Food Allergies Are Now A Disability Under ADA


A friend just forwarded me an email she received from an education service offering a webinar–costing about $300–regarding student allergies and the new liabilities faced by college food programs. Under the new applications of the Americans With Disabilities Act, wheelchair access is no longer enough.

When I went to college, it was a tiny town with very few businesses other than the college itself. Students were expected to join the food plan and live in the dorms. I figured early on that, despite the “middle of nowhere” location, I could save money if I was permitted to find my own housing in the area and do my own shopping and cooking. In retrospect, it would have helped me a great deal to try and learn to do these things rather than spend four years as a “kept” student. But the college wanted me to only pay them for food and shelter, so they didn’t give me such permission. To be a student I had to obey their rules

Lesley University is not nearly so isolated, but it has the same mandatory policy about its student cafeteria. There was a problem however. Several students had Celiac disease. They needed to eat gluten free in order to not get sick.

So naturally they told the college and the college allowed them an exception to the mandatory cafeteria plan, letting them keep the money and use it to buy gluten-free food off campus. Right?

No, the students sued the college to mandate that the college accommodate them. I don’t feel sorry for Lesley because, frankly, I still bear a grudge against all colleges that use this business model so that students are forced to pay for services they don’t want on condition of being a student. (Of course, that was the organization’s choice. I never dreamed of suing over it.) Now it has turned into a big expense because the only way to provide economical food is to be able to buy in bulk and mass produce the meals. That is no longer possible. Lesley University did not even fight for their right to determine what food they will provide. They caved and made the following concessions. They will:

  • Provide gluten-free and allergen-free food options in its dining halls;
  • Allow students with known allergies or celiac disease to pre-order safe meals;
  • Display notices about food allergies and identify foods with allergens or gluten;
  • Train food service and university staff about allergy-related issues;
  • Provide a dedicated space for affected students to prepare allergen-free foods; and
  • Endeavor to find vendors that offer food without allergens.

And this is now a template for new expenses for all the schools in the US, public or private:

“Eve Hill, senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, told me in an interview that ‘many aspects of the agreement will serve as a model for other schools.’ She says that “each school should evaluate its food service plan to assess whether reasonable modifications for its students with disabilities are necessary to avoid discrimination.”

This is morally perverse. It is no more “unfair” for a person with a food allergy to take responsibility for it, learn about it, and deal with it, than it is for someone else to be forced to do so. Yes, the students should be allowed to opt out of the meal plan and then use the money in a way that better meets their needs. But in principle this means every single different food allergy is a new impending lawsuit and a new set of rules for college meal plans to follow. I know plenty of friends who require gluten free diets, and they all make their own choices and accept the responsibility to do so. Students should be given the opportunity to learn to take care of themselves.

A culture and economy that encourages everyone to make everyone else pay for one’s needs is not going to prosper.







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  • http://michellemalkin.com/ wolfeatworld

    ►  Oh, give me a break.

  • lokiswife

    One more “it’s not your fault so you don’t have to take any responsibility for it” item from our Nanny State government. There are millions of people in this country who have food allergies or celiac disease. They figured out how to cope with it, how to eat to avoid problems and got on with their lives. Why does America have to keep babying and catering to  whiners and complainers? Get a life, quit your bellyaching and deal with it. You have fewer problems than the millions of people dealing with cancer, heart disease, serious disabilities (not food allergies), diabetes, etc.  Would you like a piece of gluten-free cheese with your whine?

    • michaelwalkr

      lokiswife Yea everybody has to eat. Why should we  provide cafeteria food for anyone. Thats personal responsibility. Everyone should have to go out and scavenge for themselves. Now thats  equality. For that matter everyone has to sleep. No dormitories for anybody. Each and everyone should have to find their own cot or tent or apartment off campus.

      • ElderAmbassador

        michaelwalkr lokiswife 
        The colleges don’t “need” to supply rooms or board.  It’s called “Living off the local economy” and easily done.

  • michelledbell

    Celiac disease is a disease not an allergy. If gluten is not avoided, which by the way is hard to do unless you prepare all your food from scratch or try to stomach the gluten free prepared foods, one can suffer tremendously with arthritis symptoms, diarreaha, 72 hour migraines, damage to the intestines (villi becoming extinct) prohibiting any vitamins from food getting absorbed into your bloodstream, extreme fatigue, foggy thinking, inability to concentrate, depression, itchy all over the body rashes, bloating/gas, significant weight loss and disease from malnution, a slow, early death. But back to the article, if students with celiac or any other food allergy cannot eat the food in the cafeterias they should make reasonable accomodations for the students. They are servicing the paying students after all, not everyone is a one size fits all.

    • ElderAmbassador

      michelledbell See the responses just above and just below yours.

    • babahwhawha

      michelledbell Thank you! And may I add that not all allergies are gluten or lactose but can be incredibly difficult to pin down, and do cause a host of symptoms that prevent a person from functioning in the commercial world, and can lead to much more serious problems. Maybe it’s the food supply itself– GMO’s, or weed-killers that starve out crops as well, making them nutritional shadows of what they once were (50% less than 1975.) It’s silly to expect any one institution to take responsibility for a systemic ignorance due to the profit motive.

  • ConservThoughts

    This is ridiculous.  I have two daughters who are gluten intolerant, and they already know it’s THEIR responsibility to check the menu ahead of time or bring their own gluten-free food when they go to restaurants, friends’ parties, etc.  Allowing a student to opt out and make their own food should be enough.  Coercing others to provide special products/services against their will is not freedom, but tyranny.

