American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes: The Ultimate Home Reference from the Diabetes Experts


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For the Visually Challenged

American Council of the Blind

2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650

Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: 202-467-5081

Toll-Free Phone: 800-424-8666


National information clearinghouse and legislative advocate that publishes a monthly magazine in Braille, large print, cassette, and computer disk versions.

American Foundation for the Blind

2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102

New York, NY 10121

Phone: 212-502-7600

Toll-Free Phone: 800-232-5463



Works to establish, develop, and provide services and programs that assist visually challenged people in achieving independence.

American Printing House for the Blind

1839 Frankfort Avenue

P.O. Box 6085

Louisville, KY 40206-0085

Phone: 502-895-2405

Toll-Free Phone: 800-223-1839



Deals with the publication of literature in all media (Braille, large type, recorded) and manufacture of educational aids. Newsletter provides information on new products.

Lighthouse International

111 E. 59th St

New York, NY 10022

Toll-Free Phone: 800-829-0500


A national health association dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment, and empowerment.

National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street

Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: 410-659-9314 


Membership organization providing information, networking, and resources. Some aids and appliances available through national headquarters. A division called the Diabetics Action Network provides resources for people with diabetes.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Library of Congress

1291 Taylor Street, NW

Washington, DC 20542

Phone: 202-707-5100

Toll-Free Phone: 888-657-7323



Free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)

20 Roszel Road

Princeton, NJ 08540 

Toll-Free Phone: 800-221-4792



Library for members with print disabilities. Provides educational materials in recorded and computerized form.

The Seeing Eye, Inc.

10 Washington Valley Road

Morristown, NJ 07963

Phone: 973-539-4425 



Offers guide-dog training and instruction on working with a guide dog.

For Amputees

American Amputee Foundation

P.O. Box 94227

North Little Rock, AR 72190

Phone: 501-835-9290



Offers peer counseling for new amputees and their families. Provides information and referral to vendors. Maintains a list of support groups throughout the United States. Publishes a newsletter.

National Amputation Foundation

40 Church Street

Malverne, NY 11565

Phone: 516-887-3600



Sponsor of Amp-to-Amp program, in which a new amputee is visited by an amputee who has resumed normal life. Provides information and educational materials.

For Finding Long-Term or Home Care

National Association for Home Care and Hospice

228 7th Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

Phone: 202-547-7424


Largest trade association representing home care agencies and hospices. Free information for consumers about how to choose a home care agency.

For Finding General Health and Doctor Information

American Board of Medical Specialties

222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1500

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-436-2600


Record of physicians certified by 24 medical specialty boards. Directories of certified physicians organized by city of medical practice and alphabetically by physician names are available in many libraries and online.

American Medical Association

515 N. State Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Toll-Free Phone: 800-621-8335


Help in finding a doctor and other resources for patients.

MedicAlert Foundation

2323 Colorado Avenue

Turlock, CA 95382

Toll-Free Phone: 888-633-4298


To order a medical ID bracelet.

For Finding Diabetes Educators and Dietitians

American Association of Diabetes Educators

200 W. Madison Street, Suite 800

Chicago, IL 60606

Toll-Free Phone: 800-338-3633



Referral to local diabetes educators and other patient resources.

American Dietetic Association

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000

Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone: 312-899-0040

Toll-Free Phone: 800-877-1600


Nutrition information, guidance, and referral to a registered dietitian.

For Finding Foot Professionals

American Board of Podiatric Surgery

445 Fillmore Street

San Francisco, CA 94117-3404

Phone: 415-553-7800



Referral to a local board-certified podiatrist.

Pedorthic Footwear Association

2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-367-1145

Toll-Free Phone: 800-673-8447


Find a local certified pedorthist (a person trained in fitting prescription footwear).

For Finding Mental Health Professionals

American Psychiatric Association

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825

Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: 703-907-7300

Toll-Free Phone: 888-357-7924


Websites: and

Referral to your state psychiatric association for referral to a local psychiatrist. provides mental health information.

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002-4242

Phone: 202-336-5500 

Toll-Free Phone: 800-374-2721


Referrals to local psychologists and other patient resources.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

750 First Street, NE, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20002-4241

Phone: 202-408-8600

Websites: and

Help finding a social worker in your area.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

112 S. Alfred Street

Alexandria, VA 22314-3061

Phone: 703-838-9808


Professional association of marriage and family therapists. Information on marriage and family therapists in your area.

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

1444 I Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-449-1099



Professional association of sexuality educators, counselors, and sex therapists. Information on finding a professional in your area and other patient resources.

For Finding Eye Doctors

American Academy of Ophthalmology

P.O. Box 7424

San Francisco, CA 94120-7424

Phone: 415-561-8500


General information about ophthalmology as well as help in locating an ophthalmologist.

American Optometric Association

243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63141

Toll-Free Phone: 800-365-2219


Help in finding an optometrist in your area.

For Heart and Other Organ Information

American Heart Association

7272 Greenville Avenue

Dallas, TX 75231

Toll-Free Phone: 800-242-8721


Information about cardiovascular disease and stroke for patients and caregivers.

