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These organizations offer a variety of programs, groups, and resources for people with asthma, their families, teachers, and health professionals. Availability of services varies throughout the country:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20814-0105

Written materials and programs for people with asthma, their families, teachers, and other school personnel.

AAFA/Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Suite 502
1125 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 466-7643 or 1-800-7ASTHMA

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for and educating the public about asthma and allergies. With over 150 support groups and chapters across the country, AAFA offers community workshops, a clearinghouse of practical information, and separate newsletters for patients, support group leaders, and teens with asthma.

Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.
Suite 150
2751 Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

The Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting allergy and asthma patients and their families. AAN/MA provides reliable and practical information, support, and resources to individuals with allergies and asthma that will make it easier to manage their conditions. Membership is $25 a year and includes a monthly newsletter and discounts on allergy/asthma products and resources.

American Lung Association (ALA)
61 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10006

The 800 phone number connects you directly with your local American Lung Association (ALA office). Local ALA chapters (phone number in you local telephone directory) feature "Open Airways for Schools," a comprehensive elementary school-based asthma program for children with asthma. One program can serve an entire school and can be used repeatedly. (To order the program, contact your local ALA or call 1-800-292-5542). Also available are educational materials, support groups, speakers, asthma camps and community-based programs for children with asthma, their families, school personnel and health care professionals.

Healthy Kids: The Key To Basics
Ellie Goldberg, M.Ed., Educational Rights Specialist
79 Elmore Street
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 965-9637

Written materials on the rights of students with asthma and other chronic conditions

Kids on the Block
9385-C Gerwig Lane
Columbia, MD 21046

Books, puppets, and videos which deal with childhood issues such as asthma, cerebral palsy, child abuse, and deafness. There are puppet troupes in locations throughout the country available for performances.

Books on Health and Asthma for Children

So You Have Asthma, Too, (book and video) Nancy Sander, Allergy and Asthma Network
A colorful story that will delight children as they learn more about asthma.

Thin Air, David Getz, Henry Holt Company [OUT OF PRINT JANUARY 1999]
Older elementary children can read this story about one boy's attempt to deal with his asthma.

Hometown Hero, Barbara Aiello and Jeffrey Shulman, Twenty-First Century Book [OUT OF PRINT JANUARY 1999]
Scott Whittaker, the Kids on the Block character, deals with his asthma, friendships, and growing up. The book has a question-and-answer section which provides asthma information in a useful format for children of all ages.

The Well Child Coloring Book, Mike Samuels, MD, Summit Books
Subtitle "A Child's Guided Tour Through the Body" this book does just that. With simple explanations and line drawings, the child learns about body systems.

Winning Over Asthma, Eileen Savage, Pedipress
This story of one child with asthma is a read aloud book for the younger elementary child.

I'm a Meter Reader, (book and video) Nancy Sander
A story that teaches children about peak flow meters.

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