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Resource Roundup

Note: Resources mentioned below do not imply endorsement by the Diabetes Action Network of the NFB.

The following are insulin pump companies. Check the company Web site or call for information, resources and possible support groups.
Animas Corporation
(manufacturer of the IR-2020 Insulin Pump)
(877) 937-7867

Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc.
(manufacturer of the Accu-Chek Spirit Insulin Pump)
(800) 280-7801

(manufacturer of the OmniPod Insulin Pump)
(800) 591-3455

Medtronic/MiniMed, Inc.
(manufacturers of the 522 and 722 Insulin Pumps)
(800) 440-7867

Smiths Medical
(manufacturer of the Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump)
(800) 426-2448

The National Kidney Foundation can assist diabetics
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) publishes a variety of informational materials about diabetes and chronic kidney disease. The NKF also provides resources and support for those undergoing dialysis or kidney transplants. The NKF seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information, call the NKF at (800) 622-9010, or go to

Bilingual Talking Glucose Meter
The Prodigy Autocode delivers clear, audible readings in both English and Spanish, is affordable and fits in your pocket. No coding is necessary and you’ll have results in six seconds. You may be eligible for a free meter! Call toll free: (866) 540-4815.

Talking microwave
Bravo to Hamilton Beach for their Talking Microwave (Product # 87106 and #87108). This machine is available at retail stores such as Walmart and Best Buy for under $100, a remarkable achievement considering that most of its predecessor talking microwaves averaged well over $300.

Amazing new reading device that talks
The new Kurzweil–National Federation of the Blind Reader is a portable hand-held device that talks! Simply position over documents, nutritional labels, book pages, recipes, etc. and the tool will read the contents aloud. The retail price of this revolutionary new product is $3,495 but for a limited time the NFB is offering a $200 discount. A new feature enables the reader to identify paper money. For more information or to order, call (877) 708-1724 or go to

Accessible Glucose Meter
The new Advocate is compact, it talks, and its display is clear and bright. The meter uses capillary action, touchable test strips and tests across a 20mg/di range, with a tiny blood sample. Contact the retailer: Diabetic Support Program, 3381 Fairlane Farms Road, Wellington, FL 33414; telephone: (800) 990-9826;

A wealth of information at one site is a new online clearinghouse for promising initiatives in diabetes care, prevention and management in the U.S. Whether it’s a small community-based initiative, university-sponsored effort, corporate wellness program or large government project, visit the Web site to learn more.

Help for Diabetic Amputees
The mission of The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is to reach out to people with limb loss and to empower them through education, support and advocacy. This includes access to, and delivery of, information, quality care, appropriate devices, reimbursement, and the services required to lead fulfilling lives. The ACA publishes InMotion, a magazine that addresses topics of interest to amputees and their families. The ACA toll-free hotline provides answers and resources for people who have experienced the loss of a limb. In addition, the organization develops and distributes booklets, video tapes, and fact sheets to enhance the knowledge and coping skills of people affected by amputation. To contact the ACA, call (888) AMP-KNOW (888-267-5669), or check out the Web site at

Talking health-monitoring devices
You can buy a number of useful medical tools, such as the Lo-Dose Count-A-Dose tactile insulin syringe-filling tool, a talking blood pressure cuff, a talking digital thermometer, and a talking prescription bottle reader. Prices are reasonable, and in some cases the lowest anywhere. Enhance your independence and health! Contact the NFB’s Independence Market at telephone: (410) 659-9314 (select option 4 from the voice menu); Web site:

Low Vision Tools
The NFB Independence Market has many useful assistance aids for low vision individuals. If you need assorted magnifiers, low-vision felt-tip pens or large-print items such as address books, calendars or check registers, you will find them among the useful items in the market. Contact the NFB’s Independence Market at telephone: (410) 659-9314 (select option 4 from the voice menu); Web site:
“Diabetes is a disease that perhaps more than any other depends much more on the patient than on the doctor.” So begins the Web site of David Mendosa, a freelance writer who has written hundreds of articles about diabetes and everything related to it, and is diabetic himself. There are links to all of his writings, plus resources that he has found by scouring the Web for a wealth of diabetes information.

Full Service Diabetes Supplier
Access Diabetic Supply promises free glucose monitors, delivery, and in-home training in the use of blood glucose testing devices. Your private insurance is welcome, and they accept Medicare, too. Check them out online: or call: (800) 285-1430.

Read the Paper by PHONE with NFB-NEWSLINE®
NFB-NEWSLINE® makes daily newspapers and magazines accessible by phone. Users listen to the news via synthesized voice. No computer is needed and it is FREE! New feature: national television listings! To subscribe contact: NFB-NEWSLINE®, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone: (866) 504-7300.

Diabetes Supplies
American Diabetic Supply, Inc., will ship your diabetes supplies to your door. They handle all insurance claims and provide free delivery. Those with Medicare and/or private insurance (no HMOs) may receive supplies at no further cost. For information, contact: American Diabetic Supply, Inc., telephone: (800) 453-9033, ext. 611; Web site:

Flying With Insulin or Supplies?
Terrorist activity has caused the United States Transportation Safety Authority, the TSA, to limit carry-ons. What about insulin, glucose tablets, and other diabetic supplies? Passengers may bring insulin on board as long as the prescription label matches the name of the traveler. For more details go to:

NOTE: also contains useful advice for diabetic travelers, for example, how to manage time zone changes.

Free Diabetes Identification Necklace!

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) is an organization whose stated mission is “to help find the cure for diabetes and until that goal is achieved, to provide the care needed to combat the detrimental and life-threatening complications of this terrible disease.” The Foundation offers a wealth of free information covering all aspects of diabetes, which you can order from or by calling the diabetes helpline at 1-800-941-4635.

DRWF is offering free identification necklaces for any diabetic who contacts the Foundation. This identification is key when you are unable to speak for yourself in an emergency, and reads: “I Have Diabetes, Please Test My Blood Before Treating Me.”

To order, mail your self-addressed, stamped ($0.41) request including your name and address to the address below OR order online and be charged a $2.95 shipping & handling fee.

FREE Diabetes Necklace
5151 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 420
Washington, DC 20016

If you are a health care professional and would like to receive a supply of necklaces for distribution to patients please call us at 202-298-9211 or e-mail us at to discuss your requirement.