This week we wrap up our Fall News and Notes podcast with a couple of uplifting messages from our listeners, an update on how the Nourished Festival went including shout outs to the companies who sent us some samples to try. On that topic we discuss examples of some of the struggles that gluten free businesses are having during this time and what we can do to support the small companies and restaurants who are working so hard to support us.
Mike and Cam sit down to discuss some of the current topics in the celiac and gluten free world, and also read some letters from our amazing listeners. In part one of this special two part fall episode, we share a listener's emotional family story, talk about a promising study about how gluten being introduced to infants might impact them getting celiac disease, and the latest on the Nima sensor situation.
It has been treacherous navigating daily life during the COVID outbreak. Students with celiac returning to school have been put under extra stress, as many schools have fewer resources devoted to students with celiac or other food intolerances. Some colleges have abandoned special food programs all together. Andrea Tucker is working hard to support students and their families who are facing these obstacles. She has a Facebook group Gluten Free College 101 and is announcing a new subscription platform to provide this very important support.
Disability Rights Attorney, Mary Vargas, returns to the podcast representing her clients in two landmark cases within the celiac community. J.D., whose case against Colonial Williamsburg sent shockwaves through the celiac and gluten free community, and Hannah, who's involved in a case against the University of Maryland. Both courageous guests share their experiences about these tough situations, how and why they decided to go to court, and their long term hopes about how their cases can hopefully effect positive change moving forward.