APH Hosts World Blind Union
November 12, 2008
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired, will host a meeting of 18 delegates of the North American/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union (WBU) on Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14, 2008. The WBU is a non-political, non-religious, non-governmental, non-profit organization representing over 160 million blind and partially sighted persons in 177 member countries. A regional meeting is held in the spring and fall of each year to address issues faced by blind people in the region.
"We are honored to host this internationally recognized organization that speaks on behalf of blind and partially sighted persons at the international level," says Dr. Tuck Tinsley, III, President of APH.
For more information about the American Printing House for the Blind call (502) 895-2405 or visit www.aph.org.
The World Blind Union doesn’t provide direct services, but rather brings together major organizations of blind persons and those providing services and programs to them from around the world. Central to WBU’s work is the prominence of organizations of blind persons in its work and the leadership of blind and partially sighted persons within the Union. Much of the work of the WBU is carried out by its six regions: Africa, Asia, East Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America/Caribbean. WBU’s vision is that "we live in a community where people who are blind or partially sighted can participate on an equal basis in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life." Its purpose and mission are stated as follows: "We are a worldwide movement of blind and partially sighted people acting on our own behalf to 1) eliminate prejudice, 2) promote belief in the proven abilities of blind and partially sighted people; and 3) achieve full participation and equality in society." The number of delegates from each country is based on population. The eighteen delegates of the NA/Caribbean Region include 10 from the United States, 4 from Canada, 2 from Haiti, and 2 from the Caribbean islands.
The American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.
APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible website (www.aph.org) features information about products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S. APH products can be ordered through Louis.
The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.