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The physician's statement must identify: the child's disability; an explanation of why the disability restricts the child's diet; the major life activity affected by the disability; the food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted.

In Cases of Food Allergy Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and the school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them.

Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may fall under one of the thirteen categories.

Classification depends upon the particular characteristics associated with the disorder and how the condition manifests itself in the student, which will determine the category.

The guidance is based on the policy guidelines outlined in the FNS Instruction 783-2, Revision 2, Meal Substitutions for Medical or Other Special Dietary Reasons.

Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement, which explains the food substitution that is requested. Who can provide more information and technical assistance? SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES School food service staff must make food substitutions or modifications for students with disabilities.

INTRODUCTION In recent years, we have seen increasing emphasis on the importance of ensuring that children with disabilities have the same opportunities as other children to receive an education and education-related benefits, such as school meals.

GLOSSARY..36 LIST OF APPENDICES APPENDIX A FNS Instruction 783-2, Revision 2, Meal Substitutions for Medical or Other Special Dietary Reasons 41 U. Department of Agriculture Nondiscrimination Exhibit A - Regulations: 7 CFR Part 15b APPENDIX B USDA, Food and Nutrition Service Regional Contacts Special Nutrition Programs Regional Contacts Civil Rights..50 APPENDIX C Department of Health and Human Services Regional Contacts APPENDIX D Voluntary and Professional Health Organizations GUIDANCE FOR ACCOMMODATING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS IN THE SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS I.

Special Needs Which May or May Not Involve Disabilities...25 C. Often, the substitutions can be made relatively easily.

Meals and/or Foods Outside of the Normal Meal Service..23 B. The nature of the child's disability, the reason the disability prevents the child from eating the regular school meal, and the specific substitutions needed must be specified in a statement signed by a licensed physician.