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Hello Yellow is a Canadian telephone directory service providing listings from the Yellow Pages that is currently available for Alberta and southern Ontario cities. Call 310-yelo or 310-9356.

The Jewish Guild for the Blind has published a new $4.00 (USD) booklet called The Sighted Guide Technique: How to Safely and Effectively Offer Help to a Blind or Visually Impaired Person. To order, call (800) 539-4845.

Enrichment Audio Resource Services offers free cassettes for people who are losing vision on topics such as eating without embarrassment, indoor mobility, managing medicine and grooming. To order, call (800) 843-6816.

The Hadley School for the Blind has several new/updated distance-education courses available tuition-free, including Blindness Basics, Diabetes: Toward Self-Management, Safety in the Home, Introduction to Braille, Basic Nemeth Code, Using Excel and Internet Basics. For details, call 1-800-526-9909 or visit: www.hadley.edu (opens in a new window)

VIP Games Zone offers three online educational games for blind children free of charge, including Typer, ABC and Numbers Stuff. All have built-in speech capabilities and the on-screen display enables sighted people to help children learn the games. Visit: www.vipgameszone.com (opens in a new window)

MathTrax is a free computer application from NASA that helps blind students to understand math. Its text descriptions and "audio graph" allow students to "see" and "hear" mathematical equations. To download or learn more, visit: http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/mathtrax (opens in a new window)

If you are a disabled parent or a parent of a child with disabilities, you can ask advice or share helpful tips in a new forum: http://disabledparents.proboards81.com (opens in a new window)

Dialogue: A World of Ideas for Visually Impaired People of All Ages is now published bi-monthly in large print, braille, 4-track cassette and email formats. Effective January 1, 2007, the annual subscription rate for all subscribers will increase to $42 (USD). Contact Blindskills Inc. at 1-800-860-4224, via email at info@blindskills.com or visit: www.blindskills.com (opens in a new window)

Woodworking for the Blind Inc. provides monthly CD recordings (MP3 file format) of articles and features from woodworking publications, as well as of full-length books from time to time. Contact: woodworkingfortheblind@comcast.net

The Blind Handyman List is for blind people who want to share ideas about projects around the home or yard. To join, send a blank message to: blindhandyman- subscribe@yahoogroups.com

The Blind Phones List is a discussion list concerning the accessibility of cell phone features and applications, but not geared to any particular product. To subscribe, send a blank email to: blindphones-subscribe@mosenexplosion.com

For information about accessibility issues regarding portable media players, such as Apple's iPod, consult a new online resource, Portable Media Player Portal: www.hartgen.org/portable.html (opens in a new window)

Anna Dresner has created a blog where she'll update information relevant to her books: "Braille.com and Beyond", "Finding eBooks on the Internet", and "The iPod Experience". Visit: http://nbpupdates.wordpress.com (opens in a new window)

A free screen reader called Thunder is available from a new non-profit community-interest company from Choice Technology. A computer running Windows 2000, XP or Vista, as well as speakers or headphones, is needed. Visit: www.screenreader.net (opens in a new window)

Accessible Search, from Google Research Labs, prioritizes search results according to web-page accessibility. In addition to standard search criteria, it ranks pages according to how much graphic content they contain and how easy they are to navigate using keystrokes only. Visit: http://labs.google.com/accessible (opens in a new window)

Jim Byrne, a pioneer in the field of accessible web design, has published a new book for web developers called 60 Hot to Touch Accessible Web Design Tips. To purchase, visit: www.lulu.com (opens in a new window)