Get the "Spirit" at Annual Meeting 2014 (October 16-18)!


Spirit of Peoria

Registration will be available onsite. Please register and pick up your packet at the APH Help Desk on second floor upon arrival. Your program, meal ticket, name badge, and riverboat bracelet will be included.

Here’s our Tentative Agenda!

Mark your calendars (and Mark your Twains!) for Annual Meeting 2014, which will kick off with an excursion down the Ohio River on an historic river boat! On the evening of Thursday, October 16, Annual Meeting will begin on the Spirit of Peoria, a stern-wheeler riverboat that is visiting Louisville as a part of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats. This festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Belle of Louisville and features 10+ riverboats along the Louisville waterfront!

Annual Meeting participants will enjoy a two-hour cruise (during which the Peoria will race the Belle of Louisville!), heavy hors d’oeuvres, an opening session with a welcome from APH President Tuck Tinsley, award presentations, and an historical presentation.

The cruise will set the tone for this 146th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests. This critical meeting will include an inspiring keynote address by Smith-Kettlewell Associate Scientist Dr. Josh Miele, product input sessions where APH listens to your ideas, product training sessions, informative general sessions, and the APH InSights Art/Hall of Fame awards banquet.

For more information about the meeting, contact Janie Blome, Director of Field Services, email hidden; JavaScript is required. So get the "Spirit" and roll on the river with us at Annual Meeting 2014! Additional details will soon be available on the website.

Announcing Josh Miele, Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

We are excited and honored to announce that Dr. Josh Miele will be the 2014 Annual Meeting keynote speaker! Josh has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in psychoacoustics from the University of California, Berkeley. Early in his career, Josh, himself blinded as a child, developed software to help blind people navigate graphics-based computer programs. He developed software for the Mars Observer spacecraft for NASA. Currently, Josh is an Associate Scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center. At Smith-Kettlewell, Josh conducts research in the areas of tactile maps and auditory displays.

Josh helped develop tactile/braille/audio maps of San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system. His latest project is a cloud-based software program, the Descriptive Video Exchange, that lets volunteers narrate videos or movies to create crowd-sourced descriptive video.

Please join us to hear Josh weave a fascinating story that incorporates many of his contributions to science and technology, as well as his dreams for the next improvements of the lives of blind people. You will be inspired as you get a boost from his infectious optimism!

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