  • andrew1973

    I have celiac disease and would never dare dream to make demands of anyone’s business, college, etc to meet my needs. Then again I’m pushing 40 so I’m old enough to remember what it was like to take personal responsibility for your own life and health issues. Seeing as I’m three and a half years now post-kidney transplant (I was born with only one and it never worked right to begin with so I have gout, arthritis and numerous other health problems!) and, despite having a weakened immune system from my anti-rejection medication, I don’t go around demanding businesses put in super-deluxe air units to filter out germs. Even with two bad knees and born spurs in my left foot I don’t demand places provide electric chairs for me or put in elevators, etc.  I am so SICK of this country where the will of a handful trumps the majority. We have become this entitlement nation where everyone has to have their needs taken care of. Enough already! I am a single parents raising two teens (one of whom is developmentally delayed!) by myself and I don’t expect the world to cater to my every whim or desire. I preach the same thing to my children along with respect and considering others needs before your own. I’m afraid I’m a dying breed though as more and more people my own age are turning into liberal whine bags whose children must be given everything they can get. God help this country. Then again, I suspect God threw up his hands a long time ago when in came to this once wonderful nation….

  • DebraJMSmith1

    They want to take away all personal responsibility for ones own situations in life.

  • antiliberalcryptonite

    We are at the edge and peering into the abyss of hell.

  • John Eidsmoe

    Ever since early childhood I’ve been allergic to eggwhite and buckwheat, so I’ve learned to avoid foods that contain these products.  But it never occurred to me that I had a right to demand that my colleges, my employers, the Air Force, restaurants, hotels, and others had to accommodate me by offering me special meals.  If as a compassionate society we choose to make such accommodations, that’s great.  But teaching people that they have a right to such accommodations reduces individual responsibility and creates a nation of dependent hyper-allergenic sheep.

    • Woodworker

      I had a friend who was severely allergic to anything with corn in it. My nephew can’t tolerate food color. They sometimes use that to make food look good. Beans give me gas. That’s a form of not tolerating a food group. What are we going to do, segregate everyone into communities that all have the same allergy and then cut out the food that causes that particular allergy. Is that what we’ve become?

  • cajunliberty7

    I require no dishes with milk in them (such as instant pudding, milk shakes, etc.), so should I re-enroll in school after I completed it a generation ago and then sue the school to have milk alternatives provided?  I would also like to add, no high acidic foods (like spaghetti sauce), after all I have not learned what to prepare for myself after all these years (or I can pretend I am still an adolescent), after cooking for my family and hundreds of others each month.
    A litigious and irresponsible society we have.  So many do not wish to be responsible for themselves.  Nanny government err school should take care of them.  Is Mayor Bloomberg a student at this school?

  • Bisley

    The ADA should be repealed;  we don’t need any protected classes of people, with legal rights to force everyone else to accommodate their problems (real, or perceived).  Many businesses will voluntarily do a bit extra for disabled customers and employees, but those who can’t afford it, or just don’t want to, shouldn’t be forced.  We all have problems of one sort, or another and it’s up to us to deal with them, not force our neighbors to expend their time and money on our behalf.

    • dracula

      Bisley You are so full of BS it isnt funny. I started out as a healthy normal male, but due to a major injury while in military service, I now have reflex sympathetic dystrophy/constant repetitive pain syndrome (look it up brainiac, there is no cure and I am at level 3) and I cannot walk very far without my legs giving out on me and collapsing. I also wear two Don Joy Defiance leg braces to keep my knee joints together as well as a back brace to keep my spine together and walk with a cane. I have over 40 pounds of metal holding me in one piece. I use an electric cart when I go grocery shopping or go into a mall. Are you seriously saying that just because I was injured in the military, I should stay home and out of stores just because YOU dont like the ADA? Are you seriously saying that buildings and stores should not be required to have a doorway big enough I can get into it to shop or buy groceries? Or have a bathroom big enough I can use it without going in my clothes because I cant get to the bathroom? Are you really that stupid or are you trying real hard? I am not asking for anything special like having a whole new menu as I can deal with my own food thank you. All I am asking is that the door be made large enough I can get into the store and I will deal with the rest…or that the sidewalks have cuts in them so I can get up on them and not block traffic or try to move an electric cart up a 6in blockage.
      The ADA was not made for morons that get themselves hooked on drugs or like to play as babies or try and drink themselves to death or other such nonsense. The ADA was made for people like me through no fault of their own, was handed a life changing injury and now need a hand in some things. So before you open your mouth and show your stupidity yet again, how about you go though my life for a while. Take all 22 surgeries including three spinal fusions and two knee joint replacements. Have 40 pounds of pins and screws holding you together. Wake up with pain so bad that sometimes you seriously consider suicide to get away from it and dont do it because you know how much pain you will cause your family and friends. Deal with the fact that this neurological disease will require you to spend your golden years in a motorized wheelchair so you could not bend over and pick up your grandchildren or hug your wife or even play with your kids like a normal person does. Do I want your pity? HELL NO I dont. All I want is to be given a fair shake and I will deal with the rest myself…That is why the ADA was made law. If you cant deal with that then tough too damn bad! But dont you DARE hide behind a computer and try and tell me or imply that I am somehow less then human because I need a hand for something I never asked for. Or that I should stay home for the rest of my life because YOU dont want to be made to walk a bit further because I need the parking space close to the door. Or that I should not be able to go into a store unless I can do it like you. How freaking DARE you! I did not go into the military and become injured just so some brain dead moron like you can try and tell me that now I am some kind of parasite on society. I EARNED the right to use the ADA because of my injuries….exactly WHAT pray tell have YOU done to earn the right to live in the country I defended and bled for and damn near died for, other then having the benefit of your mother being in this country when she popped you out? And what do you want to be you were a little brat growing up like you are a bigger brat now?

