NF Buddy Book in English or in Spanish 
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Understanding Neurofibromatosis 1 (includes video)


NF2 crew a group that chats online. This discussion group is for individuals with Neurofibromatosis Type 2, their spouses, significant others, and/or children

CapTel phone users can listen to the caller and can also read the written captions in the CapTel’s bright display window.

is a working advocacy group for the NF2 crew

NF2 and under 25 you can join this yahoo group by emailing:

Acoustic Neuroma Association is a patient member organization, providing information and support to persons diagnosed with or treated for acoustic neuroma and other benign tumors of the cranial nerves. The Acoustic Neuroma Association creates and publishes a quarterly newsletter, distributes patient information booklets, presents a biennial national symposium, provides access to a network of local support groups, and maintains this website for patient information and discussion. Visit their website for more information and support group meetings.

Community Resources ~ Families

Warmline Family Resource Center ~ Sacramento area (6 counties) 800-660-7995

Family Resource Network ~ San Joaquin Valley 209-472-3674

Support for Families ~ San Franscisco 415-282-7494

CARE Parent Network ~ Contra Costa County 800-281-3023

Matrix parent network and resource center ~ 800-578-2592

Parents Helping Parents ~ South Bay 408-727-5775

Bananas ~ East Bay 510-547-7322

ACPA ~ (American Chronic Pain Association) (800-533-3231) ACPA groups welcome anyone who is living with an ongoing pain problem. The goal of an ACPA group is to provide support, validation, and education in basic pain management and life skills. Groups are facilitated by the group members themselves and the success of the group is a shared responsibility. ACPA groups do not focus on symptoms or provide treatment of any kind. Rather they are a means for people to share what they have learned and to encourage others to create more satisfying lives. To see if there is a group closest to you click on this link:

Community Resources ~ Adults

CIL (Center for Independent Living) Berkely 510-841-4776

InfoLine ~ Sacramento area 916-498-1000

CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) 800-233-4050

NDLA (Non Verbal Learning Disorder Association) 860-570-0217

Learning Disability Association of California 866-532-6322

Ability Resource Center Walnut Creek 925-695-0409 Berkeley 510-595-5548

Insurance Resources

A Consumer’s Guide to Getting & Keeping Health Insurance

Children without Health Insurance

Cover the Uninsured “State Guides”

Persons with Total Disability; Senior Citizens

Low Income Individuals & Families; Persons with Disabilities

State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)

National Patient Advocate Foundation or 1-800-532-5274

National Org. of Social Security Claimants & Representatives

(Social Security Benefits Denied) or 1-800-431-2804

American Medical Consumer

Community Resources ~ Children

Early Start

If you think that your child or a child in your care is not developing like other children or has delays, California Early Start can help.

Evaluation services are available to all children who may be eligible for Early Start. Anyone can make a referral. The first step that parents can take is to discuss their concerns with their health care provider/doctor. You can also call the local regional center or school district to request an evaluation for the child. If the child has a visual impairment, hearing impairment, or severe orthopedic impairment, or any combination of these, contact the school district for evaluation and early intervention services. After contacting the regional center or local education agency, a service coordinator will be assigned to help the child's parents through the eligibility determination process. Parent-to-parent support and resource information is also available through Early Start Family Resource Centers.

With parent consent, the service coordinator will schedule an appointment for an evaluation of the child's motor skills, communication development, learning skills, social interaction, and emotional development. If the child is eligible for Early Start services, early intervention professionals will work with the family to develop a plan that addresses the child's needs, parent's concerns and the resources needed to support the child's development.

If you need additional information about accessing Early Start services call 800-515-BABY or e-mail them at

Regional Centers (ages under 3 years of age)
Regional Center
Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California to provide a local resource to help find and access the many services available to individuals and their families. A doctor doesn’t have to be the one to make this referral. You can call the office closest to you and ask for an evaluation. California has 21 regional centers with more than 40 offices located throughout the state that serve individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. To look up the Regional center closest to you

California Children’s Services (ages 0 –18)
CCS is a statewide program that treats children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. The program is funded with state, county and federal tax monies, along with some fees paid by parents.

Community Resources ~ School Information

CASE (Community Alliance for Special Education)

San Francisco 415-431-2285 Hayward 510-783-5333 South Bay 408-283-1535

PAI (Protection and Advocacy, Inc.) 800-776-5746

College Search and Guide Site

Fast WEB or 1-800-FASTWEB

Federal Student Aid Information 1-800-433-3243

Financial Aid Information Page

Free Online Scholarship Search

Scholarship Resource Network

The College Board

U.S. Department of Education Student Guide to Financial Aid

Community Resources ~ General Information

Neurofibromatosis, Inc.

University of Chicago

Harvard Medical School Center for NF

Massachusetts General Hospital

Washington University at St. Louis

National Library of Medicine Click on “PubMed”

Office of Rare Diseases

Social Security Benefits Denied 1-800-431-2804 to locate an attorney in your state

National Patient Advocate Foundation or 1-800-532-5274

“A Consumer’s Guide for Getting & Keeping Health Insurance”

Children Without Health Insurance or 202-338-7227 “Covering Kids”

Disability Etiquette Booklet by Judy Cohen

Bullying and the Young Child

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Assn of America 412-341-1515

Mercy Medical Airlift National Patient Travel Center 757-318-9174

Patient Travel or 800-296-1217


NF, Inc. California’s NF awareness DVD

Brian and Debbie Bell wanted to find a way to explain Neurofibromatosis to friends, potential sponsors, service groups and anyone else willing to listen. With help from friends they created a tool to do just that - a DVD that would explain to someone in just a few minutes what NF is. The DVD begins with Brian and Debbie’s personal story, then includes general information about Neurofibromatosis.

This project is the result of much generosity. NF, Inc. California would like to thank Vaca Valley Chiropractors, Dr. Sean D. Moffett and Dr. David J. Lamb, and the Shannon Gentile Travel Fund for the financial contributions and photos.

The final product was finished by Fruitful Productions and The DVD, which can be previewed on the homepage of our website at If you are interested in a copy of this DVD with a donation of $20.00 a copy can be mailed to you. Please contact the California office for more information 707-469-0467 or by sending an email to

Neurology Now 800-422-2681

This is a free subscription magazine to individuals with a neurological disorder and their caregivers and families.

Neurology Now, a bimonthly magazine for neurology patients, their families, and caregivers. Neurology Now brings expert advice about wellness and disease prevention, new medications and therapies, and strategies for coping with neurological disorders. Neurology Now provides balanced coverage of therapies based on the latest developments in laboratory research and clinical trials.

A Parent’s Guide 800-385-2263

A parent’s guide to the learning disabilities associated with Neurofibromatosis1. For information on purchasing this guide contact the BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation by calling 800-385-2263 or email

14 Stories 800-942-8476

This book is published by the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation. Contact them to purchase 14 stories a guide for patients and families living with Neurofibromatosis. This booklet was designed to be a starting place for new patients with neurofibromatosis and their families, educators, caregivers, as well as medical professionals. It includes information about neurofibromatosis, resources and 14 wonderful brave patient’s stories and how they’re dealing with NF.

Understanding Neurofibromatosis 800-942-6825

This book is an introduction to Neurofibromatosis for patients and parents. For additional copies contact: Illinois Neurofibromatosis, Inc. Serving the Midwest 630-932-8111

Hydrocephalus 888-598-3789

The Hydrocephalus Association provides support, education and advocacy for individuals, families and professionals. Their goal is to ensure that families and individuals dealing with the complex issues of hydrocephalus receive: Personal support, Comprehensive educational materials, Ongoing quality health care. They provided a wealth of services and resources to their members and non-members alike. They have a wonderful library of resources to name just a few….( About Hydrocephalus ~a book for families, A Teacher’s guide to hydrocephalus, Health-care transition guide for teens and young adults)

The Complete IEP Guide “How to advocate for your special Ed Child”

Nolo press publication by: Attorney Lawrence M. Siegel. It doesn’t matter if your are going to be attending your 1st or 10th IEP meeting. You will find this an book extremely helpful when preparing for your meeting.

Online Publications

American Academy of Pediatrics

Health Supervision for Children with Neurofibromatosis

NINDS Neurofibromatosis Information Page

NINDS Neurofibromatosis Fact Page