Responses to the Report of the Educational Services Advisory Committee to the Ex Officio Trustees of the American Printing House for the Blind for Fiscal Year 2002

The Committee recommends that APH:

1. Develop a promotional materials packet for Ex Officio Trustees. This packet should include display banners and panels, brochures in print and electronic format, and a video catalog on CD or DVD.

Status: Under Consideration

Brief Clarification: Due to current staffing limitations, this item is on hold at this time.

Contact: Scott Blome

2. Expand the function of the ESAC through quarterly conference calls. Conference calls should be between meetings to increase dialogue and capture committee feedback on important issues.

Status: Under Consideration

Brief Clarification: Quarterly conference calls with committee members will be scheduled following the May 2003 meeting.

Contact: Janie Humphries

3. Modify the APH Federal Quota Census to facilitate the inclusion of additional students with cortical visual impairment (CVI).

Status: Implemented

Brief Clarification: After discussing the recommendation and potential wording with Dr. Christine Roman, ESAC, and other Trustees, the FQ census was modified to include a new category for the 2003 registration: Functions at the Definition of Blindness (FDB) indicating blindness due to brain injury or dysfunction. A student whose visual performance is reduced by a brain injury or dysfunction may be considered blind for educational purposes when visual function meets the definition of blindness as determined by an eye care specialist or neurologist. Students in the category manifest unique visual characteristics often found in conditions referred to as neurological, cortical, or cerebral visual impairment.

Contact: Bob Brasher

4. Track, analyze, and disseminate information on legislation that may impact APH products or services.

Status: Implementation in Progress

Brief Clarification: The piece of legislation having the greatest impact on APH products and services is the annual federal appropriation that APH receives through the Department of Education. Staff in the Public Affairs Department monitors developments related to the appropriation, and reports significant changes to trustees each month via APH News.

Public Affairs staff also works on Capitol Hill to ensure that members of Congress understand the unique learning needs of blind students and the importance of the APH appropriation. APH is developing a program through which trustees will assist in this educational process by establishing stronger relationships with their Congressional members.

Contact: Gary Mudd

5. Continue to develop and define the role and responsibilities of the ESAC in terms of APH communications, oversight and leadership, new services, and product promotion.

Status: Implementation in Progress

Brief Clarification: The role of the committee will continue to evolve with the participation of committee members.

Contact: Bob Brasher

6. Leverage training activities to maximize impact by using distance learning and video recording strategies when possible.

Status: Implementation in Progress

Brief Clarification: We have been concentrating on diversifying the topics and geographic locations of National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) training events. As this project progresses we are now ready to consider the use of distance learning and video recording strategies for NIP events and other APH trainings.
In June Sandi Baker and Janie Humphries will present a two day ISAVE training for teachers in Alabama that will use video-conferencing capabilities to broadcast the training throughout the state.

We are currently exploring the possibility of partnering with other agencies to host and videotape a national symposium on the development and instruction of appropriate tactile graphics, with a future release of the video for training purposes.

Contact: Janie Humphries

7. Distribute APH organizational charts to all Ex Officio Trustees on a periodic basis.

Status: Implementation in Progress

Brief Clarification: An organizational chart depicting the area of Products and Services (including Advisory Services, ATIC, Communications, Resource Services, and Test Central) was developed and distributed to ESAC members.

Contact: Bob Brasher/Scott Blome

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