Disability and 504 Resources

These resources have information that may assist you as you work with your your child(ren)’s school to develop an 504 plan to ensure your child is accessing their rights to a free and appropriate public education.  Washington FEAST posts these links to provide access to relevant information but makes no guarantee this information is suitable for your specific, individual needs.

Washington State Disability Rights Resources

  • New! The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is home to the Office of  Equity and Civil Rights, and was established to promote “equal access, academic inclusion, and full educational participation” to undeserved and underrepresented populations.
  • In 2010, in response to the Washington State House Bill 3026, OSPI Office of Equity and Civil Rights developed guidelines, titled Prohibiting Discrimination in Washington Public Schools, which constitute OSPI’s interpretation of the state law.
    • Food allergies and anaphylaxis are not specifically addressed but the rights of students with conditions that are considered a disability relative to the definitions put forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are addressed starting on p. 18.
    • There is a section on Discriminatory Harassment that merits reading, see Section IV.
    • SB3026 required the state to maintain a  contact list of school district compliance coordinators, Title IX coordinators and 504 coordinators
Advocacy Support and Resources – links to federal disability laws and support
  • Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has a  Disability page as well as a page devoted to  Section 504 and Written Management Plans.
  • Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) maintains the Civil Rights Advocacy Resource Center – information on 504 and access to free consultation with FAACT staff.
  • Food Allergy Advocate Rhonda Riggott Stevens, a professional educator and private consultant, has helped many parents work through the Section 504 and IDEA processes successfully with their school districts.
  • To file a civil rights complaint related to food allergy or anaphylaxis, contact: 

    Office for Civil Rights
    U.S. Department of Education
    915 Second Avenue Room 3310
    Seattle, WA 98174-1099Telephone: 206-607-1600
    FAX: 206-607-1601; TDD: 800-877-8339
    Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

Federal laws, regulations and interpretation of disability laws

Case law on food allergies and public entities and schools – state and federal cases


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