Diabetic Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired

This list not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
Support Groups and Information Sources
Useful Products and Devices

Support Groups and Information Sources

ACB Diabetics in Action

Dee Clayton, President
302 S. Hwy 5,Trailer 23
Pleasantville, IA 50225-9705
H: (515) 848-5007
C: (515) 872-1829

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Attn: National Call Center
1701 N. Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311-1733
Toll Free: 800-342-2383
National office refers callers to local affiliate for educational materials. Membership includes discount on publications and quarterly newsletter, Diabetes, Exchange Lists for Meal Planning. Exchange lists are available in large print.

Canadian Diabetes Association

National Life Building
1400-522 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2R5
Toll Free: 800-226-8464
Fax: 416-408-7117
The Canadian Diabetes Association can provide general information about diabetes and its management but cannot provide medical service or advice.

CAPCO Marketing

PO Box 1727
Cicero, NY 13039
Diabetic Gourmet Magazine
Food and dining, healthy living, free subscriptions, and more is available.
To send an e-mail, go to http://diabeticgourmet.com/Website_Related/Contact_Info/

"Diabetes for Dummies"

Dr. Alan L. Rubin
A very solid discussion about diabetes's causes, effects and how to live with it. It is quite up-to-date in its information. Available from Amazon.com in Kindle format. 


Healthline Networks, Inc.
660 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 281-3100
Fax: (415) 281-3199

This web site has more than 200 clinical, informational, and lifestyle articles that give a comprehensive overview of what diabetes is, the symptoms, how it’s treated, foods to avoid, and much more.

Joslin Diabetes Center

Affiliated with Harvard Medical School
What you need to know about diabetes

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Toll Free: 800-533- 2873
Fax: 212-785-9595
Their mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Send an e-mail to subscribe to the Research E-Newsletter, which includes the latest in Diabetes research. Magazine Publication - Countdown - contains a section called Countdown for Kids is available. Contact them for details.

Medscape Diabetes and Endocrinology

A source of articles about diabetes from the medical literature as well as access to the files of the National Library of Medicine.

National  Diabetes Education Program

One Diabetes Way
Bethesda, MD 20814-9692
To order NDEP publications by phone, call 1-888-693-6337
I Have Diabetes; Am I at Risk?; Health Care Professionals; Businesses & Schools, Partners & Communities Organizations; Publications ; Resources; Diabetes Facts

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)

1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
Toll Free: 800-860-8747
Fax: 703-738-4929
Printed versions of our publications are available through NIDDK's secure online ordering site: www.catalog.niddk.nih.gov. For information on participating in clinical studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, see www.clinicaltrials.gov. The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) has developed valuable tools and resources for consumers. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Reference Collection provides titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and health education resources. The NIDDK Image Library is a searchable database of original full-color and black-and-white images available in low, medium, and high resolutions. The Interactive Health Education Tools from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a collection of health quizzes, tutorials, Podcasts, streaming audio files, and surgical videos that can be used to learn about diseases, conditions, diagnostic procedures, and treatments. All of these resources are services of the NDIC and can be accessed online at www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/resources/index.htm.

National Eye Institute

Office of Communication
31 Center Drive, 31/6A32, MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
(301) 496-5248
Informational publications on diabetes are available free of charge at http://catalog.nei.nih.gov/

Ask NOAH about Diabetes

Information in both English and Spanish from the New York Public Library, New York Online Access to Health (NOAH).

Online Diabetes Resources by Rick Mendosa

Information about diabetes basics, food, exercise, medication, testing, and complications. Also contains the author’s blog and resources.
Park Nicollet International Diabetes Center
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416-2699
Toll-free: 888-825-6315
At Park Nicollet International Diabetes Center, their mission is to ensure that every person with diabetes or at risk for diabetes receives the best possible care. They are known throughout the world for their experience and expertise in patient education, professional training, research, and models for patient-centered care and quality improvement. Their focus is on translating new research findings into clinical practice and discovering innovative ways to use technology to improve diabetes care.

Schepens Eye Research Institute (ERI)

20 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114

They provide a number of publications and fact sheets which discuss causes, treatment, and research on visual complications of diabetes.

Vegetarian Resource Group

A site with information on exchanges and their equivalents, menus, and recipes for vegetarians with diabetes

Useful Products and Devices

Becton Dickinson Consumer Products

One Becton Drive
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Toll Free: 888-232-2737
Fax: 201-847-4856
Items include B-D Safe-Clip, which clips and stores more than a one- year supply of needles, and the Magniguide, which magnifies the syringe scale 1.5x.

CAPTEK/Science Products for the Blind

P.O. Box 888
Southeastern, PA 19399
Items include: Talking Digi-Voice Box for: Lifescan's New One Touch II Sphygmomanometer, Precision Food Scale and Sure Drop, a guide for blood samples.

CVS Pharmacy

Corporate Headquarters
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Toll Free: 800-746-7287
A diabetes control center for supplies. Items include Count-A-Dose, Digi Voice Box for: Lifescan's New One Touch II Sphygmomanometer, Large Display Thermometer and Precision Food scale.

Liberty Medical

8881 Liberty Lane
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Toll Free: 800-705-5797
Sells talking blood glucose monitors, continuous glucose monitoring system, diabetes test strips, control solution, lancet devices and supplies, and insulin pumps and supplies. As they do not provide catalogs, any purchases are made directly by phone or through their website.

Lighthouse International

111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022-1202
Toll Free: 800-829-0500
Fax: 212-821-9707
They sell items such as the "Magni-Guide" Magnifier and Needle Guide which magnifies the entire length of the syringe. They also have the Load- Matic which allows users to load syringes by touch alone and confirms dose setting with easy to feel dots. Catalogs are available upon request.

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
To order, call 1-800-522-6294 .
For information, call (631) 752-0521.
Fax: (631) 752-0689
TTY: (631) 752-0738
To send an e-mail, go to www.maxiaids.com/contactUs
Web site: www.maxiaids.com/store/default.asp

Maxi-Aids sells a variety of blood glucose monitors, testing supplies, insulin cases and coolers, control solution, socks for diabetics, syringe magnifiers, large print registers, Prodigy Count-a-dose, syringe supports, nail care sets, and much more.