APH Press Release

APH is Selected as an Official Charity of the 2011 miniMarathon and Marathon Invites Community to Participate in the APH Team Effort

Louisville, Kentucky (March 7, 2011) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has been selected as an official charity of the Derby Festival’s 2011 miniMarathon and Marathon for a second year. APH is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired, and is one of 18 official charities to receive the 2011 honor.

Last year’s Run to Independence team raised over $10,000 to help fund assistive technology research and APH’s popular accessible magazine program. “APH needs more runners, walkers, and supporters to make the fund-raising effort an even greater success this year,” says Kristin Binkowski, Director of Planned Giving, and team organizer. “We invite members of the community to join the team to support APH programs and services. For over 70 years, APH has provided accessible magazines (braille, cassette tape and now downloadable) free-of-charge for people all over the country. These magazines, including Reader’s Digest® and Newsweek®, provide an important resource for news, information, and entertainment to those with visual impairments. APH is also developing new assistive technology products that will ensure that the increasing number of visually impaired people will have access to the same kinds of opportunities available to everyone else.”

Jamie Weedman, a communications major at the University of Louisville, and the only blind runner to participate in last year’s miniMarathon, will again be part of the team of more than 20 APH employees and friends. He joined the track team when he was in ninth grade at the Kentucky School for the Blind and has taken part in several running events around the city. Because he is blind, Jamie runs with sighted guide David Gassman. Jamie says he joined the APH team because “I have been using APH products since I first learned braille. I guess I was in kindergarten. I appreciate APH’s services and its support of blind people. APH products give us the resources we need to live independently.”

For more information, please contact Kristin Binkowski at 502-899-2351 or kbinkowski@aph.org. Or, visit www.active.com/donate/aphfortheblind for details about the miniMarathon/Marathon.

About APH:

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, and digitally recorded formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s 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.

For more information about APH, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.

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