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    According to previous ADA rulings Celiac Disease and the institution needing to provide a safe meal are a requirement. If they for whatever reason can’t provide one, then they must refund the student the cost of the new plan they make them take and possibly provide them with a kitchen space they can use.

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    I am concerned about this for myself. I’ll be doing a ten-day on-campus residency for a graduate degree this summer. I have celiac disease as well as IBS, so I eat low FODMAP and GF. The problem is not that students are demanding that dining halls accommodate them. The schools are requiring students to sign up for the dining hall and pay for food they can’t eat. If schools require that students pay for the plans, they are required to accommodate. My diet is very difficult to accommodate, and being sick when they contaminate me will have a significant impact on my participation for those dawn-to-dusk ten days of classes. I don’t really trust college students on work-study to make sure my meals are safe. I’d far prefer to bring my own food than rely on a dining hall.

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    Have you noticed how often “liberal” and “gluten free” are conflated? I’m pretty sure Republicans get Celiac too. They certainly have their share of LGBT kids. I think the idiocy around that is related to the ADA issue. And it’s an important safeguard. In my lifetime, I have cared for a dying or elderly relative three times. My interactions with invalid care agencies are not something I’ll cherish forever. They are often all about greed. Without the ADA, and without a Celiac diagnosis to back it up, I’d fear for my future frail self. Sickness is no respecter of political ideology. Off-topic: What’s really sick is how the ADA is being twisted to deny some children an education because they are designated “hyperactive” and now they need a special ed teacher… which is never provided, because… budget. Any law can be twisted. It’s up to us to keep that from happening.


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