Celiac Support Groups On The Web

One of the most crucial support mechanisms for those who have to live with the gluten-free diet is contact with other celiacs. These people can help you learn where you can shop to find some of the obscure substances we cook with (e.g. xanthan gum, tapioca flour), restaurants that are celiac-friendly and have safe foods, as well as sometimes offering workshops, guest speakers, and annual food-related events like picnics and banquets where you can, for once, relax and enjoy a meal (relatively) worry-free.

This page is a (hopefully growing) page of links to celiac societies who have a web presence. If you find a society in your area, please do go to their meetings.

My only wish for the plethora of celiac societies out there (Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, Celiac Sprue Association of the USA, American Celiac Society, Celiac Disease Foundation) is that they would all join together into one big group. I believe they could accomplish a lot more under one name (even though I do realize a lot of issues would need to be resolved, ultimately presenting a solid front could only help).

Canadian Celiac Association (CCA)
This page has a lot of good information on celiac disease, as well as a comprehensive list of this chapter's events, and contact points for other areas.
CSA/USA Celiac Sprue Association of the United States of America
Basic information on the disease and the group. Also includes a print-out-able mail order form for their materials, including the *Highly Recommended* "Cooperative Gluten-Free Commercial Products Listing" which for a mere $8.00 will rapidly become your best friend at an American grocery store.
Celiac Disease Foundation
This group, headquartered in California, has basic information on celiac disease, the diet, diagnosis, and more.
Wichita Celiac Support Group
A CSA/USA group has its own page here.
St. John's Celiac/Coeliac, Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH), Wheat/Gluten-Free Email List
Look for information here on how to sign up for the Listserv's daily email list. There is a LOT of information on this list so prepare for a huge influx of email (even in the digest format, this list is daunting) but just remember you aren't obligated to read every word; skim for the information that most intrigues you.
Local Groups
The most comprehensive list of local celiac support groups can be found on this page, provided by the St. John's email list.
Associazione Italiana per la Celiachia
An Italian society (written in Italian).
The Finnish Celiac Society
Wish I knew what it said. :)
Austrian Celiac Society
More of the same.
Portugese Celiac Society
Nice gluten-free symbol and it looks like a lot of good information.
The Swedish Celiac Society
Has addresses to all of its branches, and more.
The United Kingdom Coeliac Society
Finally! One I can read! I hope I can order their gluten-free cookbook so that I can provide my kids with gluten-free British goodies, since my kids are 1/2 English.
 
If you'd like to have your site added to this page, please drop me an Email message and include your URL. I'll check it out, and include it during my next update.

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