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Book on Art and Blindness: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Art Education for the Blind have co-published "Art Beyond Sight: A Resource Guide to Art, Creativity and Visual Impairment", a resource about exploring art and creativity. Available for $69.95 (U.S.) in paperback or on ASCII disk, copies can be purchased from AFB. Visit:

Early Literacy Materials: Perkins School for the Blind has launched the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program, a kit containing storybooks, activity guides and cassettes, resource guide, story box, plush panda with a backpack to hold a tape player and carry bags. All components are available as a kit or separately. For more information, call 800-972-7671 or 001-617-972-7667, email or visit:

Free Booklet: National Braille Press has published "Unified English Braille Code Perspectives", which presents views on the braille code change and its history. Canada is one of the countries to give the go-ahead for this code. For more information, visit:

Finding eBooks on the Internet: This recently revised book by Anna Dresner provides updated information on how to find electronic books on the internet. Available in alternative formats, it can be purchased from National Braille Press at:

Listen to Books on the Road: A Toronto online audio book rental service now offers the latest in fiction and non-fiction on CD. Your selections are mailed to you, and pre-paid return envelopes are provided. Three monthly fee rates are available. Contact SimplyAudioBooks at or call 1-877-554-4332.

TV Listings and DVS: Bell ExpressVu Satellite service has one of the best listings of which stations carry described shows and when they air. For more information, contact Brian J. Perdue, Program Manager, Global Television Network: email or call (416) 383-2430.

Radio Dramas: Visit the following sites for show samples and further information: Radio Repertory Company of America: Los Angeles Theater Works: One Act Players: Crazy Dog Audio Theater: and ZBS Productions:

Voice of the Nation's Blind: This is a new, online periodical from the NFB that presents articles, audio and video clips, and reader correspondence on a wide range of subjects of interest to persons who are blind. Its Articles section contains an interesting item on the inaccessibility of Ticketmaster's website, "Turned Away at the Virtual Box Office", which can be found at:

New Newsletter: Beyond the I is an online publication that provides news and information about blind persons in India. For further information, visit:

French Terminology Guide: The Ontario government's Accessibility Directorate has produced a French language terminology guide to assist people in using the appropriate terms with regard to disability. It is available in multiple formats on demand, as well as in pdf, html and text versions on the Directorate's website:

Directory for Disabled: The Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons released the 21st edition of its directory of services for disabled New Brunswickers. Sections cover provincial and federal government programs, as well as non-profit services. It is available in both official languages for free by calling the office of the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons toll-free at 1-800-442-4412 and is also available online at: />

Accessible Search Engine: Touted as the world's first truly accessible search engine for persons with disabilities, has earned the highest standard of accessibility offered by the Royal National Institute of the Blind and the World Wide Web Consortium. It was designed to aid those with sensory, fine motor and cognitive disabilities, as well as those whose first language is not English. Visit:

Web Access Forum: Accessify Forum is a discussion forum devoted to all topics relating to web accessibility. Topics cover everything from "Beginners" and "Site building and testing" through to projects such as the new accessibility testing tool WaiZilla and the accessibility of the open source forum software itself. Visit: