Listen, look, and learn

Aggraval arms herself with photos and facts to make food allergies relatable. Her son’s school had a policy of storing medications only in the office. To persuade the staff to keep her son’s asthma inhaler and epinephrine autoinjector in the classroom. Aggraval presented concrete scenarios-for example, what if he had an allergic reaction or began wheezing during an extended lockdown? She also showed photos of her son’s hives and swollen eyes after he accidentally touched mayonnaise. “That garnered empathy from teachers,” Aggarwal says. “They were like, ‘oh my God, that looks very scary.'”

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