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Annual Report 2012: Introduction & Contents

October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012


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Steady Progress: In fiscal 2012, APH brought to market 19 distinct new or revised product families, including the visual tactile storybook Turtle and Rabbit.

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Mission Statement

The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.

Service Since 1858

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has served our nation’s blind and visually impaired citizens since before the Civil War. Founded in 1858, APH is the oldest company in the U.S. dedicated to creating products for blind people and is the largest organization of its kind in the world.

Extensive Range of Products

APH’s product lines uphold our mission and include a wide variety of unique educational and daily living items. A few examples of our hundreds of products include: braille and large print textbooks and tests; talking educational software; accessible technology devices; tactile graphics tools; and science and mathematics teaching kits.

In partnership with the field of blindness, the APH Department of Research supports the creation of a wide range of products by maintaining ongoing product research and development.

APH’s product offerings are detailed in our print catalog and our accessible online shopping site, which are organized into the core curriculum and the National Agenda’s expanded core curriculum instructional areas.

Specialty products such as audio books and braille restaurant menus are created by APH for commercial customers. In addition, APH makes custom-ordered materials on demand, such as braille and large print textbooks.

Unique Services Offered

Examples of the many services offered by APH include:

Mandate and Corporate Status

APH building Much of APH’s mandate is derived from the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind of 1879. This act designates APH as the official supplier of educational materials to all eligible blind students in the United States working at less than college level.

APH is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Responsibility for its administration rests with:

APH voluntarily complies with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 that sets the business standards for corporate governance and financial disclosure.

For additional information on APH and its full range of products and services that support products, please visit our informational website or our shopping site.

Table of Contents, Fiscal Year 2012

Corporate Section

Administration of the Federal Appropriation Section

Development Section

Financial Section

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