school districts, used in college courses, and written about in various books, magazine and newspaper articles nationwide. Since she has taught in all levels of education, she has a unique and comprehensive perspective on the disability designation process and the inner workings of classrooms and schools for children of all ages.
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SECTION 504 PRIMER FOR PARENTS & EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGY AND ASTHMA
Children protected under Section 504 are commonly those with ADD, ADHD, OCD, Diabetes, AIDS, Asthma (that does not affect educational performance) and allergy just name a few. The criteria by which a child with severe food allergy is eligible for protection under Section 504 is that the physiological condition / disorder of food allergy affects the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and skin body systems. The physical impairment of food allergy could substantially limit breathing during an anaphylactic reaction. In addition, the U.S. Office for Civil Rights U.S., Department of Education formally recognizes “allergy” as a “hidden disability.”
SECTION 504 PLAN OUTLINE
This 504 Plan Outline is divided into PARTS A-O, and within each part there are sub-topics. To create this outline, I collected 504 Plans for children with severe food allergy from around the country. I also researched the format of 504 Plans for children with other disabilities who are protected under Section 504. I extrapolated the questions parents and 504 Team members asked themselves when they created the 504 Plans.
This outline is not intended as professional advice, and these questions are simply the ones I will ask myself while crafting my own child’s 504 Plan as part of a 504 Team. I am not a doctor, and this outline is intended as a parental resource only. Please be aware that no 504 Plan can ensure the safety of your child, and only you, your physician and your school district can work together to create a 504 Plan that is appropriate for your child. This outline is not intended to replace the medical advice, prescriptions or treatments prescribed by your doctor. Lastly, be aware that only you and your physician can determine the trade off between “physical safety and social normalcy” (Lisa Cipriano Collins). Read more
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While there is information on the web and in print about these disability designations, the information is often fragmented and can be confusing. There are times when you just need to talk to someone who has a clear understanding of how the process works from beginning to end. Or you may have already begun the process and need strategies to move your child forward. Rhonda Riggott Stevens knows the most direct path to securing the rights of a child with allergy and asthma using advocacy strategies that work.Rhonda Riggott Stevens, a professional educator, has helped many parents work through the Section 504 and IDEA processes successfully with their school districts. Parents, caregivers and educators have found Rhonda Riggott Stevens’ experience and insight into food allergy and asthma school management issues invaluable.
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