We are Chapter #76 of the CSA, the international organization for those diagnosed with Celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Our parent organization is the Celiac Support Association. The organization was founded in 1985 as the Celiac Sprue Association. In January 2014, CSA changed its name to the Celiac Support Association — “because that is what we do”. Our chapter provides support and information for patients (and families) diagnosed with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity—helping them adjust to a gluten-free diet while providing a meeting forum to discuss dietary and medical topics and exchange information.
CSA Chapter # 76 History
Victoria (Tori) Ross, Heschel Graves, M.D., and Laura Sessums, a resident at Vanderbilt, founded our local CSA Chapter #76 in 1992. Since that time, our group has provided many programs for our members and the public including presentations by Dr. Mark Houston, Dr. Tom O’Bryan (twice), several dieticians, Janet Lowery’s baking demonstrations, and many other informative presentations for living gluten-free. We even sponsored a fundraising walk, The Boot Scootin’ Against Gluten. Our members suggest programs and our leaders continue to seek speakers and topics of interest.
Celiac Support Association (CSA) National Membership
Our members may also want to join the Celiac Support Association (CSA), the national organization, to have access to the latest in research and articles about current issues such as food labeling of gluten-free products. Electronic Membership is just $30 a year and can be discounted further if you purchase a longer term of membership. Seniors (age 65 and older) can get an electronic membership for just $20 and student memberships are available for just $15.
The CSA website includes a Gluten-Free Resource Directory that features new gluten-free products as well as a gluten-free recipe collection. There are current articles in addition to descriptions of gluten-induced conditions, their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. CSA provides Dining Cards that you can carry with you to hand to the server to take back to the kitchen staff to explain the important information needed for preparing a gluten-free meal.