Did you know that today is the start of World Allergy Week…April 7-13 2014?
The World Allergy Organization’s focus this week is for people to join them in their mission to ” increase awareness of Anaphylaxis – When Allergies Can Be Severe And Fatal.”
Did you also know that May is Food Allergy Awareness Month?
Perfect timing…there is a School Council Meeting tomorrow night.
At the School Council Meeting, I am planning to speak about Anaphylaxis Canada’s 7th Community Conference at the Delta Hotel in Markham, Ontario on May 10th, 2014. Click here for more information on this fantastic event.
I am so excited to be attending this year…my first time! Hard to believe, but for some reason or other, I have had previous engagements that have prevented me from attending…this year I am free!
Anaphylaxis Canada’s 7th Community Conference is a full day conference divided into half-day sessions. “Patients, families, educators, healthcare professionals and other members of the community interested in learning about food allergy and anaphylaxis management” are all welcome.
What a great opportunity!
The morning session will consist of workshops for parents (Partnering and Planning With Your School-An Interactive Workshop For Parents) and youth, ages 13-21 (Teens Talk Allergies).
The afternoon session is open to all members of the community.
Afternoon program will include:
- Anaphylaxis Canada Update, Beatrice Povolo, Anaphylaxis Canada
Food For Thought: A buffet of truths and myths about food allergy, Dr. Adelle Adkinson, MD, FRCP
- Anxiety Alert! Understanding Anxiety in Kids With Allergies, Dr. Suneeta Monga, MD, FRCPC
- When Food Is A Weapon-Food Allergy Bullying, Kyle Dine & Youth Advisory Panel Members
- Panel Discussion: When things go wrong with food labelling, Speakers TBD -Evaluation & Wrap Up, Laura Harada, Anaphylaxis Canada
Click here for more information regarding the afternoon session.
In the morning session, I am hoping to ask some questions about students with food allergies planning on a post-secondary education.
As my eldest son, Michael with food allergies to dairy, egg, beef, lamb, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nut, sesame, mustard and raspberries is in the process of choosing one out of three universities to attend in the fall of 2014…I am looking for some guidance.
1) Tips on choosing a food allergy aware university.
2) What type of residence is recommended for a student with multiple food allergies where cross-contamination in the cafeteria limits food options? (All students in residence must obtain a meal plan)
3) Do universities pair students with food allergies together?
4) Will a letter from an allergist influence the type of residence a student with food allergies is assigned?
Where else can you go to talk food allergies without those around you cringing, second guessing you and/or turning a deaf ear?
As they say, ‘raising a child takes a village’. Attending a conference such as Anaphylaxis Canada’s 7th Annual Community Conference provides parents and youth with the tools to navigate and educate the ‘village’ in which we are raising our child/children with food allergies to be the best that they can be.
How awesome is that!
Are you going?
What questions will/would you ask?