APH Press Release

APH Products More Easily Available to Veterans

Company becomes Veterans Administration-Approved Vendor

LOUISVILLE, KY (March 9, 2011) – Products made at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired, are now available for purchase on the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) website. GSA Advantage!® is the government’s premier online shopping system. Listing on GSA Advantage assures individual veterans and institutions serving them (federal, state and local) instant access to a vast array of high-quality products, services, and solutions from thousands of approved vendors. APH’s Veteran’s Administration Federal Supply Schedule contract that allows products to be posted to the GSA site, goes through December 14, 2014.

After going through the APH product catalog of several thousand items, a list of merchandise thought to be a “good fit” for the needs of veterans with vision loss was developed and approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nearly 100 Items that can be used in an educational setting, in the office, or at home are listed. They include traditional reading and writing materials in braille and large print, magnification systems, and other accessible technology products like the Book Port Plus™ which can be used to read a wide variety of audio books, read computer files, and record and play music. View the list of APH products at APH VA Contract list 2011.

John Spiegelhalter, Business Development Manager at APH, says “We know our veterans with vision loss want to maintain an independent lifestyle. The bottom line for us in going through the approval process to secure this contract is that it provides a new venue for us to let them know about the wide range of products available to them to meet that goal.”

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

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 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.

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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