FARE hosts free educational webinars designed to help you live life well with food allergies. Each month, we feature leading experts discussing the topics related to food allergy that you most want to hear about.
Webinars are recorded and later posted on our website to serve as an educational resource.
Your Right to Be Safe: Food Allergies and the Law
Speaker: M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen
Wednesday, March 12, 1 p.m. ET
Federal disability laws provide protection for individuals with life-threatening food allergies but they can be tough to navigate and are often difficult to understand. This webinar will set forth the basic framework of the laws and will provide guidance on seeking accommodations for food allergies in schools and the workplace.
About M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen:
M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen provides litigation support to the Insurance Defense and General and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups with Boardman & Clark, LLP in Madison, WI. She has practiced in the litigation area for 8 years and has provided support in a wide-range of civil and appellate cases.
Tess also provides legal guidance with respect to issues under the ADA, ADAAA and the Rehabilitation Act. She is also a frequent speaker and writer on this area of the law.
Safe and Sound: Relationships, Dating and Intimacy Challenges
Associated with Having Severe Food Allergies
Wednesday, February 12
In this webinar, viewers will be provided a framework for maintaining healthy relationships while navigating life with severe food allergies.
- To review foundational components of a healthy relationship.
- To review essential conversations to have within a healthy relationship regarding a person’s food allergy.
- To focus on adult relationships, while highlighting special challenges teens and young adults might face.
Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who also happens to parent two boys with life threatening food allergies, as well as live with food allergies herself.
Kristen’s dozen years of clinical experience includes therapy with clients of all ages. She has provided individual, family, couples and group counseling in both private and school settings.
Additionally, Kristen has presented and written on the topics of coping with anxiety, and resolving conflict in relationships as it relates to living with life threatening food allergies. She has penned three books, her most recent, Growing Up Ben, is written in the form of a mother’s letters to her son, and follows a family’s developmental process through anxiety and restricted living to autonomy and intentional living. The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.
Addressing Food Allergens in Restaurants:
Training and Legislation
January 8, 2014
In this webinar, the National Restaurant Association's David Crownover and FARE's VP of Advocacy, George Dahlman, will discuss the efforts currently underway to train restaurants and their staff about food allergies.
David Crownover, ServSafe Product Manager, will also discuss the impetus for the NRA's ServSafe Allergens Online training program, provide an overview of what is covered in the training, and talk about future initiatives.
George Dahlman will give an overview of FARE's efforts to address food allergies in restaurants through future legislative efforts and describe how you can help become an advocate in this endeavor. The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.
“Novel Treatments for Food Allergies”
December 11, 2013
This month’s webinar will provide attendees with information about the current research towards a cure for food allergy. Wesley Burks, MD will describe the theories behind the research, present early data on results, discuss the prospects for future research and answer your questions. Dr. Burks is Curnen Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Burks also serves as Chair of FARE's Research Advisory Board. Dr. Burks slides can be viewed here.
“Safely Navigating the Restaurant Scene”
November 6, 2013
This webinar, featuring Chef Joel Schaefer, provided attendees with practical tips for having a safe and enjoyable experience while dining out with food allergies. Joel has been in the food service industry for over 25 years. He is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and Valencia Community College with an AS in Culinary Management, a Certified Chef de Cuisine, and a Certified Hospitality Trainer. Joel’s experience includes being a culinary instructor at Kapiolani Community College, hosting a healthy cooking television segment called “Simply Food” in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Manager of Product Development and Special Diets for Walt Disney World Resort and an adjunct culinary nutrition instructor for Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida.
Over the past few years, Joel has been a guest speaker, an emcee and a culinary demonstrator for various events and organizations such as the Gluten-Free Culinary Summit, the American Culinary Federation, the National Restaurant Association, Oldways and Whole Grains Council and Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). Joel is currently working on an educational food allergy and recipe book and is the Research & Development Chef for AllergyFree Foods.
“All About Anaphylaxis: Understanding the Risks, Symptoms & Treatment”
October 9, 2013
In our October webinar, Dr. Robert A. Wood, a professor of pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins, and professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focused on anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that is potentially fatal.
Dr. Wood discussed the risks, symptoms, and treatment of anaphylaxis; dispelled myths; and answered questions from the audience. The slides from Dr. Wood’s presentation can be viewed here.
"Tools, Tips & Tactics for Effective Advocacy”
September 11, 2013
Note: Technical difficulties have prevented the recorded webinar from being posted. We hope to have this addressed soon. In the meantime, the slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.
Improving the public policy environment for people with food allergies requires dedication and commitment, but it can be made much easier with strategies that amplify our voices to help lawmakers better understand our cause. This webinar covered topics such as building a grassroots network, meeting and communicating with legislators, working with other advocates, leveraging the media and “lobbying.”
The webinar was led by George Dahlman, FARE’s vice president of advocacy and government relations. He has worked in public affairs for more than 30 years; on Capitol Hill, in healthcare, aerospace and public transportation.
“Supporting Children, Adolescents and Parents in the Daily Management of Food Allergies”
August 14, 2013
Food allergies are not only potentially life-threatening – they’re life-altering, and managing food allergies can be emotionally draining. Dr. Linda Herbert, a clinical psychologist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., addressed the common challenges of managing food allergies. The presentation covered anxiety, issues at school, bullying, peer social activities and more. Dr. Herbert will also provided webinar attendees with a preliminary set of strategies to help cope with daily stress.
Dr. Herbert recently joined the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Medical Center, where she is building a clinical practice and research team designed to address the mental health needs of children with food allergies and their families.
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