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When Eating Isn't Easy
January 2018
Food Allergy-Related Disabilities & the ADA 
Did you know that, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the ADA, having a food allergy can be considered a disability and gives you certain rights and protections? The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 clarified for the federal government that a disability is to be defined as: "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (MLA); or a record of such impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment." Included in major life activities are eating and breathing; major bodily functions, i.e. functions of the immune system digestive, bowel, & respiratory.

What does this mean? Bottom line, it means that severe food allergies can be a disability and entities that receive federal funding have to provide necessary accommodations to ensure that these individuals can participate as fully as possible in public life. READ MORE >>
Access Music City
via Empower TN

Access Music City is a program that provides a “win-win” for Music City businesses, their current or potential patrons who have disabilities, and the Nashville community at-large by showcasing accessibility-friendly restaurants, entertainment venues, and transportation services so that all citizens of and visitors to Nashville can make informed choices of where to go [to eat] in the “it city.” READ MORE to find out how accessible your favorite Nashville restaurants are!
Top 4 Assistive Products for Mealtimes 
via The Wright Stuff 

People who have difficulties feeding or drinking independently typically want to do so. As a caregiver, introducing adaptive dinnerware not only can you make your own job a bit easier, but you can give your patient or loved one a degree of freedom and power that they may not have felt for quite awhile.

The question is: What do they want? They may not always be able to voice their concerns, so it here is a list of the top 4 types of products that can make their lives more enjoyable, as well as your job easier: READ MORE >>

Call Pathfinder!
By: Karen Mevis
CALLER: Hi. My son is 16 and he weighs 280 pounds. I cannot work right now and neither one of us has health insurance.  I work providing home health and we moved here for me to be closer to a particular case, but I injured my back and cannot work any cases right now. I’m really worried about my son and I don’t want to wait any longer to get him help with his unhealthy weight.  Are there any helps for him? READ MORE for Pathfinder's response! 
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Gluten-Free Restaurants in Memphis
via I Love Memphis Blog 

Whether you’re totally gluten-intolerant, or you just enjoy the health benefits of a gluten-free diet, it’s not always easy to find dining options beyond salads and bunless burgers. Here’s a list: READ MORE >> 

Easy to Chew and Easy to Swallow Recipe Ideas 
via KelliesFoodtoGlow.Com

These recipes have been developed, or options given, for those who are having trouble chewing. Many recipes that you already may be familiar with can be adapted for easier handling in the mouth just by chopping foods very finely and/or using a hand/stick blender to smooth the texture of some of the chewier cooked ingredients. READ MORE >>

Websites to Check Out:

Visit for pieces on almost every imaginable struggle you could have with food (or disability, disease, & mental illness), and connect with others who do, too.
This project is partially funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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