Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Celiac Disease is a disability under ADA in certain circumstances

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Lesley University entered an agreement settling a claim by students that Lesley University violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it failed to make reasonable modifications for students with celiac disease and other food allergies.  The DOJ has provided a Q&A guide concerning the settlement and its possible implications for other public accommodations that serve food, like restaurants.  The DOJ's ADA Technical Assistance Program provides information and answers questions confidentially. To contact an ADA Specialist about a specific situation, please call the ADA Information Line: 800-514-0301 (Voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY) M-W, F 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Th 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).