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Canadian Study on Deaf-Blindness: The Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind has released the results of the first national demographic study on deaf-blindness. This study's purpose was to document demographics, accessible services and resources, commentaries on the present condition and future direction re this disability. Visit:

Diabetes Guide: A new guide for seniors who have Type 2 diabetes, or want to avoid developing it, has been released by a group called Canadian Pensioners Concerned. For individuals or small groups, the guide is in large print and is free of technical jargon. Details are available at the CPC website at or by phone at 1-888-384-8884.

Preventing Falls: For Canadians 65 or older, falls in the home are the leading cause of injury. For tips on reducing the risk of falls on stairs, call the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) at 1-800-668-2642 and ask for a free copy of the About Your House fact sheet, "Preventing Falls on Stairs", or download a copy from CMHC's website at:

Courses from Hadley: The Hadley School for the Blind, which offers free, distance education courses in alternative formats, has recently developed the following courses: "Safety in the Home" explores ways you can protect yourself, your family and your home. It also covers emergency and disaster planning. It is offered in large print, braille, audiocassette and online to North Americans. "Learning Through Play" is available in large print and online, and explores the necessity of play and toys for a blind child's growth and development.

The Food Series, which consists of four mini-courses (Meat, Poultry and Fish; Eggs and Dairy Products; Fruits and Vegetables; Grains and Sweets), cover the selection, storage, serving and nutrient value of foods, as well as suggesting adaptive techniques and tips for food-related tasks. A fifth course, "A Social Perspective", describes how food enhances entertainment. These food courses may be taken separately or as part of the series and all are available in large print, braille and on audiocassette.

For more information or to order one of these courses, contact Student Services at (800) 526-9909, email or visit:

Cookbook: Blindskills, Inc., publisher of Dialogue Magazine, offers "Connie's Kitchen", a compilation of recipes and tips written by a former Dialogue columnist. The book is available in braille and large print for $20 (U.S.) per copy. For more information or to order, call 800-860-4224, email or visit:

Product Email List: A Canadian email list for buying/selling/trading products of interest to persons who are blind or vision-impaired has been created. To subscribe, visit or send an email with only the word "subscribe" in the message's body to:

Auction Site for Blindness Products: If you are looking to buy or sell either new or used blindness or low vision products, visit:

Consumer Review/Discussion Website: The VIP Consumer has launched a website offering consumer reviews and discussion from a vision-impaired perspective. Visit:

Software Reviews: For information on how well mainstream programs work with assistive technology, tips on making your favourite program work even better, or to write and submit your own review, visit the software review page at: