ODS, Chartwells staffing Food Allergy Awareness table today

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) and Chartwells (Wichita State Dining Services) will offer a Food Allergy Awareness table 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Shocker Hall. The event is a collaborative effort between ODS, WSU Housing and Chartwells to provide information to WSU students about food allergies and other health issues related to food.

Food allergies involve the immune system and can be life-threatening. More than 170 foods are known to cause food allergies, but eight foods account for nine out of 10 reactions in the United States. These food include the following: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

Food allergies are considered a disability. The following information describes what would be considered a person with a disability: an individual, who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, has a record of such a disability or is regarded as having a disability. These life activities include but are not limited to learning, working, walking, breathing, hearing, and seeing, in addition to many other physical and sensory functions.

If you are a student with a disability that is interested in receiving possible accommodations, please fill an ODS Disability Services Intake Form. If you are a faculty or staff member interested in receiving possible workplace accommodations, contact the HR Total Rewards Team at totalrewards@wichita.edu.