Thursday, April 14, 2016

Are Food Allergies Considered a Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Americans with Disabilities Act

"1. Is a food allergy considered a disability under the ADA?

A: It depends. A disability as defined by the ADA is a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as eating. Major life activities also include major bodily functions, such as the functions of the gastrointestinal system. Some individuals with food allergies have a disability as defined by the ADA - particularly those with more significant or severe responses to certain foods. This would include individuals with celiac disease and others who have autoimmune responses to certain foods, the symptoms of which may include difficulty swallowing and breathing, asthma, or anaphylactic shock."

"Are Asthma and Allergies Disabilities?" -  Article by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

APRIL 26, 2016, UPDATE:
I filed a formal complaint with the Florida chapter of the ACLU accusing the Federal Government of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to the corn allergy population.

If they cannot help us, I will then consider filing a class-action lawsuit against the Federal Government for their blatant violation of this Act.

Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources

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