“No need to be worried, you're in good hands. There are tons of celiac kids.”

– Olivia, age 7

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic autoimmune condition affecting the intestine when gluten is ingested. Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. When someone with CD eats gluten, the finger-like projections that line the walls of the small intestine known as villi become flattened and unable to absorb food and nutrients properly.

The treatment for CD is a strict gluten-free diet.

What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) experience symptoms that are similar to those with CD. However, there is minimal to no damage to intestinal villi. There is no test to diagnose NCGS. A diagnosis of NCGS can be made after CD and a wheat allergy have been ruled out.

The treatment for NCGS is a gluten-free diet.

What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a bumpy, itchy skin rash that is associated with celiac disease. In almost all cases, the small intestine of a person with DH is also damaged to some extent by exposure to gluten. DH is diagnosed via skin biopsy by a dermatologist.

The treatment for dermatitis herpetiformis is a strict gluten-free diet.

Educate – Advocate – Empower

How ROCK Can Help

With the growth of celiac disease diagnoses in children, it is clear that parents, kids and their families need a reliable educational program. Celiac disease is managed solely via a strict gluten-free diet, which can be extremely challenging in a world filled with foods containing gluten.

The ROCK program provides education and support along with age-appropriate educational tools and advocacy training. Some features of the ROCK program include:

  • Local support groups and meet-up events
  • Phone helpline available each weekday
  • A course for caregivers that explains celiac disease, the gluten-free diet and the gluten-free lifestyle in three easy steps (coming soon)
  • A teen blog about living gluten-free (coming soon)
  • Downloadable educational materials for families and clinicians
  • This educational website covering many relevant topics, including:

– how to manage at school, parties and holidays,
– finding gluten-free camps
– how to meet challenges specific to dating and attending college


Founded in 1991 by Danna Korn in San Diego, ROCK quickly grew to support many celiac families via local meet-up groups in communities across the nation. The National Celiac Association is proud to welcome the well-respected ROCK program to our advocacy organization.

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How You Can Help!

The National Celiac Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advocating for individuals with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivities, their families, and communities throughout the nation.

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