Accommodating special education students
However, the Agency must ensure that the accommodation is supported by a written medical statement or completed Medical Statement form signed by a licensed physician, a physician assistant, or a nurse practitioner.The medical statement must clearly identify the child’s: Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B.The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act has amended the definition of the term “disability,” broadening it to cover additional individuals.The list of major life activities has also been expanded to add a new category called major bodily functions.Federal legislation and regulations are in place to ensure that children with disabilities have the same opportunities as other children.This includes education and education-related benefits, such as school meals.
This will safeguard program integrity while allowing appropriate flexibility for those families that do not have access to a licensed physician.
Either medical statement must clearly identify the child’s: The Agency is required to make dietary accommodations, including texture modifications (such as preparing chopped, ground, or pureed foods), when a recognized medical authority provides a medical statement to the Agency for children whose disability restricts their diet.
As defined in 7 Section 210.10(m), an individual who does not have a disability, but is unable to consume a particular food because of a medical or other special dietary condition, is considered to have a special dietary need.
This MB contains updated information regarding the definition of a recognized medical professional.
The CDE recommends that sponsors read this MB in its entirety.The CDE developed a Medical Statement form to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations to identify the information required to implement a sound nutrition plan for children with dietary restrictions.