Hearing Impairment and Deafness Organizations


  • Agrawal Y, Platz EA, Niparko JK. Risk factors for hearing loss in US adults: data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2002. Otol Neurotol. 2009 Feb;30(2):139-45.
  • Bainbridge KE, Hoffman HJ, Cowie CC. Diabetes and hearing impairment in the United States: audiometric evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2004. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Jul 1;149(1):1-10. Epub 2008 Jun 16. 
  • Ciletti L, Flamme GA. Prevalence of hearing impairment by gender and audiometric configuration: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004) and the Keokuk County Rural Health Study (1994-1998). J Am Acad Audiol. 2008 Oct;19(9):672-85. 
  • Mitchell P, Gopinath B, McMahon CM, Rochtchina E, Wang JJ, Boyages SC, Leeder SR. Relationship of Type 2 diabetes to the prevalence, incidence and progression of age-related hearing loss. Diabet Med. 2009 May;26(5):483-8. 
  • Mitchell TV, Maslin MT. How vision matters for individuals with hearing loss. Int J Audiol. 2007 Sep;46(9):500-11. 
  • Pollard RQ, Dean RK, O'Hearn A, Haynes SL. Adapting health education material for deaf audiences. Rehabil Psychol. 2009 May;54(2):232-8. 
  • Pollard RQ, Barnett S. Health-related vocabulary knowledge among deaf adults. Rehabil Psychol. 2009 May;54(2):182-5. 
  • Scheier DB. Barriers to health care for people with hearing loss: a review of the literature. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 2009 Spring-Summer; 40 (1): 4-10.
  • Schoenborn CA, Heyman K. Health disparities among adults with hearing loss: United States 2000-2006. 2008.
  • Slaven A. Communication and the hearing-impaired patient. Nurs Stand. 2003 Dec 3-9;18(12):39-41. 
  • Sommer SK, Sommer NW. When your patient is hearing impaired. RN. 2002 Dec;65(12):28-32. 
  • Wallhagen MI, Pettengill E, Whiteside M. Sensory impairment in older adults: Part 1: Hearing loss. Am J Nurs. 2006 Oct;106(10):40-8.

Universal Design Organizations

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators, Williams A, Bartos B, Chynoweth M, Gerwitz A, Kleinbeck C, Lawson V, Shumaker S, & Sokol-McKay D, Disabilities Position Statement. The Diabetes Educator. 35(1):41-44, 2009.
  • Burgstahler, S. Universal design of instruction. The Faculty Room. University of Washington.
  • Connell BR et al. The principles of universal design. 1997
  • Mueller JL, Inc. Universal design of products.
  • Myers AR, Andresen EM. Enabling our instruments: accommodation, universal design, and access to participation in research. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2000 Dec (12 Suppl 2): S5-S9.
  • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Resources on Accessible/Universal Design Principles and Performance Measures. 2006. 
  • Rose DH, Meyer A. A Practical Reader for Universal Design in Learning. Cambridge MA: Harvard Education Press. 2006.
  • Ryan RE, Prictor MJ, McLaughlin KJ, Hill SJ. Audio-visual presentation of information for informed consent for participation in clinical trials. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Jan 23;(1):CD003717. Review. PubMed PMID: 18254029.
  • Villa RA, Thousand JS, eds. Creating an Inclusive School. 2nd edition. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 2005
  • Williams A. Universal design in diabetes care: an idea whose time has come. The Diabetes Educator. 2009; 35:45-57.
  • Williams A and Moore S. Universal Design of Research: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream biomedical studies. Science Translational Medicine 3(82): 82cm12. 2011.