      • cranberrysparkle

        dracula Bisley Very well stated.

        • dracula

          cranberrysparkle dracula Bisley I apologize people, but jackarses like Bisley make my blood boil. If he is what the schools are turning out or is what his parents raised, then I fear for this country and both parents should have the snot smacked out of them for having the terminally stupidity to allow someone like this out in public without a keeper, or at least someone to keep him from shoving his foot so far down his throat that he has to drop his pants to tie his shoes.

      • cajunliberty7

        dracula Bisley 
        Bisley is an idiot.  Sadly, there are quite a few on blogs nowadays.  Dracula, thank you again for your service and keep posting.
        I live in a small and somewhat rural community.  Due to hurricanes and floodings, roads had to be re-paved, some completely started over from the foundation.  This also involved new curbs and new sidewalks.  I attended the meetings where all this was being discussed and planned.  I suggested over and over again to make the sidewalks and crosswalks ADA compliant and a big objection was heard from the construction engineers and foremen, stating it would cost much more money and push us over budget.  I asked, “How can that be since nothing yet has been done, and the sidewalks have not been framed or poured? What don’t you come up with a figure for non-compliant and ADA compliant walkways?”  They did.  The added cost was very nominal to widen the sidewalks slightly and eliminate the curbs at the corner and have an incline with grooves.  In fact, when volunteers became involved (my family and many others), the actual cost was less.
        We have a large wounded American Heroes constituency in area, along with others who use these ADA sidewalks, crossing areas, ramps to buildings, etc. all the time.  Even many who do not require chairs or braces or canes use them because of the great advantage and convenience.  It benefits us all, as we are all aging…ha. 
        Semper Fi!

        • dracula

          cajunliberty7draculaBisleyI appreciate your thanking me for my service, it is not needed as it was a Privilege to serve my country. Welcome home.

        • cajunliberty7

          dracula cajunliberty7 Bisley 
          It is good to be home again…I understand what you said about it being a privilege.  That is exactly what I think as well, concerning myself.
          Over the next two months, we will be preparing large feasts for the returning wounded American Heroes and their families.  This year, we will not only prepare our great Cajun foods:  crawfish etouffee; seafood gumbo; shrimp & sausage jambalaya; turtle sauce piquant; alligator stew; boudin, and beignets, but this year, thanks to Myron Mixon, the many time world champ and huge number of state championships in bbq we will have what I believe will the best slow smoked (pecan and cherry wood), sausage (plum), championship bbq beans, German/Southern Potato Salad, some great Southern sweet ice tea (I keep telling everyone that is redundant since Southern ice tea is always sweet…ha!), homemade all natural watermelon ice cream.   It is truly a blessing to thank these heroic men and women in this way.

      • ElderAmbassador

        Dracula,
        Thank you for your service.
        I’m very sorry to hear about your problem.  It seems that life is very unfair at times, and bad things happen to good people.  I’m also glad you had a chance to vent.
        Bisley is right, though, and the ADA should be repealed en toto, along with all of the regulations it spawned.  Several other Acts of Congress should also be repealed, but that’s an argument for another day.
        If governmental entities wish to provide access to disadvantaged citizens, as referenced in another comment, that is fine as ALL taxpayers bear the fiscal burden.  However, for a non governmental entity to provide the same level of access, they must bear the fiscal burden from their own pocket and therefore should NOT be forced to do so.
        If any entity desires your business, they will accommodate you by providing the required access.  If they don’t, they lose any potential earnings from doing business with you.  That is as it should be.

        • dracula

          ElderAmbassadorwhile I appreciate your thanking me for my service, it is not needed as it was a Privilege to serve my country.
          On the other hand, I cannot agree with you on the rest. If it is a private club or store, then ok, I agree with you. BUT on the other hand if it is a store or business that is open to the public, meaning anyone can come in; then no…they MUST abide by the ADA as for them to be open to the public they are inviting all in including handicapped people and as such must abide by the rules set for same. The only other option for them is to go private. But now if they do that then their sales will drop. And they cannot discriminate against any people by telling them they cant come in if they are open to the public as that would make them no better then someone telling a person they cant come into their store that is open to the public, because they have the wrong skin color. Skin color is something that you have no choice over, and major disabilities like mine are in the same boat.
          Again I am not asking they do anything but widen the door a bit so I can fit through with my cart. I can deal with the rest. And the easiest way for them not to have to fix their bathrooms is just to put up a sign saying “no public restrooms”

        • ElderAmbassador

          dracula ElderAmbassador 
          I’m sorry you missed the point in my reply.  The point is that every privite, non government entity is forced to spend their own money to cater to a VERY small number of potential customers/clients.
          Those who wish to do so may, and those who wish not to do so should be free to run their own business.

