• Definitions of Disability and of Other Special Dietary Needs Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a “person with a disability” is any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment. The term “physical or mental impairment” includes many diseases and conditions, a few of which may be orthopedic, visual, speech and hearing impairments; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; muscular dystrophy; multiple sclerosis; cancer; heart disease; metabolic diseases, such as diabetes or phenylketonuria (PKU); food anaphylaxis (severe food allergy); mental retardation; emotional illness; drug addiction and alcoholism; specific learning disabilities; HIV disease and tuberculosis. Major life activities covered by this definition include caring for one’s self, eating, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.  
     
    In accordance with USDA and TDA regulations, Decatur ISD has developed and implemented a food allergy plan for individuals with special dietary needs.  
     
    Physicians must complete and sign the following allergy form for Decatur ISD. Please call Shelly Laaser, MS RD, Director of Child Nutrition with concerns at (940) 393-7170.