An IEP does not supersede the recognized medical authority’s written medical statement.
It supports the written medical statement to reiterate the child’s nutritional needs.
The Agency may, but is not required to, make food accommodations for these children.
When food allergies result in a severe, life-threatening reaction, a child’s condition would rise to the level of a disability.
California does not recognize other medical authorities as authorized to sign a written medical statement to determine a child’s diet.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a plan or program developed in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure that a child who has a disability receives specialized instruction and related services.
When specialized nutrition services are required, a written medical statement or completed Medical Statement form that is signed by a recognized medical authority must support the child’s IEP.
These include: functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, along with digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
The Agency must provide food substitutions to a child with a disability when the need for a substitution is supported by a written medical statement or completed CDE Medical Statement form that is signed by a licensed physician, a physician assistant, or a nurse practitioner.
Either medical statement must clearly identify the child’s: The Agency is required to make dietary accommodations, including texture modifications (such as preparing chopped, ground, or pureed foods), when a recognized medical authority provides a medical statement to the Agency for children whose disability restricts their diet.