US Colleges seem to 'get' gluten free (with a little help from the US Dept of Justice)
An interesting development in the US, following a Federal Civil Rights investigation, a college was ordered to 'continually provide gluten free food' to its students and also pay compensation for their failure to provide this previously! This certainly looks like a glimpse into the future..
You can read what's on offer in the colleges now on this link:
We found this especially interesting as, although one of the team was past University age when diagnosed with CD, we've often thought about the difficulties trying to throw yourself fully into Uni life while constantly having to think about food. The tempation to slip off the diet rather than bring attention yourself must be strong. Living on baked beans seems more likely to be a fact than a perception of student life for Coeliac students.
Interestingly when www.coeliacinthecity.com/ posted on their Facebook pages, asking for new or current students to relay their experience of Coeliac living at their current university, and asked did they have the option of gluten free foods in the halls dining rooms etc, the response was very limited. There didn't seem to be the expectation that an educational establishment should or would cater for Coeliacs.
Although it has been the case that many people are diagnosed later in life this does seem to be changing. Perhaps with earlier diagnosis there will be a influx of Coeliac students and a turn around for UK Universities and they will start making provision for an medically essential diet.
Or maybe some universities are currently offering gluten free foods but not publicising it.
(On our recent visit to a university town we asked a couple of student friends whether they had found gluten free foods being offered but there was a resounding no).