Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘At School’

VIENNA, VA, OCT. 31, 2014 – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization, today commended New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law legislation that protects students who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, in school.

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Is a 504 Plan Right For Your Child?

Published September - 12 - 2014


The first day of school brings out the jitters in everyone – even parents. If your child has food allergies, your anxieties may be multiplied. You want to ensure your child is safe within the school environment. Is this the time to consider a 504 Plan?

“All families have the right to request a 504 Plan evaluation,” says Kathleen McDarby, RN, MPH, project manager with Read the rest of this entry »

How Parents, Schools Can Prevent Bullying

Published August - 19 - 2014

ConfidenceEight-year-old Abigail arrives at school every morning with her green and pink polka-dot medical bag on her shoulder. Inside, she carries her asthma inhaler and an epinephrine auto-injector in case she experiences an allergic reaction to one of her food allergens: eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

Abigail’s fourth-grade classmates are well aware of her asthma and food allergies. “The kids know it’s normal for her to carry her medicine,” her mom Jennifer, of Blue Ridge, Ga., says.

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capitolU.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced on Dec. 5 the Alerting Local Leaders and Ensuring Responsible Guidelines for Youth (ALLERGY) Act, legislation that would require schools to enact a policy that addresses allergy bullying.

McLEAN, VA, NOV. 13, 2013 – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) today commended President Obama for signing into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, legislation that helps protect schoolchildren who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

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State anaphylaxis emergency preparedness laws are changing nationwide to ensure schools have policies in place to address situations in which a student is suddenly found in the throes of an attack without an epinephrine auto-injector. But not all school districts have updated their policies or are aware when discrepancies exist.

With anaphylaxis, rapid treatment saves lives. Delay of treatment while figuring out what to do or which policy to follow can result in death, which is exactly what prompted Sandra Lawinger, RN, school district nurse, Glen Ellyn, Ill. to take action. Read the rest of this entry »

Anaphylaxis Answers Save Lives And Regrets

Published October - 1 - 2012

SEPT. 28, 2012, McLean, VA – What would you do if faced with a child experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction? It’s a question Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics’ national network of Anaphylaxis Community Experts, or ACE Teams, pose in free training programs for educators, families and policymakers across the country.

Knowing the answer could save a life and a lifetime of regret.

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The Right Preschool Makes a Difference

Published May - 30 - 2012

By Linda Marienhoff Coss

In May 1993, I was determined to find a preschool for my son with severe food allergies. Life-threatening food allergies were far from mainstream knowledge, and there were few reliable resources on the subject. I had no idea what it would take to create a Read the rest of this entry »

Three cheers! Wisconsin is now the 48th state to protect students’ right to carry and use their lifesaving anaphylaxis medications at school. On November 23, Gov. Scott Walker signed a law that allows a student while in school, at a school event, or Read the rest of this entry »

United States CongressState’s new law allows schools to keep and use auto-injectable epinephrine for students who suffer severe allergic reactions

WASHINGTON, DC, AUG. 16, 2011 — Illinois took a definitive step forward yesterday in helping protect students as Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which lets schools stock and use Read the rest of this entry »