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Chemical Sensitivity (1C)

Chemical sensitivity is an adverse reaction to levels of a chemical that most people can tolerate.
In students with certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, epilepsy, migraines), low levels of certain chemicals can trigger an adverse physiological reaction. For example, bleach may trigger breathing problems in persons with asthma or other breathing disorders. Reactions to chemicals vary depending on the students' specific condition and can be life-threatening in some cases.

Formal Diagnostics

A physician's diagnosis and explanation of the impact of specific chemicals would be appropriate documentation.

Intake Questions

  • What chemicals cause difficulties for you?
  • What is your physical reaction to exposure to chemicals?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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