Visual Impairment and Blindness Organizations

Links in the AFB site that may be helpful for researchers:

Links in the ACB site that may be helpful for researchers:

Links in the Cleveland Sight Center site that may be helpful for researchers:

Links in the NFB site that may be helpful for researchers:


  • Bartos BJ, Cleary ME, Kleinbeck C, Petzinger RA, Sokol-McKay DA, Whittington A, Williams AS. Diabetes and disabilities: assistive tools, services, and information. Diabetes Educ. 2008;34(4):597-8, 600, 603-5 passim.
  • Beverley CA, Bath PA, Booth A. Health information needs of visually impaired people: a systematic review of the literature. Health Soc Care Community. 2004 Jan;12(1):1-24. Review. PubMed PMID: 14675361.
  • Burton DM, Uslan MM, Blubaugh MV, Clements CW 3rd. Are current insulin pumps accessible to blind and visually impaired people? J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2009 May 1;3(3):613-8. PubMed PMID: 20144301; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2769864.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of visual impairment and selected eye diseases among persons aged > 50 years with and without diabetes --- United States 2002. 2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; 53(45):1069-72.
  • Marom L. Insulin pump access issues for visually impaired people with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2010 Jul;89(1):e13-5. Epub 2010 May 4. PubMed PMID: 20444517.
  • Rosenberg EA, Sperazza LC. The visually impaired patient. Am Fam Physician. 2008;77(10): 1431-6.
  • Ryskulova A, Turczyn K, Makuc DM, Cotch MF, Klein RJ, Janiszewski R Self-reported age-related eye diseases and visual impairment in the United States: results of the 2002 national health interview survey. Am J Public Health. 2008 Mar;98(3):454-61.
  • Sokol-Mckay D, Buskirk K, Whittaker P. Adaptive low vision and blindness techniques for blood glucose monitoring. Diabetes Educ. 2003;29(4):614-8, 620, 622 passim.
  • Uslan MM, Eghtesadi K, Burton D. Accessibility of blood glucose monitoring systems for blind and visually impaired people. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2003;5(3):439-48.
  • Whiteside MM, Wallhagen MI, Pettengill E. Sensory impairment in older adults: part 2: vision loss. Am J Nurs. 2006 Nov;106(11):52-61.
  • Williams AS. Making diabetes education accessible for people with visual impairment. Diabetes Educ. 2009;35(4):612-21.
  • Williams AS. A focus group study of accessibility and related psychosocial needs in diabetes education for people with visual impairment. Diabetes Educ. 2002;28(6); 999-1008.
  • Williams AS. Accessible diabetes education materials in low-vision format. Diabetes Educ. 1999;25(5):695-8, 700, 702 passim.
  • Wright LS. Training a patient with visual impairment on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. Nephrol Nurs J. 2005;32(6):675, 677.

Disabilities and Access to Health Care Publications

  • Branigan M, Stewart DE, Tardif GS, Veltman A. Perceptions of primary healthcare services among persons with physical disabilities – part 2: quality issues. MedGenMed. 2001 Apr 6;3(2):19.
  • Iezzoni L. Improving health care quality and safety for people with disabilities: an interview with Lisa Iezzoni. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2006 Jul;32(7):400-6, 357.
  • Iezzoni L.I., O'Day B.L.: More than Ramps. A Guide to Improving Health Care Quality and Access for People with Disabilities. New York City: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Kirschner KL, Breslin ML, Iezzoni L. Structural impairments that limit access to healthcare for patients with disabilities. JAMA. 2007 Mar 14;297(10):1121-5.
  • Kroll T, Jones GC, Kehn M, Neri MT. Barriers and strategies affecting the utilization of primary preventive services for people with physical disabilities: a qualitative inquiry. Health Soc Care Community. 2006 Jul;14(4):284-93.
  • Lawthers AG, Pransky GS, Peterson LE, Himmelstein JH. Rethinking quality in the context of persons with disability. Int J Qual Health Care. 2003 Aug;15(4):287-99.
  • Morrison EH, George V, Mosqueda L. Primary care for adults with physical disabilities: perceptions from consumer and provider focus groups. Fam Med. 2008 Oct;40(9):645-51.
  • National Council on Disability. The Current State of Health Care for People with Disabilities. Sept 2009. Washington DC: National Council on Disability.
  • Panko Reis J, Breslin ML, Iezzoni L, Kirschner KL. It Takes More than Ramps to Solve the Crisis in Healthcare for People with Disabilities. Chicago: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Sep 2004.
  • Veltman A, Stewart DE, Tardif GS, Branigan M. Perceptions of primary healthcare services among people with physical disabilities – part 1: access issues. MedGenMed. 2001 Apr 6;3(2):18.