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

Software for Managing Diabetes
For a comprehensive and up-to-date listing of all varieties of software for managing diabetes (both free and for sale) visit www.ChildrenWithDiabetes.com/d_06_150.htm. Another very useful site is www.Mendosa.com/Software.htm

Premier Walk-In Tub
Premier Walk-In Tub puts the smile back into bathing. If your bath has become a struggle, talk to us at Premier about our walk in tubs which remove the fear of slipping or falling with easy access. Optional hydrotherapy jets can soothe aches and pains and easy in and out bring the relaxation and pleasure back to bath time. Make a free call today to find out more: 1-800-578-2899 or write for a free brochure to: Premier Bathrooms Inc, 2330 South Nova Rd South Daytona, Florida 32119.

Portable Magnifier
The Senseview is a small, portable CCTV magnifier that makes it possible to see life’s fine details. At GW Micro, we believe in new technologies that make lives better. Our passion is developing new products and features that open up new possibilities for our customers. For more information or to find a dealer, call 260.489.3671 or visit www.gwmicro.com

Get the NEW Prodigy Voice Monitor FREE!
Homecare Supply of America accepts most insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. Right now, you can trade in your obsolete Accu-Check Advantage monitor and get the NEW Prodigy Voice at no charge, if you qualify. For more information call 1-800-333-1412.
Read the Paper by PHONE with NFB-NEWSLINE®

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: www.americandiabeticsupply.com.

Prodigy Meter
Prodigy® Voice makes monitoring your blood glucose level easier than ever. An essential tool for the visually impaired, the audio function is also perfect for all who prefer the spoken word to a digital display. Audio prompts guide you through each step of using your meter and testing your blood, and when the test is done you hear the results. For more information visit www.prodigymeter.com or call 800-366-5901.

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 www.kidney.org.

A Wealth of Information at One Site
DiabetesXChange.org 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.

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: www.nfb.org.


Ambassadors: Sharing the Voice in your town has just gotten easier

One of the most heartwarming aspects of working for the NFB Voice of the Diabetic is getting to know our incredibly dedicated volunteers. For nearly 25 years our loyal volunteers have been helping us achieve our mission to educate, empower and inspire people living with diabetes and its complications. Each quarter, more than six thousand of you take free copies of Voice of the Diabetic to the nooks and crannies of our fair nation. Advocates, diabetics and health care professionals everywhere find creative ways to share our message with those who need our help.

Now that the Voice has unveiled our new and improved look we are also preparing to roll out a brand new distribution strategy. To get the Voice into the hands of readers as quickly as possible, we are asking our volunteer distributors to help us get copies of the Voice sent directly to their end distribution points.

So, instead of receiving a large bundle at your home and delivering smaller quantities to your health center, your eye doctor, your foot doctor, your church and local senior center, we’re asking you to identify your contact people at each site so that we can ship their copies directly to them.

We’d love to have you look for new places to distribute the Voice and, periodically, we would need you to check in to the outlets you arrange, in person or by phone, to make sure they are getting their copies. We want to make sure everyone who needs the Voice gets the Voice in a timely fashion. At the same time, we want to make sure we continue to be good stewards with our limited resources by eliminating waste and improving service to Voice subscribers.

As a Voice of the Diabetic Ambassador, you can also help if people would like a personal copy delivered directly to their home or office. This way they do not have to worry about missing a single issue. Simply keep a few Voice of the Diabetic subscription forms with you or encourage people to sign up online at www.voiceofthediabetic.org. Remember that the Voice is available in print, audio cassette, email and MP3 versions.

Arranging for direct shipments:

1. Identify a contact person at the location.
2. Sign up the end point outlet using the form inside the Voice of the Diabetic or through the website, www.voiceofthediabetic.org.
3. Change the number of bulk copies you receive by emailing subscribe@diabetes.nfb.org. Include as much specific information from your mailing label as possible so that we can find your record in our database. This is especially true if the copies are being shipped to somebody’s attention at a business address. You can also call 1-888-581-4741 with the information, but please be specific and spell everything clearly.

To register as an Ambassador sign up online at www.voiceofthediabetic.org, use the form in the back of the magazine, or contact the Circulation Manager directly at 888-581-4741 or subscribe@diabetes.nfb.org.

Without all of our great volunteer distributors, Voice of the Diabetic would not be the wonderful magazine it is today. A big THANK YOU to all volunteers who have given many hours of dedicated service to help us get the word out about diabetes and the National Federation of the Blind.


Sponsor the Voice of the Diabetic Team in the Second Annual March for Independence – The Walk for Opportunity

The March for Independence is a 5K walk-a-thon and celebration demonstrating the independent spirit of the nation’s organized blind, their friends, family, and supporters, which will raise funds for the Imagination Fund. The Imagination Fund supports local and state outreach efforts for blind people in your community, and blind children, teens, youth, college students, adults, and seniors losing their vision through the programs and initiatives of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute.

The March for Independence will take place on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 amidst the 68th National Federation of the Blind annual convention in Dallas, Texas.

To sponsor our team, log on to www.marchforindependence.org , click on “Sponsor a Team” and select Voice of the Diabetic to make your pledge.

Thank you for your support!