How Culture-sensitive Are Your Camp Health Services?

Campers and staff come from a variety of backgrounds. An urban-savvy camper becomes the bunkmate to a youth raised on a rural farm; two girls — one from a small mountain village and the other from a coastal metropolitan area — are in the same cabin; and U.S. staff are joined by staff from other countries. In addition, there may be campers and staff who, while living in the U.S., speak a language other than English at home. This seemingly disparate group interacts to create the magic of camp.

Food Allergies May Constitute a Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

In an historic judgement on December 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an agreement with Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., to ensure that students with celiac disease and other food allergies can fully and equally enjoy the university’s meal plan and food services in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).       

Food Allergy Resources

According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), up to 15 million people in the United States are affected by food allergies, including one in thirteen children. Reactions to food allergies range from mild to severe — to even life threatening. And, in an historic judgment in 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled that food allergies may constitute a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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