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-The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Report on Disability and Technology summarizes recommendations from experts on how the organization could assist its Member States in facilitating social inclusion of persons with disabilities through information and communication technologies (ICT). Read the Report at: http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=30877&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_S...

-The International Labour Organization's (ILO) "Decent Work for People with Disabilities: Count us in!" video is now accessible for persons with vision impairments. For the audio described version, visit: http://www.youtube.com/ilotv#p/u/12/pFlG__NxHaY

-The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) announces the completion of the comprehensive guidebook, Success in STEM: Studying and Pursuing a Science or Technology Career as a Post-Secondary Student With a Disability, available in print and CD versions. Call toll-free 1-877-670-1256 or email info@neads.ca. A web version, in a variety of formats, is also available on the NEADS website: http://www.neads.ca/en/about/projects/stem/

-"Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold" discusses various challenges and obstacles that children with disabilities face throughout their lives, and offers constructive ways to deal with frustrating situations and also techniques for building positive self-image. The hard-cover book includes a resource section of helpful websites and other publications for parents and caregivers. Search for ISBN 1-59298-320-9 on Amazon.com. It is also available through Bookshare.org.

-The Press Release Handbook for ACB Affiliates and Chapters covers all of the basics in writing and distributing effective press releases. Available in large print, braille, on IBM-compatible CD, as well as via download from the American Council of the Blind's web page, this publication is free of charge. Contact the ACB national office at 1-800-424-8666, email slovering@acb.org, or visit: http://www.acb.org/resources/prhdbk08.html

-The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has released "A Giant Leap and A Big Deal: Delivering on the Promise of Equal Access to Broadband for People with Disabilities," the second in a series of working papers being released in conjunction with the National Broadband Plan. Read the paper at http://www.broadband.gov/plan/broadband-working-reports-technical-papers... and a related blog post can be found at: http://blog.broadband.gov/?entryId=391546

-The Friends Community List is a new social network designed for persons who are blind and partially sighted, and is somewhat like Facebook. Sighted people can also join. Visit: http://www.tfcl.mixxt.com

-National Braille Press has several new publications: Social Networking and You: Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin for Blind Users (ASCII Text, braille, DAISY or e-braille, $12.00); Windows 7 and Vista Explained: A Guide for Blind and Partially Sighted Users (audio CD, braille, DAISY CD, e-braille or large print, $45.00); Internet Your Way to a New Job (braille or e-braille, $11.95); and Sites Unseen: Traveling the World without Sight (braille, DAISY, e-braille or print PDF, $19.95). For more information (all prices are in U.S. dollars), contact NBP at 1-800-548-7323 or visit: http://www.nbp.org

-For information on getting a Perkins Brailler serviced or repaired, send an email to: perkins@nexx-step.com

-Horizons for the Blind has launched http://www.directionsforme.org, a new internet-based service that makes consumer packaging information available in an accessible online format for people who are blind, partially sighted or otherwise have difficulty reading small print. Over 300,000 food, health, beauty and general merchandise products are included, listing preparation directions, nutrition facts, ingredients, allergy/drug interaction warnings etc.

-"Beginning Yoga for the Blind and Visually Impaired" is a 5-CD package, for $39.95 plus $3.95 (U.S.) shipping. For further details, visit: http://www.blindyoga.net

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