APH Press Release

APH and Sendero Group Launch Talking PC Maps

Software makes location details accessible

March 17, 2011

Louisville, KY – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Sendero Group LLC, pioneers in the development of location information systems for people with vision impairments headquartered in Davis California, are proud to announce the new APH Talking PC Maps. APH is the exclusive distributor of Talking PC Maps, developed to meet APH specifications.

Designed to be used by individual consumers, orientation and mobility specialists, and teachers of persons who are visually impaired, this software provides spoken and on-screen map data and 12 million points of interest for U.S. states, territories, and Canada on one flash drive. It speaks on any computer, using Windows™ XP or later whether or not the computer has screen reading software installed. It does not give information about a user’s physical location; it is not a GPS system. Instead, it gives a verbal description of physical space and what it contains that is available in no other way except through eyesight. It gives persons with visual impairments the same information available to sighted persons through incidental learning when they look at maps, street signs, and signage on buildings.

APH Talking PC Maps is an excellent tool for both classroom and orientation and mobility instructors. As the first map package that tracks the side of street on which the virtual traveler walks, this software simulates actual travel, allowing the student to press keys for appropriate turns and street crossings in the process of map exploration. Points of Interest can be explored, searched, or announced as the student virtually passes them.

This unique software also allows the user to:

For more suggested uses, user requirements, and other details visit: Talking PC Maps website.

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 designs and 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.

About the Sendero Group LLC

Sendero Group is the developer of the first accessible GPS and talking map software. GPS products "Powered by Sendero" software provide access to detailed street and business location information. The blind traveler can now be a co-pilot, not just a passive passenger in a car. He or she can keep the taxi driver honest, enjoy hearing about the sites and businesses being passed and know independently when to get off the bus. Students can also chart custom routes across campus or hikers can do the same in the woods.

Sendero staff, most of whom are visually impaired, know from personal and professional experience that orientation and mobility skills and tools for blind folks are key to the enjoyment and success in all walks of life. Sendero is first and foremost "the GPS company" as well as distributing other innovative adaptive technology.

Sendero Group is located at 429 F Street, Suite 4, