APH Press Release

Louisville Museum Unveils New Permanent Exhibit – "Orientation and Mobility"

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, October 16th from 3:00-5:00pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 5, 2010) – The Museum at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will open a new permanent exhibit titled “Orientation and Mobility” with a public reception on Saturday, October 16th from 3:00pm-5:00pm. The exhibit celebrates advances over the last eighty years in O&M methods, including an original harness from Morris Frank and his dog Buddy (the first American dog guide team), a wide variety of long canes, and a fascinating grouping of electronic travel aides originally assembled by the U.S. Veteran’s Administration.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of an important collection documenting the pioneers of orientation and mobility. The collection, assembled by the Orientation and Mobility Division of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), moved to APH in 2007 from the Maryland School for the Blind in Baltimore where it has previously been housed since 1988. As a part of the festivities, guests can hear a recording from the Archives founder, Warren Bledsoe, when he originally dedicated the collection in 1988.

"The importance to every blind man of acquiring the power of walking the streets without a guide can scarcely be exaggerated." ~ W. Hanks Levy, 1872

This event is free and open to the public, and is being held in conjunction with APH’s 142nd meeting of Ex Officio Trustees at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky, October 14-17, 2010. For more information, contact Mike Hudson at 502-899-2365.

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 the American Printing House for the Blind:

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), a 501(c) (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 digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products.

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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