        • dracula

          ElderAmbassadordraculaNo sorry, YOU completely missed the point. The point is simple…if you are a private store or business or club, then you are not required to abide by the ADA in some cases. BUT if you are a PUBLIC club-business-store (meaning that you are inviting them in to your business-club or store) then you are REQUIRED to make sure that your property is available to be used by all that you have invited in. Makes no difference if you are a non-goverment entity or not because by being public…you INVITE in all who want to come in.
          Its really not as hard as you are trying to make it sound.

    • cranberrysparkle

      Bisley dracula is 199% correct.  Unless you have walked in the shoes of anyone who is disabled. keep your critical attitudes and comments to yourself.

  • WirelessFreeZn

    Public as well as school cafeterias should be accountable (by public demand) for what is in the so-called food that they serve.  
    I would love to see a complete list of ingredients in each item served.  People should be able to see all the garbage that now passes as food….list the ingredients and keep it simple.
    Having a family members and so many friends with food related allergies makes it very difficult to eat out.  We go to places that provide alternatives for everyone.  Many have GF bread, steak with no sauces (just salt and pepper), steamed veggies, etc.  
    The college cafe experience should be available for every young adult that lives in a dorm.  Provide healthful, simple food items….don’t ship in the pre-packaged crap.
    On the other hand, making it an ADA requirement goes too far.  It should be an accommodation by the school to provide excellent food for it’s students…not a Nanny State law.

    • Kathy99

      WirelessFreeZn If you want  ingredients lists posted on every food, it increases cost.  If you want better food served, it increases cost.  Unfortunately, staff costs are deal breakers.  It is much cheaper to ship in prepared crap than hire more and better cooks to make good foods.  School cafeterias provide cheap food for students, and frozen fries are cheaper than fresh steamed broccoli. Fact. Here is the choice.  If you want healthier food, you must be willing to pay for it.  School cafeterias are a convenience, not a Constitutional right.

      • cajunliberty7

        Kathy99
        Thank you for your informative and insightful posts, giving this thread much greater clarity and information for all.  Understanding the seriousness of this issue as well as the balanced response to it, along with solutions you have suggested, are superb.  Have you ever thought of writing a column?  I am not at all being facetious.  I can readily see the benefit this for many.

      • WirelessFreeZn

        Kathy99 I do not agree with the ideas you state as “fact”.  
        Jamie Oliver with his Food Revolution proved that he could provide delicious, cheaper and healthier food to students.  
        The problem with change lies in both union-controlled cafeteria workers and powerful food service companies.  They are both expensive and they apply heavy political pressure to schools for purchase and preparation of prepared chemical crap.

    • dracula

      WirelessFreeZn Um are you serious?? unless you keep separate dishes for each food, then no matter how well you wash them, some of the food is going to spill over to the other dishes in the cooking or the prep. As such you could have someone eating what they thought was GF bread and get some that has the gluten in it because a waiter or prepper was not paying attention and placed the wrong stuff in the wrong bowl or dish. There is NO PHYSICAL WAY that you can keep food from cross pollinating, meaning getting some sauce spilled by accident onto another plate, or broth into another bowl. ANY kitchen worker will tell you this in a heartbeat. As such what you claim cannot be done. Want proof? Ask your family members with allergies if they have ever become sick (upset tummy-headache-dizzyness-etc) after eating at one of your “special places” and if they have, there is your proof of what I am saying!

  • allheart

    I’m allergic to some weeds, grass, flowers, mold, eggs, milk and some trees.  Wonder what they would expect me to do?  More is what would I do…. I have never expected anyone to accommodate me nor have it ever asked anyone to.  If these students can’t take a lunch or purchase only the things they can eat at school then they need to grow up and understand the world can’t cater to each and every person with a problem.  It’s called being responsible for yourself instead of needing a nanny for life.

    • cajunliberty7

      allheart I forgot that!  Who lives in the South and is not allergic to something?  pine pollen, oak pollen, ragweed, grasses, etc. as you have posted.  I just about died a a few years ago when I thought I was allergic to crawfish!!!!  Good thing it was just a spice I was using and I quit using it (or maybe I should have sued first?) then cooked the crawfish and all was fine, still eating and loving crawfish!

    • Woodworker

      I got tested many years ago, I’m allergic to everything. Animals, ragweeds, some foods, I know what I can eat and can’t. If your a college student, you should know what you can and can’t eat. I now eat more Paleo. Meat, veggies, salads, fruits. I put minimum spices. My big weakness is sweets. I try and not eat chemicals. My thoughts are that’s why we have ADHD and the other disabilities. Lest go back to basic cooking.

      • cajunliberty7

        Woodworker 
        I think you have a great point.  I think the artificial additives in foods and high fructose corn syrup in almost every drink and foods are affected children the most.  Now most children are medicated with Ritalin, a drug which acts like cocaine.
        Our big weakness is seafood, which for the most part we catch ourselves or trade to other fishermen what our family catches for what their family catches.  Growing a garden was a big thing for me.  My late father grew a magnificent garden with which he fed not only our extended family but many other families.  I have not the courage yet for such a big undertaking but we are growing corn, beans, squash, okra, cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, spinach, onions, leeks, garlic, a huge amount of spices and herbs (which thank God take care of themselves for the most part).   We send homemade fresh all natural lunches with all the family (grandchildren now) who are in school or who work.  My mother is 89 and she helps us with this.
        The biggest challenge for us has been to make our own soil.  I wanted to do it organically and if you don’t start with the soil, then what do you have?  but that took us about 5 years to have enough soil to begin.   We also have a great advantage to be able to have nut and fruit trees–pecan, walnut, hazelnut, plums, figs, oranges, grapefruit, lemons (huge!), limes, and others and for my wife loofa gourds! ha.
        I think if everyone ate natural foods without all those additives and unknown chemicals, they would live healthier lives and longer lives.

