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Canada's Common Drug Review has recommended provincial/territorial coverage of Lucentis, the only clinically proven treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration. Visit for more details.

For eligibility in Ontario, visit

"Fighting for Sight in the Developing World" outlines methods to prevent/treat avoidable blindness in developing countries, where most of the world's blind and partially sighted people live. The article also reports on ways to make these persons' lives easier. To read these international vision health initiatives, visit

"Bridging the Gap: Living with Blindness and Diabetes" focuses on non-visual methods of managing diabetes, and contains articles from Voice of the Diabetic ( and a resource section. It's free of charge. Contact National Federation of the Blind's Independence Market at (410) 659-9314, ext. 2216, or email

The Take-n-Slide contains adhesive strips with slide indicators to be placed on medication bottles. Slide indicators, with braille labels, move from left to right to indicate doses. Contact I-C Innovations Inc. at 678-494-2992 or visit

The MedCenter System contains 31 boxes with four pill compartments each. After you put a month's supply of pills in the boxes and open each day's box, the talking reminder/timer with four alarms and talking clock either beeps or says, "Please take your pills." Contact Independent Living Aids at 800-537-2118 or visit

The Intelligent First Aid "talking" kit combines supplies, visual instruction cards and an audio module for verbal guidance to manage the most common injuries. Phone DLH INC. at 888-388-4854, email, or visit

National Braille Press offers a variety of health-related books including: Simple Ways to Control Your Weight; For Men Facing Prostate Cancer; For Women Facing Breast Cancer; Menopause Guidebook; The Period Book; What's Going On Down There?; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amazing Sex; and Safe Without Sight. Contact NBP toll-free at 800-548-7323 or visit

The Hadley School for the Blind offers tuition-free, distance education courses in alternative formats. Health-related courses include: The Human Eye; Glaucoma; Macular Degeneration; Diabetes: Toward Self-Management; Self-Esteem and adjusting with Blindness; Self-Help Groups; Safety in the Home; and Personal Safety: Self-Defense Strategies. For more information or to enroll, contact Student Services at 800-526-9909 or

Blind, Friends, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (BFLAG) encourages the betterment of the lives of those who are vision-impaired and who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, through providing a forum to express views/concerns, providing information on relevant publications, and advocating for services. For more information, visit

"A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities" confronts the social stigma of disability and addresses the fact that inadequate care is a greater barrier to health than the disabilities themselves. Available in print for $20 (U.S.) or as a free download. Contact Hesperian Publishing for Community Health and Empowerment at (510) 845-1447 ext. 214, or visit

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