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Monday, July 27, 2009

Accessible Diabetes Reference Materials

Serving Individuals with Diabetes who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Resource Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

"Serving Individuals with Diabetes Who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Resource Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors" is a work produced by The National Federation of the Blind, in collaboration with The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University. This guide is very thorough in coverage of all aspects of diabetes care and is also available in Spanish. This and other publications are available for ordering online from the Center's website.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
Mississippi State University
P.O. Drawer 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-2001
Fax: 662-325-8989


by Gail B. Stewart

Discusses the history, nature, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of diabetes. Emphasizes proper medication and a healthy diet. (Grades 5-8+)

Catalog Number: T-N1374-60

Click this link to purchase the book Diabetes.

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Book On Diabetes in Braille

By Carl Augusto

For people who read braille, and just found out they have diabetes, there's a new book you should know about called My Pocket Doctor Diabetic Reference Guide and Journal. According to the information we received, the book is "bound to answer any questions that a newly diagnosed diabetic would ask." With diabetes on the rise, there are a lot of people looking for good resources on blood glucose testing, insulin facts, medications, diet and exercise, etc. Though we haven't yet seen a copy, it sounds like it could be a very useful book.

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Pocket Doctor on CD

This CD is a helpful tool for educating the "newbie". It's an expanded adaptation of the book for information on disease terms with easy to understand descriptions. Information on blood glucose testing, insulin facts, pills, new medications, dining out, illness complications, as well as such other important topics such as traveling, leisure and exercise, and smoking and alcohol are also included. The ABC'S of diabetes, a diabetes food plan, resources by phone and web, and so much more. Running time is one hour.

It's upbeat, and talks to you as in a conversation with musical dividing lines. Sylvia Hernandez, RD, CDE sounds like the diabetes educator you wished you had. Any newly diagnosed diabetic that's just been informed that they have diabetes should be listening to it.

See, and listen to an online audio sampler at

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