        • Woodworker

          My nephew had severe ADHD and Ritalin didn’t work of him. What worked was coffee. It had an opposite effect on him. Calmed him down.
          I have no proof that its the chemicals in food, just the notion that, in the depression era, none of this was happening to our kids. Then they started adding chemicals to foods to make them edible for longer periods of time and food coloring to look good. Around that time, kidets starting getting hyper. Just a theory.

        • GrumpyOldMan

          Woodworker I agree. And doctors don’t have time to actually diagnose and attempt cures anymore, so they are now mostly licensed drug pushers. Patient: “Doctor, my right foot itches.” Doctor: “Here, take this pill to eliminate the itch.” Next month. Patient: “Doctor that pill solved my right foot itching, but now my left foot itches.” Doctor: “OK. Here take this pill with the other one to stop the left foot itching.” Next month. Patient: “Doc, my feet don’t itch anymore, but now my right hand itches.” Doctor: “OK here’s a pill for your right hand itching. But you may get a side effect of a headache with that, so here’s a pain killer too.”  Where as had the doctor ever looked at the foot he would have discovered a fungus which was being spread by not washing the feet, socks, and hands!

        • cranberrysparkle

          Woodworker How did you arrive at the conclusion that during the depression era, there were no kids with ADD or ADHD?
          The school system at that time was simpler.  Kids did nore physical labor.  Recess was a time to run off energy.  There were no electronic babysitters.
          So is it chemicals or our way of life?  One of my sons has ADD as an adult.  He had ADHD as a child.  I thought there was a hereditary component, but I am not sure.

        • GrumpyOldMan

          cranberrysparkle Woodworker I believe it is a “man made disorder” created by big pharma with doctors being complicit (free golf, dinners, & vacations) to improve the financial bottom line. 
          All of a sudden diabetes is epidemic. Children have all kinds of “new” ailments, and yes, electronic babysitting just makes it worse. But the we used to eat “natural” food from the farm.  Now everything is chemically or genetically altered to increase production.  In other words, our food sources have been polluted. And then there is the crap that is put in our water, for our own good of course.

  • LouiseCA

    University students are incapable of being mature enough to manage their own food allergies? You mean to tell me that the same people who scream for sexual freedom, pot and booze parties, and daily sex and porn classes, can’t make sure they don’t eat peanuts?
    Well, give us a massive break.

    • cranberrysparkle

      LouiseCA I have mulitple food allergies.  Regardless of where I eat, I take responsibility for dealing with my allergies.  I would have done the same when I was a college student.  Sometimes it is hard, because many of the allergens can be hidden in what is served.  But, it is not impossible. 
      If students are required to eat in the school cafeteria, accommadations should be made.  If that’s too expensive, let them opt out.

  • michelledbell

    Typically kids that live in the dorms do not have cars and they rely on the cafeteria for all their meals.  If they have food allergies, and must pay for food that they CANNOT eat and CANNOT opt out of, i think the cafeteria can reasonably make some acomodations for the students. Many restaurants all over the country offer a gluten free menu so why not college cafeterias. Afterall, the students are paying for their meals They are learning plenty of responsibility being on their own for the first time and taking responsiblitity for their future.  I know if it were me, I would appreciate the consideration. But if i had to do over i again, I wouldn’t eat that food if they paid me. LOL Back then we called it the Freshman 15 (everyone gained 15 pounds from all that processed food)

  • GrumpyOldMan

    And this teaches the students what? Oh yeah, you can sue and get anything you want. Make others do as you command. No need to “fit in” or even try.  If there is no issue, make one up. It doesn’t even have to be real.  
    And they say the colleges and universities aren’t communist proving grounds? They must be allergic to intelligent life.

    • cranberrysparkle

      GrumpyOldMan If you have life threatening food allergies and are required to eat in the school cafeteria, it is a big deal.  for ex, I am allergic to corn.  Fortunately, that one isn’t life threatening, others are.  It is almost impoosible to know what products contain corn in its many forms.  As a student, I would have had a very hard to time getting much out of classes and studying, if I consumed it.  It makes more sense to let those students ,with genuine food allergies, opt out of college food plans and take responsibility for their own dietary needs.

  • Vladilyich

    “This is morally perverse. It is no more “unfair” for a person with a food allergy to take responsibility for it, learn about it, and deal with it, than it is for someone else to be forced to do so. ”
    Are you insane?  Some of these are life threatening.  Those without these environmental illnesses, can easily eat a diet designed for those who are!
    This has NOTHING to do with making others ay for the shortcomings of a given program and everything to do with health!

    • GrumpyOldMan

      Vladilyich Well then, that settles it. We make everyone have to use a wheel chair whether they can walk or not! We do need “disability equality” now, do we not?  Ever notice how many more people have “food allergies” now than ever before?  Maybe it’s genetic engineering.  Let’s screw with mother nature some more until everybody suffers uniformly.  Yeah that’s the ticket.  Spare me.

      • Vladilyich

        GrumpyOldMan Vladilyich You seem to have totally missed ,my point.  Everyone cn eat a healthy hypo-allergenic diet.  I costs nobody any more fir dieticians to pay attention to what they are serving,
        Do you want to blame this on Obama too?

