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An individual with a disability is defined as any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or is regarded as having such an impairment.
Major life activities include caring for one’s self, eating, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
Under no circumstance is an Agency to revise or change a recognized medical authority’s diet prescription or medical order.
The CDE permits the following state licensed healthcare professionals to complete and sign a written medical statement for a disability determination: licensed physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners.
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.
However, the Agency must ensure that the accommodation is supported by a written medical statement or completed Medical Statement form signed by a licensed physician, a physician assistant, or a nurse practitioner.