Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Are Peanut Allergies a Disability?

Our previous church met in a elementary school. In every hall and classroom signs were posted, "THIS IS A NUT FREE ZONE". No peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or trail mix allowed. But according to a Boston Globe report peanut allergies are not very common.
Roughly the same number of Americans each year die from lightning strikes as from peanut allergies.
But schools are still trying to figure out how to balance the one who does with the 400 who don't. It isn't easy.

In a separate news story; Laura Duke, whose son has a severe peanut allergy nearly died when exposed to peanuts at school. Brentson Duke was given 7 weeks of home teaching paid for by the state while they considered his situation. In the end the school decided he didn't have disability and could not continue the home training at state expense. But this devoted mom isn't taking any chances she has decided to homeschool him.
Last week she withdrew Brentson from Metro and paid more than $250 for books and fees so she can teach him through a Christian-based homeschool program."It's not cheap," Duke said. "But if it's keeping him from dying, I wouldn't care if it were $20,000."
She may not realize it yet but she may not have only saved his life but his education as well. I wish her well.

(HT: Joanne Jacobs)

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