Dr. Elton Moore, Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University was the keynote speaker, and spoke on "Meeting the Needs of Students in a Changing World."
Special guest speaker Dr. Jan van Dijk from the Sint-Michielsgestel Institute in the Netherlands, presented several sessions on "Child-Guided Strategies for Assessing Children who are Deafblind or have Multiple Disabilities."
We happily welcomed special guest Annette Reichman of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
The Woolly family accepts a plaque and certificate to commemorate J. Max Woolly's induction into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. Left to right: Jim Woolly, Mrs. J. Max (Kathlyn) Woolly, Bill Woolly.
Dawn Turco, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Hadley School for the Blind, holds William A. Hadley's certificate. Hadley was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Dr. Abraham Nemeth, another of the 2005 inductees into the Hall of Fame, entertained the audience with stories about his interest in and use of math, leading to the development of the Nemeth Code.
William H. "Bill" English was the fourth of the 2005 inductees into the Hall of Fame. Bill shows off his bas relief plaque as he poses with his good friends, Burt Boyer, Early Childhood Project Leader (left); and Will Evans, Products and Services Advisor.
We were pleased that Alice Raftary, a 2002 inductee into the Hall of Fame, was able to join us in welcoming the 2005 inductees.
Janie Blome, APH Director of Field Services, and Bob Brasher, APH Vice President of Advisory Services and Research, pose with Kathlyn Woolly. Kathlyn is the widow of J. Max Woolly, a 2005 inductee into the Hall of Fame of Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.
David DeNotaris, Ex Officio Trustee representing the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired examines APH's new Rib-It-Balls.
Dr. Jan van Dijk shares with National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI) fellows Holly Lawson and Eric Stricken.
Mary Nelle McLennan, Executive Advisor to the President, APH; Rick Welsh, Pittsburgh Vision Services (retired); Gary Mudd, Vice-President, Public Affairs.
APH's Johnny Zinninger, played for the Thursday night reception to honor keynote speaker Dr. Elton Moore.
The South Carolina group sits together at the Thursday night reception. Jeanie Farmer, Jill Ischinger, and Elizabeth McKown (EOT), all from the South Carolina School from the Blind; and Marty McKenzie, Ex Officio Trustee representing the South Carolina Department of Education.
Elaine Sveen, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Maryland School for the Blind; Bill Daugherty, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Kansas State School for the Blind; and Madeleine Burkindine, from the Kansas State School for the Blind.
Karen Ross, Carroll Center for the Blind, and Mary Ann Siller from the American Foundation for the Blind.
Bettye Barnes, Mary Robinson, Cary Crumpton of APH.
Cheryl Misialek, Ex Officio representing the North Dakota Vision Services and the North Dakota School for the Blind, was one of the new Ex Officio Trustees welcomed at the Orientation breakfast.
Carrie Brasier, from the Vision Resources Library in Massachusetts, checks out the new Sensory Learning Kit prototype at the Product Showcase.
Jennie Maschek and Yvonne Ali, both from the Missouri School for the Blind, know that the Product Showcase is a good place to see the latest APH products, see prototypes of soon-to-be-released products, and "try before you buy."
Brunhilde Merk-Adams, and Cindy Olmstead, Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund try out the new DRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing Board.
Tony Grantz, APH Business Development Manager, tells Jerry Baker, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Wyoming Services for the Visually Impaired, about some of APH's new products.
Nicole Gaines, APH Systems Librarian, was the co-leader along with Julia Myers, Director of Resource Services, of a Product Training Session giving advice and tips on how to search the Louis Database. The session emphasized searching for accessible textbooks and APH products.
Once again, APH offered scholarships so that direct providers could attend Annual Meeting for the first time. Five Scholars with their nominating trustees: Shelley Homsy, New York Institute for Special Education; Joe Catavero (EOT), New York Institute for Special Education; Jan Zollinger, Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind; Robin Swenson (EOT), Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind; Larry Brown (EOT), Oregon Department of Education; Cris Kostol, Cascade Regional Program; Donna See (EOT), West Virginia State Department of Education; Trina Britcher, Harrison County Board of Education; Jean Martin (EOT), Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Julie Kochevar, Anoka-Hennepin Learning Center.
Each year, APH sponsors APH InSights Art, an art competition and exhibition exclusively for blind or visually impaired artists. Kentucky School for the Blind's Justin Hedges, from LaGrange, Kentucky, was the second place winner in the Preschool/Kindergarten category for his sculpture of a turtle.
Juliana Trunfio, third place winner in the Preschool/ Kindergarten category, was another of the winners to attend a special Friday night banquet that honored the APH InSights award winners and the Hall of Fame inductees. Here Juliana is pictured with her mother, Catherine Trunfio.
Second Place winner in the craft category, Anita Perez poses with APH President Tuck Tinsley in front of her quilt Lily of the West.
Marc Vargas won first place in the grades 10-12 category with his oil painting, The Gifted.
Jessica Van Bruggen's family came to celebrate her achievement. Here, left to right, in front of her ink drawing Rain are: Cathy van Bruggen, mother; Jessica; Melba and Leonard Pippin, grandparents.
Third place sculpture winner Lauren Allen gets a hug from Tuck Tinsley. Lauren created a very realistic -- and mouth-watering -- Pancake Avalanche.