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FSCD Appeal Panel finds in favour of funding GFCF diet, March, 2009

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, 3 March, 2009

Decision appealed: The Director's refusal to continue to fund a gluten free, casein free diet for [Children's Names].

Decision: The decision of the Director is rescinded.

Findings of Fact:

The FSCD Panel finds that a GFCF diet is both accepted and non-experimental, as envisioned by teh Alberta Legislature in the FSCD Act.

The FSCD Panel finds that a GFCF diet is effective in assisting to manage [Children's Names]'s condition.

Reasons for Decision:

A GFCF diet is both accepted and non-experimental, as envisioned by the Alberta Legislature in the FSCD Act.

The FSCD Panel recognizes that there is not universal acceptance of the GFCF diet for the management of symptoms associated with Autism. That is not to say that acceptance does not exist and the FSCD Panel finds that the GFCF diet is adequately accepted to meet the requirements of section 4(1)(j)(v) of the FSCD Regulation.

The FSCD Panel also finds that there are sufficient studies regarding the GFCF diet to conclude that it is non-experimental. The FSCD Panel was provided with an extensive array of information regarding GFCF diets and Autism.

The FSCD Panel concludes from its review of the information provided that, while there may be no "gold standard" study supporting the use of a GFCF diet, there is evidence that the intervention works to improve some aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a significant number of cases.

The FSCD Panel finds that a GFCF diet is accepted and non-experimental. The decision of the Director is rescinded with the direction that the diet be funded effective October 1, 2008.

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