        • GrumpyOldMan

          Vladilyich GrumpyOldMan Really?  Doesn’t cost anybody anything? Then why even have the story?  It’s a non issue. I seem to remember recently hearing about a guy that was allergic to onions.  So, the cook had to make sure he used no onions. Then he got tired of it and started putting little bits of onion in the food. No problem. Then more onion. Still no problem.  The reason was the guy just didn’t like onions. No allergy.  All these new rules for the cafeteria certainly do cost somebody money.  And yes, it’s his PC world that is causing all the problems.  
          I like your picture. Soon we will all look like you in this country!!  Great ain’t it?

        • AnnoyedByItAll

          Vladilyich GrumpyOldMan I don’t know about missing the point, I think the reply was right on the mark. By the time you eliminate ALL known allergens from all meals, you will have nothing left to serve, so let the students keep the money and feed themselves, it’s a lesson that the school should be teaching in the first place. I also have food allergies and have been managing them for more years than I care to count. We all need to stop forcing people to fit into the single mold and let them find their own place and method of coping. 
          But, as to the comment about not costing more to to have a single special meal prepared is so far off that I have to ask what reality do you come from?
          How about providing a variety of choices and let the students make one instead of making it for them!

    • dracula

      Vladilyich Um, comrade? You didnt see my post did you. It is YOUR responsibility and YOURS ALONE to take the necessary precautions to protect your health. And if you are a child then it is your PARENTS responsibility. It is NOT the responsibility of everyone you meet to make sure that you dont get sick.

  • Redmongo1

    I have a hangnail, I want free stuff :(

    • cranberrysparkle

      Redmongo1 I would be very happy to give you my food allergies along with a free kick in the butt.

      • Cookiepress

        cranberrysparkle Redmongo1 and take his hangnail :)

  • dracula

    I have a major allergy to coconut (which is strange as I can eat all other nuts, but there is some enzyme in the coconut that will send me into anaphylactic shock, meaning that unless I receive medical treatment within about 10 to 15 minutes, I will die as my body shuts down. Do I demand that everyone accommodate me for my allergy? Nope. I just know I have to read ingredients and ask how stuff is cooked when I go out to eat, as well as keep my eppi pen with me at all times as well as wear a medic alert band on my left wrist. I am not being mean or rude when I refuse to eat home cooking from a workmate, once they know about my allergy and the reason I politely refuse, they have no problem with it. Heck I cannot even eat Reddi Whip or Cool Whip as both have coconut oil in them so you should see the looks I get when I ask for a banana split with no whipped cream (lol). But seriously, it is YOUR choice on dealing with your medical condition. I can see banning peanuts if a child cant come into contact with a peanut or peanut butter because even getting it on their skin effects them, but in all other cases, YOU need to take care of YOUR allergies, not expect someone else to do it for you.

    • ARMYOF69

      dracula That leaves that beautiful macapuno just for me and those who love it. Thank you.

      • cajunliberty7

        ARMYOF69 dracula  
        I am one of “those.”  I have to take another trip to the Philippines!

      • dracula

        ARMYOF69 dracula since I have no idea what kind of coffee this is, you are more then welcome to my share…lol

    • CAHTX

      A primary school I worked at never served peanut butter due to 3 children with the allergy and if a kid brought peanut butter sandwiches he had to sit at an isolated table just for those bringing the sandwiches.

      • dracula

        CAHTX thats just wrong. if anything the kids that had the allergy should have been made to sit together, but the table should have been big enough that they could have had some of their friends sit with them as well if they wanted to. Telling the other 300 kids that they cant have peanut butter is just wrong. The ONLY exception I would have made to this rule is that if one of the kids allergic to the peanut butter was so allergic that the smell would cause a reaction (and yes some do exist). Otherwise its a round of peanut butter for all that can eat it.

        • CAHTX

          One girl would have her throat start to a week if she smelled peanut butter, same as I get asthma if I smell Pinesol.

  • Redmongo1

    Food allergies are NOT a disability! Disabilities are something which you can’t control. You know what your allergic to so DON’T EAT IT.  Now stop whimpering like a baby and go to work.

    • dracula

      Redmongo1 never said they were a disability now did I? I said that if you know you cannot tolerate some items, then DONT GET THEM. Nothing more or nothing less. You have not quite grasped the obvious reality in this conversation have you?

  • Kathy99

    Celiac Disease is NOT a FOOD Allergy! It is a serious inherited AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER which can kill you and does seriously affect quality of life. The amount of gluten that can fit on the head of a pin will make most celiacs sick for up to 3 weeks. Gluten destroys the small intestines of celiacs so they cannot absorb nutrients and often causes cancer of the intestine. So it is no whim. Celiacs must have gluten free food prepared without cross contamination, a service which some restaurants guarantee, such as Red Robin, Z-Pizza, and a few others. Gluten free foods usually cost 2 to 5 times as much as regular foods, so it is not reasonable to demand the schools provide far more expensive foods at the same cost or conscientious educated people trained to prepare them separately. A possible solution is for the cafeteria to provide a dedicated area and dedicated utensils for celiac students to prepare their own foods since cooking in dorms is usually not allowed. Storage, including refrigeration, for GF foods brought from home would help, too. This would incur minimal costs compared to providing the actual foods and separate staff.

