School is Back in Session!


It is that time to study up on how CCFA can help with the transition back to school or college! It's always helpful to get an early start.

Planning ahead can help reduce anxiety and facilitate smooth transitions.  Parents can help their children prepare for the upcoming school year by sharing our “Guide for Teachers and Other School Personnel” with school staff. 

School aged children and teens may also benefit from creating a section 504 Plan to ensure their school day and schedule can accommodate individual needs.  You can find a template of the 504 plan written just for you here. In addition to the 504 plan template, CCFA has created appeal letters for school accommodations which can be found here. Please review these templates along with a great article “Taking IBD to School” which includes resources and insights for students and parents.

CCFA’s general education pieces on IBD are helpful at this time of year when kids are meeting new teachers and friends.  These publications provide a snap shot of IBD to school personnel and other parents.  Contact the IBD Help Center at 888-MY-GUTPAIN or info@ccfa.org to request our fact sheet “Frequently Asked Questions About Inflammatory Bowel Disease” and any other materials that may be helpful!  Additionally, join our Twitter Chat to hear from IBD experts on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 4pm EST discussing “Coping: Back to School & IBD.”  Follow our chat using #Back2SchoolIBD and check out CCFA’s page at: https://twitter.com/CCFA.  

Younger friends can read “Pete Learns all About Crohn’s and Colitis” in a comic book format. Additionally, elementary aged children can have fun learning about IBD in the “IBD & Me Activity Book”. There is even a game to play with friends! 

Older students heading back to college can find helpful information in “Managing IBD as a Young Adult” which addresses lifestyle issues as well as providing IBD facts. An additional helpful article is entitled “The Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with IBD in College”.  This population may also find the “Young Adults” forum on the CCFA Community Site helpful as well to speak with other fellow young adults with IBD!

Lastly, a resource for support and education for college age students is Our Campus Connection program. At this website college students will find tips for adjusting to their new environment, can learn how to  participate in local chapter events and how to volunteer and become an advocate for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) mission, as well as find and connect with other students through our interactive map. Campus Connection can be accessed through this link: http://www.ccfa.org/campus-connection/ . A few helpful links on the Campus Connection website are listed below.

• http://www.ccfa.org/campus-connection/college-life/preparing-for-college/ - “Preparing for College”
• http://www.ccfa.org/campus-connection/college-life/disability-support-services/ - “Disability Support Services”



For further information, call the Irwin M. and Suzanne R. Rosenthal IBD Resource Center (IBD Help Center): 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872).

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America provides information for educational purposes only. We encourage you to review this educational material with your health care professional. The Foundation does not provide medical or other health care opinions or services. The inclusion of another organization’s resources or referral to another organization does not represent an endorsement of a particular individual, group, company or product.

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Published: September 4, 2012