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Resources for Parents of Kids with Celiac Disease

The Beyond Celiac team is thrilled to have you here. Whether you’re wondering if your child may have celiac disease or you’re looking for some help to keep you and your gluten-free kid on the right track, this is the place to be.

At Beyond Celiac, we believe that celiac disease shouldn’t stand in the way of children living happy lives alongside their peers. Celiac disease does bring unique challenges that parents and students need to navigate on a daily basis. With the help of the following Parent Resources toolkit PDF download, you can learn to use legal protections that will enable you to seek accommodations to ensure that the school environment does not compromise your child’s long-term health and ongoing safety.

PDF Download: Parent Resources Supporting Children with Celiac Disease

Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll find inside:

  • What’s a 504 plan? Does your child need one?
  • How do you get a 504 plan started?
  • What’s the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?
  • Communication management tips for parents and teachers
  • Celiac disease and the older child
  • GREAT Training information
  • Kid-friendly celiac disease vocabulary words
  • And more!

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Additionally, to make you feel at home, we invited Beyond Celiac Scientific/Medical Advisory Council Member and celiac disease expert Dr. Ritu Verma to write a little welcome note to all of our parent section visitors. Here’s what she had to say:

Dear Parents, Family and Friends:

Take a deep breath. Beyond Celiac is here!

As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I’ve seen the gamut of cases in the exam room. There have been middle schoolers violently ill from untreated celiac disease, and toddlers who barely showed symptoms. I’ve seen dramatic improvements once they went gluten-free, and the stumbles it takes to get there.

I’ve seen this because I’m not only a doctor, I’m also a mother. A mother of kids with celiac disease. While my children are older now, I’ve gone through what each of you do on a daily basis. What I’ve learned: Support is crucial, knowledge is key, and acceptance is a virtue . You can’t anticipate or control every situation your child will be in, so the best defense is to educate yourself, your child and those around you.

And that’s exactly what Beyond Celiac is all about.


Dr. Ritu VermaRitu Verma, MD
Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology
University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital
Vice Chair, Pediatric Business Development
Medical Director
University of Chicago Celiac Center

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