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United Nations Convention Website: As we move from a draft text to a new International Human Rights Treaty that must be signed and ratified by enough countries to enter into force, Disabled Peoples' International has created a new website to provide persons with disabilities with the information they need in order to take part. For individuals interested in the future of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, please visit: www.icrpd.net (opens in a new window)

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living Seek Your Story: Over the next 7 months there will be various activities posted on www.endexclusion.ca (opens in a new window) in an effort to showcase the lives and accomplishments of Canadians with disabilities, build broad-based public and political momentum and ultimately mobilize and expand collaboration within the disability community. This work will culminate with a November 2 event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. You can send along your submission, preferably not to exceed 750 words, to: endexclusion@mts.net

CAB Report: Published September 16, 2005, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' final report, The Presence, Portrayal and Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Television Programming, makes recommendations based on research on how the industry can help to remove the barriers challenging people with disabilities, in society and in television programming. Visit: http://www.cab-acr.ca/english/research/05/sub_sep1605.htm (opens in a new window)

Unmet Needs: "An Unequal Playing Field: Report on the Needs of People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired Living in Canada", a study conducted by the CNIB, outlines the unmet needs of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. To read the report, visit: http://www.cnib.ca/eng/media-centre/stories/needs-report/needs-report.htm (opens in a new window)

Book for Parents and Teachers: Making It Work by Carol Castellano is a complete how-to guide for the successful inclusion of a blind or vision-impaired student in the regular classroom. 227 pages; $25 (U.S.) plus shipping and handling. The book is available from Information Age Publishing: (203) 661-7602,www.infoagepub.com (opens in a new window); National Center for the Blind: (410) 659-9314, opt. 4, www.nfb.org (opens in a new window); Parents of Blind Children NJ: (973) 377-0976, www.blindchildren.org (opens in a new window).

Blindness in the Workplace: For information on what an employer needs to know to provide an inclusive workplace for staff with vision impairments, visit: http://www.equalopportunity.on.ca/item.asp?i=26254&l=e&m=g (opens in a new window)

Professionals with Disabilities: A grassroots organization dedicated to addressing the needs of professionals with disabilities is spreading out across Canada from Victoria. For more information, visit: http://www.canadianprofessionals.org (opens in a new window)

Assistive Technology Guide: The AccessWorld Guide to Assistive Technology Products, published by the American Foundation for the Blind Press, profiles over 200 products. Available in print and on ASCII disk, the guide is $24.95 (U.S.). For further information, visit: http://www.afb.org/store (opens in a new window)

Accessible Voting: For recommendations to improve the usability and accessibility of voting products and systems, visit: http://www.equalopportunity.on.ca/item.asp?i=26150&l=e&m=g (opens in a new window)

Government Service Directory: A new online directory for Federal Government services for people with disabilities can be accessed at: http://www.pwd-online.ca/pwdcontent.jsp?&lang=en&contentid=28 (opens in a new window)

Diabetes Statistics: On October 26, 2005, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their latest diabetes statistics. The new numbers are found in a nine-page document titled: National Diabetes Fact Sheet "2005". This can be read online at www.cdc.gov/diabetes (opens in a new window) or downloaded free of charge in PDF format. Contact: CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, Office of Communication; Phone: (770) 488-5131.

MS Publication: MSFocus, the magazine of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, is now available on CD for individuals with impaired vision and other disabilities caused by MS. To obtain an audio subscription, call 1-888-673-6287 or visit: www.msfocus.org (opens in a new window)

Braille Bookstore: Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Philadelphia has opened an online braille bookstore. It currently includes more than 100 titles from the classics to present-day popular fiction. Most books cost $15 to $35 (U.S.). Visit: www.asb.org/bookstore.htm (opens in a new window)

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