    • GrumpyOldMan

      Kathy99 Kathy you make some very good and positive comments.  But you are a responsible person. Today most would rather make others the ones responsible for everything so they don’t need to take the responsibility for themselves. This idea seems to be promoted by our current irresponsible White House.
      My point is that people go to universities to feed their brains, not their gut.  Very few employers feed their employees. So part of the education system should be that of taking care of yourself. Instead of forcing people to consume food and beverage provided by the school, people should be “forced” to scavenge for their sustenance as part of learning self reliance.

      • Cookiepress

        GrumpyOldMan Kathy99 If the food is there in the cafeteria all ingredients should be listed. This might be cumbersome at the start but since they probably serve the same stuff week after week they would only have to do it once for each recipe. Shouldn’t be that big a deal

        • GrumpyOldMan

          Cookiepress GrumpyOldMan Kathy99 Wow. This is really making me feel bad.  I don’t have a “designer” handicap.  I’ve just got the old Agent Orange problems that keep me from being able to breathe. And nobody printing anything is going to help.  Maybe if I eat myself to 400 pounds I’ll feel better.  
          Or maybe PTSD.  That’s a new designer problem.  But that’s another one where they are looking for the cause and the cure in the wrong places.  It’s caused by having to deal with the VA when you get back home.  
          Anybody notice that a lot of these problems only became problems after sugar, salt, eggs, real milk etc were determined bad for you? And fructose was the miracle sweetener that appears now in everything? Cause and effect.

  • Kathy99

    Also, just buying food that doesn’t list wheat on the label isn’t enough. Gluten is in most grains, not just wheat. And grain that doesn’t contain gluten may be contaminated by being grown near wheat fields or being rotated with gluten-containing grain crops. Many foods are prepared on equipment that is used for foods that contain gluten and isn’t cleaned between processing cycles. In bakeries flour from previous baking can float around and contaminate GF foods. Celiacs ARE that sensitive. We have to buy certified GF oats to be sure they aren’t contaminated by other grains grown nearby. I know it’s fashionable in some circles to give up gluten for supposed “health reasons,” but Celiacs don’t have that choice. Not at all.  It isn’t a matter of “DONT EAT IT.”  Gluten contamination is everywhere, and only GF certified foods are safe to eat.

  • Kathy99

    Some food allergies, such as my many food allergies, are an inconvenience, nothing more. I simply avoid onions, for example. No problem.  But people who have peanut and nut allergies DIE in minutes from the smallest amounts of those allergens.  I have one friend who carries 2 Epi-pens and has used them on two occasions in the mad rush to the ER after eating something in a restaurant that she was incorrectly told had no nuts in it.  Each time it did. She never eats out any more. Children with peanut allergies occasionally die if their parents or caretakers aren’t diligent enough.  There is a big difference between the food allergies I have, which are annoying but manageable, and food allergies such as nuts and peanuts, which cause death.  I can’t see any reason to call that a Disability and bring in the government to interfere, but colleges need to voluntarily enable seriously allergic students to manage their allergies safely.  My little Celiac grandson takes his lunch to school every day and always will.  He “brown bags it” to birthday parties, too, unfortunately, but that’s life.  Problem solved.  But colleges need to make more accommodations for seriously allergic students or Celiacs to prepare their own food if they live on campus.  That isn’t too much to ask and is the least intrusive option.  Keep the government out of it!

  • lavender lady

    What a bunch of winers.

  • dntmkmecomoverther

    well sheeeeeeit…I’ve been allergic to all food since birth: it all makes me fat!  So send me my check Obama!  huma humma!
    This country has lost all its marbles.

    • cranberrysparkle

      dntmkmecomoverther as evidenced by your comment.

    • AndrewMicklos

      dntmkmecomoverther The courts have lost all thier marbles since the democrats have filled every vacancy with liberal idiots.

  • ARMYOF69

    Where does my Obama allergy rate?

  • Jimbo999

    I developed an allergy to clams late in life and get quite sick if I have even a little piece of one. I can eat shrimp, but not if they were cooked in the same grease as clams.
    I will be expecting my “Handicapped” license plates and would be grateful that I can now park in the front row at WalMart and park for free at meters.  Finally I get something after paying for other people’s stuff for 67 years.

    • cajunliberty7

      Jimbo999 
      Now that is funny.  I will be appealing for my “handicapped” license at our DMV next week!  Thanks for the tip!  DMV:  Sir, what is your handicap?    Me:  Lactose. oh, and high acidic foods…especially at night!  DMV:  Sir, that is not a handicap!  Me:  Yes, it is.  I also need someone else to cook my food for me.  DMV:  Are you unable to cook?  Me:  No, I can cook, but I just want someone else to do it for me….and someone else to pay for it also!  DMV:  You need to be a Democrat to do that sir!  Me:  Oh, in that case…

      • cranberrysparkle

        cajunliberty7 Jimbo999 FYI:  If you want to get a handicap parking permit, you need to talk to your MD, who will do a rigerous health and functioning history and exam.

        • cajunliberty7

          cranberrysparkle 
          My MD is a close childhood friend, he would not give me a handicap parking permit even if I qualified, he would want me to walk more, walk more, are you walking more? If I listen to him, I will quit driving anywhere and walk there instead…ha.

        • cranberrysparkle

          cajunliberty7 cranberrysparkle Your MD is a smart man.  It took me years and a lot of hard work to get back to where I could walk from my car into a store.  There is freedom in being able to do so, esp when I can walk fast.

      • keenan0033

        cajunliberty7 Jimbo999 Oh, that is so funny especially the Democrat part.  Hilarious!!!!

  • NorbertAbroad

    The logical conclusions include special privileges for all Democrats, since liberalism is a mental disorder and therefore a disability. Fair’s fair!

  • ElderAmbassador

    This is my FINAL word to you on this topic, OK!  And this is the last time I’ll ever try to engage in an intelligent discussion with, or try to educate, a liberal.
    The word “Private” refers to the ownership of any entity.  Private club allowing only members to enter (BTW, they are also required to make “accomidations”), or ANY other NON GOVERNMENTAL entity, business, construction company, auto repair, General Mills, A&P stores, etc., that allow anyone to enter.
    They are the ones who must make the “accomidations” out of their OWN pocket, whether a single person, LLC, or Corporation.  Keep in mind that every Corporation is owned by it’s stock holders, who all are individual people when you drill down to the very bottom of ownership.  If you don’t understand what I’m saying here, I’m sorry, - you’re obviously a result of public school education/indoctrination.

    • http://michellemalkin.com/ wolfeatworld

      ElderAmbassador
      Here, Elder, use mine:
      “We’ve collectively given up on the futile exercise of trying to argue the merits of any cause, person, place or thing, with liberals. It cannot be done. We finally came to the inescapable conclusion that most of us would rather wipe our collectively asses with rusty razor blades, than give one more syllable toward such an effort. 
      Liberals hate the truth, despise anyone who comes bearing any resemblance of it, and have as teachable a spirit as a charging rhinoceros in heat.
      Does this clear up anything for ya?” –– Sam Page

      • ElderAmbassador

        wolfeatworld ElderAmbassador 
        Works for me.  I’m done with “them.”

        • Cookiepress

          ElderAmbassador wolfeatworld I was recently in a conversation on face book regarding gun control and I said we had a gun in the house and that I am a Libertarian and was told by a Democrat that because I am a Libertarian that I don’t have the courage to choose a side between Democrats and Republicans. Fancy that :)

        • ElderAmbassador

          Cookiepress ElderAmbassador wolfeatworld 
          That is so “them,” and now I’m LMFHO (that’s Fool Head – after all, this is a family venue).

    • Cookiepress

      ElderAmbassador I totally agree with you. I have Celiac disease and only eat in restaurants that will accommodate  me. My choice.  I don’t smoke cigarettes and will not dine in any restaurant where it is allowed. My choice. Public buildings are owned and paid for by the taxpayers. I don’t know why that is so difficult for some to understand. The federal government has put so many rules and restrictions on business, I don’t know why anyone would try to open a small business anymore. We rely too much on big government. I am retired from NY and moved to SC in 2005. I love this state and our Governor. We need to stop relying on government for all our wants. Please remember “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take it all away”

  • Fr. John+

    I disagree with the presumptions of this article. Clearly, the author is totally unaware that the FEDGOV, via Monsanto, as well as the Corporate Agri-Biz of the last seventy years, have modified (genetically and not) our basic FOOD SUPPLY in the USA, to the point that an MD wrote a book called ‘Wheat Belly’ that now shows your ‘standard wheat’ (which is practically everywhere in our food today) is now a POISON for many, if not most, individuals.
    As a Priest, I now understand why even the Eucharist can be deadly for those with celiac- when such was not even the case, 50 years ago. The “staff of life” today is killing people, as well as making them OBESE, and only by TOTAL elimination of this POISON can we hope to live the rest of our lives. 
    Unless we could go back to the genetic strains of wheat in use in our grandparent’s days, and eliminate the pesticide-proof GMO’s that now invade every avenue of our comestible lives, it not only is a sane choice- it’s the ONLY CHOICE, for a FEDGOV gone power-made, allied with Agri-biz that actively seeks to ‘control the food supply of the WORLD!
    If that’s not satanic or demagoguic, I don’t know what is.

    • Cookiepress

      Fr. John+ AMEN

    • cajunliberty7

      Fr. John+  Likely both satanic and demagogic.  Jesus said, satan had come to “steal, kill, and destroy” and these wheat strains of today are death to good health and longevity of life.
      I wish your post could be made into radio and TV commercials to reach all of America, the most especially Congress and the EPA which allowed such genetic changes to our food supply.

  • http://crabzinabarrel.com SociaLight

    I’m sorry that your tummy hurts because you ate some wheat. I have a REAL food allergy. I’m allergic to fish and I can (and have) gone into anaphylactic shock and have almost died because of cross contamination and being forced (yes, forced) by teachers to eat fish (they thought I was just being mouthy and didn’t like fish sticks). This was followed by a trip in the ambulance trips to the emergency room and several days at home recovering.  While the Lesley case is not the best case to cite; food allergies can kill. 
    It is scary, living each moment hoping the idiot in the back cleaned off the grill in between the salmon patty and my burger that I’m about to bite into.  I’ve even had anaphylaxis at a 5-star Spanish restaurant who failed to mention that their rice was boiled in cuddle fish sauce (because EVERYONE knows that!!) So, haha, it’s really funny that I could die from people not giving me reasonable accommodation (i.e. not disclosing that there is fish in my food, like RICE)

    • Cookiepress

      SociaLight Quite obviously you are ignorant of the symptoms and effects of Celiac Disease or you would not say they are a tummy ache. I suggest you educate yourself on the subject before you make another comment.