The Neuropathy Association

60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 942

New York, NY 10165

Phone: 212-692-0662



For information about disorders that affect the peripheral nerves.

National Kidney Foundation

30 E. 33rd Street

New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-889-2210

Toll-Free Phone: 800-622-9010


For donor cards and information about kidney disease and transplants.

United Network for Organ Sharing

P.O. Box 2484

Richmond, VA 23218

Phone: 804-782-4800

Toll-Free Phone: 888-894-6361


For information about organ transplants and a list of organ transplant centers in the U.S.

American Chronic Pain Association 

P.O. Box 850

Rocklin, CA 95677

Toll-Free Phone: 800-533-3231



To learn more about chronic pain and how to deal with it.

For Travelers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Travelers’ Health 

1600 Clifton Road

Atlanta, GA 30333

Toll-Free Phone: 800-CDC-INFO



Provides health information for international travelers.

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

1623 Military Road, #279

Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Phone: 716-754-4883


Travel advice and membership directory of doctors in foreign countries who speak English and who received postgraduate training in a developed country.

International Diabetes Federation

Chausée de la Hulpe 166

B-1170 Brussels, Belgium

Phone: +32-2-5385511



An umbrella organization of over 200 diabetes associations throughout the world dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes.

For Physical Activity

American College of Sports Medicine

P.O. Box 1440

Indianapolis, IN 46206-1440

Phone: 317-637-9200


For information about health and fitness.

Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association

310 West Liberty, Suite 604

Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-581-0207

Toll-Free Phone: 800-898-4322


For people with diabetes and for health care professionals interested in exercise and fitness at all levels.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 560

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: 240-276-9567

Websites: and

For information about physical activity, exercise, fitness, and nutrition.

For Schools and Students

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210

Berkeley, CA 94703

Phone: 510-644-2555

Toll-Free Phone: 800-348-4232



Law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

1825 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202-884-8200

Toll-Free Phone: 800-695-0285



Provides information on disabilities in children, laws relating to children with disabilities, and effective educational practices.

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

1 Diabetes Way

Bethesda, MD 20814-9692

Toll-Free Phone: 888-693-6337


NDEP is a federal partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations. The NDEP school guide can be found at

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202

Phone: 202-453-6100

Toll-Free Phone: 800-421-3481



Contact the Office for Civil Rights to report any educational discrimination, request information on civil rights compliance programs, and get information on procedures for filing discrimination complaints.

United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202

Phone: 202-245-7468


The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ mission is to improve results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. It provides support to parents and individuals, school districts, and states in three areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation, and research.

For People Over 50

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

601 E Street, NW

Washington, DC 20049

Toll-Free Phone: 888-687-2277



Largest membership organization in the nation, offering services from prescription drug to insurance and other discounts.

National Council on the Aging

1901 L Street, NW, 4th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-479-1200


Advocacy group concerned with developing and implementing high standards of care and high quality of life for the elderly. Referral to local agencies concerned with the elderly.

For Equal Employment Information

American Bar Association

Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law

740 15th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-662-1570 

Toll-Free Phone: 800-285-2221



Provides information and technical assistance on all aspects of disability law.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.

3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210

Berkeley, CA 94703

Phone: 510-644-2555

Toll-Free Phone: 800-348-4232


Provides technical assistance and information to employers and individuals with disabilities on disability rights legislation and policies.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

131 M Street, NE

Washington, DC 20507

Phone: 202-663-4900

Toll-Free Phone: 800-669-4000 



The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

For Health Insurance Information

AARP Health

P.O. Box 1017

Mongomeryville, PA 18936

Customer Service: 800-444-6544

Service Line: 800-523-5800

Claims Line: 800-523-5880


The AARP provides comprehensive health care and insurance information. AARP also administers health insurance plans, including individual, group, student, Medicare supplemental, and short-term health insurance.

Medicare Hotline

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

7500 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, MD 21244-1850

Toll-Free Phone: 800-MEDICARE


For information and various publications about Medicare.

Social Security Administration

Office of Public Inquiries

Windsor Park Building

6401 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, MD 21235 

Toll-Free Phone: 800-772-1213


For information about Social Security.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

P.O. Box 2316

Route 1 and College Road East

Princeton, NJ 08543

Toll-Free Phone: 877-843-7953


An independent philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of Americans. The website has publications and research on health insurance coverage.

For More Information on Diabetes

American Diabetes Association (National Office)

1701 North Beauregard Street

Alexandria, VA 22311

Toll-Free Phone: 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)


ADA’s website has a wealth of information on diabetes, living with diabetes, and community events. Call ADA’s hotline to receive free pamphlets or subscribe to the monthly magazine Diabetes Forecast. Visit ADA’s online bookstore for the latest books on diabetes.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Office of Communications and Public Liaison


Building 31, Room 9A06

31 Center Drive, MSC 2560

Bethesda, MD 20892-2560

Phone: 301-496-3583


The NIDDK is an Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The website contains information for patients on diabetes care and research.

Diabetes Monitor


This in-depth website features information on medications and research and has a mentor section.

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