Updated 9/22

Deciding Where to Get Diabetes Education

Before you decide where to get diabetes education:
  • Ask your doctor if he or she knows of a diabetes educator or education program nearby.
  • Ask friends who have diabetes if they have received diabetes education they found useful.
  • Call major clinics or hospitals in your area to ask if they have a diabetes education program. Many do.
  • When you make an appointment to see a diabetes educator, tell the person who schedules the appointment that you have visual impairment. Ask ahead of time to receive all print materials that are normally given to sighted people in a format that is accessible to you.
The following websites have search features to help you find diabetes education programs or individual diabetes educators near you:

Additional Web Information on Diabetes

Diabetes and Vision Loss

Webinars on Diabetes and Vision Loss:

Diabetes and Vision Loss Spanish Materials

Accessible Books on Diabetes

  • The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) has both braille and recorded reading materials available free of charge to anyone who cannot read regular print because of visual, physical, or learning disabilities. Playback equipment is also provided on loan, free of charge. This program is available through a network of regional libraries for any resident of the United States who needs it. For more information about registering for the program, and about books available, visit http://www.loc.gov/nls/.
  • NFB Newsline is another useful service provided by this organization and is available to anyone who cannot read newspapers due to blindness or a physical disability. By calling the toll-free number, 866-504-7300, and making a selection using a touch-tone phone, a subscriber can hear the current contents of numerous newspapers and magazines.