American Printing House for the Blind Announces

Holiday Hours for Museum and Plant Tours

December 12, 2008

Are you looking for a great place for friends and family to visit on one of those cold winter days when the children are home from school? Take them to the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, where they can write their names in braille, see the book of Psalms from Helen Keller’s Bible, play a computer game designed for children who are blind, and enjoy other hands-on activities in this award-winning museum. Visitors may also tour the factory to see first-hand how braille and Talking Books are made. Admission is free.

The American Printing House for the Blind and its museum will observe the following schedule during the upcoming holidays.

Plant tours will be given at 10:00am and 2:00pm on the following days:

APH will be closed on the following dates:

Except as listed above, the museum will be open, as usual, 8:30am-4:30pm, weekdays, and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm.

End the holidays with the American Printing House for the Blind on Saturday, January 3, 2009 when there will be a special and spectacular event: the celebration of Louis Braille’s 200th anniversary. Join us from noon to 3:00pm that day for an afternoon of French food and music, and to learn more about the braille system. For more information call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.

About the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind:

The Museum, where visitors experience hands-on history, is open Monday through Saturday. It is located on the second floor of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. More information at www.aph.org/museum or call (502) 895-2405, ext. 365, weekdays.

ABOUT APH:

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 web site (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.

CONTACTS:

Roberta Williams, (502) 899-2357, email hidden; JavaScript is required
Ali Shaw, (502) 262-8580, email hidden; JavaScript is required
Jennifer Montgomery, (502) 418-6819, email hidden; JavaScript is required

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