Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extends the protections provided by 504 to private schools and private child care centers.

Children with food allergies have received protection under ADA. For example, in a public settlement agreement under the ADA, a private child care facility was ordered to enroll children with food allergies, and to take appropriate steps to assure that the facility was prepared to recognize an allergic reaction, and respond appropriately.

Sometimes, private religious schools are exempt from the ADA. However, this depends on the relationship between a particular religion and the inner workings of the school.

To learn more about the ADA, visit the ADA website.