Working with Disability Services
Did you know food allergies may be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Disability services can be a valuable partner to students with food allergies by helping you stay safe and included on campus.
Before You Enroll
Once you’ve decided on a school, discuss your food allergies with the disability services office immediately. The earlier they understand your needs, the smoother your transition to college life will be.
Work with disability services to find feasible ways to manage your food allergies on campus. They may need to be your advocate for setting up accommodations and emergency plans across the school. This can apply to resident life, dining services, health services and academic life.
Once You’re on Campus
Get to know the emergency response plan for your room, dining hall and around campus.
Have a current Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan and share it with disability services and others as appropriate. This may include your roommate, resident advisor or even dining services.
The Next Four Years
Keep an open line of communication throughout your time on campus. Tell them what’s working well and what’s not. If a problem arises, reach out to disability services immediately. Remember—they won’t know there’s a problem unless you tell them about it.
And when things go well, remember to thank the staff for their efforts on your behalf. Everyone likes to hear when they’re doing a good job—and that it’s making a difference in someone else’s life.
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