Food Allergies: Complying with Disability Laws in Accommodating Students

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DL Only                $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Tess O'Brien-Heinzen, attorney at law, Boardman and Clark LLP
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, attorneys representing schools, food service staff, health services staff, student counselors, faculty, residential staff, student services
Best For: K-12, Higher Education

Federal disability laws provide protection for students with life-threatening food allergies but they can be tough to navigate and are often difficult to understand. In order to comply with these confusing requirements educators need to understand the basic framework of the laws applicable to food allergies including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In recent years there have been significant changes affecting the evaluation and eligibility requirements of these laws which have made it easier for students with food allergies to seek protection under the laws. There are important issues such as food allergy policies and administrative guidelines, child find obligations in K-12, documentation requirements, Section 504 plans, due process protections, food service, and fundamental alteration and undue burden. In addition, there is current and instructive case law from both administrative and judicial proceedings which should be considered.

Please join Tess O’Brien-Heinzen, school-law attorney, as she addresses the most frequently asked questions regarding food allergies and the law, and offers essential information for educators in K-12 and higher education as they grapple with the overlapping and confusing requirements associated with accommodating their students suffering with food allergies.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The basic framework of Section 504, ADA, and the IDEA
  • When a student with food allergies is eligible for protection under Section 504, ADA, and IDEA
  • Issues specific to K-12 students under Section 504, ADA and the IDEA including child find, documentation requirements, 504 accommodation plans, and due process
  • How to draft policies and administrative guidelines regarding food allergy management
  • Issues specific to students with food allergies attending institutions of higher education including student housing and food service
  • Current and relevant case law and administrative decisions regarding food allergies
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about food allergies and the law


Your conference leader for “Food Allergies: Complying with Disability Laws in Accommodating Students” is M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen. Tess practices with Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, in the firm’s School Law, Litigation, and Non-Profit Practice Groups. She provides legal consultation to school districts and postsecondary institutions with an emphasis on special education and disability law. In addition, she provides consultation to parents and individuals on federal laws relating to food allergies. She is a frequent speaker and writer on issues regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Marquette University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She clerked for two years for the late Justice William A. Bablitch on the Wisconsin Supreme Court before starting private practice. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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