APH Press Release

APH Hosts Presentation on the Integration of the School for the Blind In Celebration of Black History Month

February 2, 2011

Louisville, KY – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a presentation on the integration of the Kentucky School for the Blind on Saturday, February 26th from 10:00 a.m. until noon. As part of the program, guest speaker Louis Tutt, Principal of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind’s School for the Blind, will talk about how schools for the blind in other states dealt with the issue.

The Colored Department of the Kentucky School for the Blind was established in 1884 in a structure about a quarter mile from the KSB building. The school remained divided into white and "colored" departments until the 1950s. Considered a progressive social reform at the time, the Colored Department nonetheless promoted racism among those least equipped to understand it. In the seventy-five years of its existence, the school sheltered dedicated teachers, both black and white, and students who went on to successful lives and careers.

This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Best for older teens and adults. Please call (502) 899-2213, e-mail kcarpenter@aph.org, by February 24 to register, or visit www.aph.org/museum for more information.

About Louis M. Tutt

Mr. Louis M. Tutt has served as Principal of the School for the Blind at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind since 2002. As Principal, he has worked on many committees, always advocating for accessibility and opportunities for students. He carries out this mission in the school, the community and the nation at large, having been recently elected to the Board of the Council on Exceptional Children.

Mr. Tutt came to Colorado from The Maryland School for the Blind, where he was the 10th Superintendent. Mr. Tutt, a native of Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area, came to Maryland following nine years as Superintendent of the Missouri School for the Blind in St. Louis. There his leadership resulted in the expansion of programs for deafblind and other multi-handicapped students and the development of outreach programs serving blind students in local districts.

Previously, Mr. Tutt served 10 years at the Michigan School for the Blind, first as a teacher, and eventually as Principal. During this period, the Michigan School underwent a major change from a traditional school for the blind to a school serving severely multi-handicapped children.

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, 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. APH’s fully-accessible website (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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