It has been eight years since my son was diagnosed with food allergies. I can remember leaving the doctor's office and thinking what now. I was not given any advice other than that my son should avoid all nuts. I am often asked, "how do you manage it," but it has become a way of life for us. I have not forgotten that feeling and am thankful that food allergies are becoming more recognized and we have organizations that offer priceless support. The following is a list of food allergy organizations that offer endless amount of support from recipes to working with your schools, and more.
Anaphylaxis HQ was launched by Jodie Hommer, a proactive member of the food allergy community, in December 2013. Anaphylaxis HQ is creating a free online resource guide for all things anaphylaxis. Their guide will be like a yellow pages for food allergies and anaphylaxis. This guide is expected to be available January 14, 2014. I love this idea. Can you imagine leaving the allergist's office with a list of organizations, products and services to help you navigate food allergies?
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team, also referred to as FAACT, launched December 30, 2013, will focus on increasing education about food allergies and anaphylaxis. FAACT offers educational training and support, including webinars and in-person conferences across the country. FAACT has a great team that brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to the table. Become a patron for $35 annually.
Food Allergy Research and Education, also known as FARE, was established in 2012 when the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative merged. "FARE’s mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure. FARE does this by providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government, increasing awareness of food allergies as a serious public health issue, and investing in world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of the disease." FARE offers a wide range of resources for families with food allergies such as information about food allergies, to teen summits, webinars and more. Simply visit there site at www.foodallergy.org. Membership is not required but does offer you additional benefits.
Kids with Food Allergies, also known as KFA, which has recently become a division of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, offers an outstanding online community to assist families with managing food allergies. Their online community is the largest online support community for families raising children with food allergies and it's free! In addition to the online community, KFA often hosts live chat events and blogs published by a Medical Advisory Team. Don't miss their FREE webinar on January 14, 2014, which will discuss Section 504 and IHCP plans and how to work with your school. It's free but limited. Register today. Membership is FREE!
I am grateful for the above organization's helping me and other families with food allergies navigate food allergies. I am grateful for them offering great resources, education, a passion to find a cure and having spokesmen like Jo Frost to help food allergy awareness.