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FSCD Appeal Panel finds in favour of funding GFCF diet, June, 2010

The following excerpts are direct quotations from the FSCD Appeal Panel Decision Document in Alberta, Canada.

Decision of the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Appeal Committee, 28 June, 2010

Decision appealed: The Director's decision to deny support for the Gluten Free Casein Free Diet for [Children's Names].

Decision: The decision of the Director is rescinded.

Findings of Fact:

The FSCD Appeal Panel finds that, based on testimony and documentation submitted by Kierstin Hatt, Appellant, the GFCF diet is an accepted and non-experimental nutritional regime that is effective in assisting to manage ASD in some children including [Children's Names].

Reasons for Decision:

The Director's decision was based on the argument that the GFCF diet does not meet the requirement of being accepted and non-experimental.

The FSCD Appeal Panel finds that it would not be in the best interst of the children to withdraw support for one component of this array of supports when it is working well. The FSCD Appeal Panel also considers this to be evidence that the GFCF diet is non-experimental with these children.

Based on the documents submitted, the FSCD Appeal Panel finds that the GFCF diet is widely prescribed, used and supported. It is also extensively researched. The FSCD Appeal Panel finds that there is sufficient evidence to deem the GFCF diet accepted and non-experimental.

The FSCD legislation recognizes and values the right, the responsibility and the ability of parents to make choices regarding therapies for their children. The FSCD Appeal Panel is satisfied that Kierstin Hatt, Appellant, has researched the GFCF diet, understands it and is providing it for her children under supervision and monitoring by a doctor and a dietician. The FSCD Appeal Panel finds that Kierstin Hatt, Appellant, has the right and responsibility to work with the service providers and professionals involved with her children to determine the most appropriate approaches to use for management of her sons' disability.

The FSCD Appeal Panel rescinds the Director's decision with the direction that the GFCF diet be funded effective February 1, 2010.

 

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