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Popular Entertainer to Perform at APH: Deaf/blind performer Jag Einhorn tells stories using American Sign Language

June 1, 2009

Louisville, KY--The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will host a free performance by Jag Einhorn on Saturday, June 20th from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event, as part of APH's "Bards and Storytellers" annual arts, folklore, and performance series, celebrates the historical traditions of entertainers with vision loss.

As part of the program, Doug Boyd, Director of the Oral History Program at the University of Kentucky, will engage in a discussion with Jag, so that the audience will not only have a chance to enjoy his talent, but will learn something about the personal events and forces that have shaped Jag's career.

Jag Einhorn is usher syndrome Type I (deaf/blind) and graduated from Gallaudet University in 2000 with a BA degree in Communication Studies. He grew up attending many different schools from kindergarten school to colleges, deaf schools with dorms, and commuter, private and public mainstream schools in many different cities. This popular deaf performance artist has been entertaining crowds around Florida, with his keen storytelling ability for several years. Audiences enjoy the wonderful way he uses his hands, face, and whole body to present stories, poems, and even dances in his expressive native language, American Sign Language (ASL).

This event is free to the public and presented in partnership with VSA-arts of Kentucky. Space is limited, so please make reservations by June 18th. Call (502) 899-2365, or e-mail mhudson@aph.org. Visit www.aph.org/musuem for more information.

About "Bards and Storytellers":

"Bards and Storytellers" is an ongoing series of presentations by entertainers who are blind. Historically, being an entertainer was one of the few routes to independence for a visually impaired person. This series presents contemporary performers who have chosen to follow this path, even though, today, because of better educational opportunities and a shifting of societal attitudes, their employment possibilities are considerably greater.

About APH and the Museum:

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, is the world's largest company 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 APH 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.

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