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Consultations and Advocacy

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.

Our consultations allow you to:

  • Share your concerns about sending your child to school.
  • Pinpoint the greatest challenges you think you face and discuss strategies to overcome those challenges.
  • Ask questions about Section 504, IDEA and ADA, what they are, what they mean and how to use them effectively.
  • Learn how to begin the 504 or IDEA process in your school district.
  • Discuss what may happen in your 504 and PPT Meetings.
  • Learn the proper methods and means of communication and documentation with your school district.
  • Determine the appropriate documentation to supply the school district when requesting a 504 or IDEA designation.
  • Learn best practices for working with your allergy and asthma specialist and primary care physicians to obtain the documentation that your child needs.
  • Explore advocacy strategies that promote compliance.
  • Locate resource materials that will assist you in your advocacy efforts.
  • Discuss strategies for spearheading legislation in your state that promote equal access for your child with food allergy and asthma.

 

Learn more about Section 504

SECTION 504 PRIMER FOR PARENTS & EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGY AND ASTHMA

  • How is a child with food allergy eligible for protection under Section 504? What are Hidden Disabilities? Is food allergy a Hidden Disability according to the Office for Civil Rights?
  • How does Section 504 help a child with severe food allergies?
  • Does the word “reasonable” apply to Section 504 “Accommodations” in elementary and secondary education?
  • What is a Section 504 statement of Parental Rights?

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.”

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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

Contact

Contact us to set up a phone consultation today.

Rate:  $80/hr

E-Mail: help@foodallergyadvocate.com

Telephone/Fax: 860-760-6636

Mailing Address:

Education & Advocacy Solution, LLC

P.O. Box 674, Durham, CT 06422


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.

Consultations are available. This means that you may decide to consult on a one-time, ongoing, or as needed basis. Call today to arrange a convenient day and time. The education and support that you are looking for may be just a phone call away.