Advocacy and Awareness Tips for Parents

Protecting kids with food allergies starts with standing up for your rights. Get information about federal disability laws, bullying prevention and more.

Protecting kids with food allergies starts with standing up for your rights—and educating your school and wider community.

Understanding Food Allergy as a Disability
A disability is defined as a physical or mental issue that seriously limits one or more major life activities. A food allergy may be considered a disability under federal law. While you may not think of your child as having a disability, it helps to understand these laws and the rights that come with them.

Epinephrine at School
Look up the state laws that allow students to carry prescribed epinephrine. Learn about FARE’s efforts to expand stock epinephrine in schools across the country as well.

Addressing Food Allergy Bullying
About one-third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied because of their allergies. This is especially serious because food allergies can be life-threatening. FARE's "It's Not a Joke" campaign can complement your school’s existing anti-bullying program.

Presentation for Elementary Schools (PDF)
What are food allergies? Who has food allergies? How can you help people with food allergies? This age-appropriate presentation can introduce your child’s classmates to food allergies. Use it in the classroom or as part of a larger school assembly.

Presentation for Middle and High Schools (PDF)
The food allergy awareness presentation above, adapted for teenagers. It addresses the basics of food allergies, symptoms and how to prevent exposure. The slides also walk the audience through a few common real-life scenarios to test “what would you do?”

Educating a Whole Community About Food Allergies: One District’s Journey (Webinar)
This webinar addresses how federal laws protect people with disabilities in the post-secondary setting. This case study from an Illinois school district emphasizes arming students who have severe food allergies with the right information. The goal is to empower them to negotiate for modifications, accommodations and supports.

More Advocacy Resources
Advocates are the life-blood of FARE's advocacy program! You can help deliver a message of awareness, access and safety to your community and government leaders. Learn more about our efforts and how you can make change happen for those affected by food allergies.