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New Website on Health: For up-to-date and free health information and research, doctors, health care workers and patients can access a new Toronto-based site of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Reports, newsletters and summaries of current medical research, as well as an archive section, are available. Most items are free. Visit http://www.ices.on.caa and click on "publications" and "informed" for newsletter articles.

New NIH Site for Seniors: This website provides health information for seniors, and also provides screen magnification, colour contrast options and speech capabilities. Visit:

New NIH Website: A new website, from the National Institutes of Health, lists ingredients in more than four thousand household products, from shampoo to ant spray, and also gives possible health effects of more than two thousand ingredients. It lists specific chemicals in brand-name products, and provides links to manufacturers. Visit:

Talking Products: Talking Products Limited has invented talking labels to help those with low vision identify different objects of similar shape. "Talking Tins" come in the form of magnetic caps that sit atop steel tins. A short voice message can be recorded to identify the tins' contents, use and date. By using a special adapter, these labels can also be used for other household objects, such as bottles, sprays and plastic containers. Visit for more information.

Guide for Support Groups: This online guide, designed for support group leaders, consists of several "sessions" and provides information on such subjects as discussion topics, conversation starters and aspects of vision loss. Visit:

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Publication on Children: "Helping Children Who Are blind", by Sandy Neimann and Namita Jacob, launches the Early Assistance Series for parents, caregivers, teachers, health and rehabilitation workers. It is designed for those living or working with children in the first five years of life. Visit the Hesperian Foundation at for more information.

Updated Book on Adaptations: "Making Life More Livable: Simple Adaptations for Living at Home After Vision Loss", revised by Maureen A. Duffy, includes chapters on living independently with vision loss, principles for adapting one's environment (room by room), additional health conditions, and a resource guide. It dispels myths about vision loss. It is available for sale in large print from American Foundation for the Blind: phone: 1-800-232-3044; website:

Low Vision Resource Guide: This publication outlines major causes of eye disease, strategies and products for independent living, resources and organizations of interest. It can be downloaded free of charge from or a printed version ($5.00) is available by writing to: Low Vision Resource Guide, Telesensory, 520 Elmener Avenue, Sunvale CA 94085.

Guide for Caregivers: "Living With Vision Loss: A Guide for Caregivers" includes chapters on eye conditions, low vision aids, resources, facing change and adjusting to vision loss. Visit for more information.

Self-Defense Course: The Hadley School for the Blind offers a tuition-free, distance education course in safety and self-defense. Available in braille, large print and audiocassette, this course is specifically designed for people who are blind and vision-impaired. The course is comprised of nine lessons.

New Access Technology Course: The Hadley School also offers "Adaptive Technology: Beginnings", which provides information on selecting appropriate computer hardware, software and adaptive technology. This distance education course is suitable for blind and vision-impaired individuals, their families and teachers. It is available online, in braille, large print and on audiocassette.

For more information on these courses, contact Student Services: phone: 1-800-526-9909; email: studentservices@hadley-school.orgg; website:

User Evaluations of Adaptive Technology: This new, web-based forum, which is free and requires no commitment, allows users to confidentially post reviews and exchange information about adaptive technology experiences. Visit AT Connection at

New Report on Repetitive Strain Injuries: Rates of repetitive strain injury (RSI) are rising. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association has issued a list of tips to help prevent this condition. Visit for more information.

New Report on Healthy Workplaces: Prepared for Health Canada, this report explores the relationship between workplace health and productivity. Its conclusions?-Workplace wellness programs can yield cost savings and productivity payoffs; healthy workplace environments contribute to workers' well-being and economic performance; and healthy workplaces reduce overall public and private health care costs. To download a copy of the paper, "Healthy Workplaces and Productivity: A Discussion Paper", visit:

Publication On Online Forms: Mandoforms offers a free publication on creating accessible online or electronic forms. The "Accessibility Guide" attempts to promote good practice and raise awareness regarding people with disabilities and blindness. In partnership with RNIB, this publication is designed for organizations wishing to create user-friendly e-forms and accessible services. Visit for more information.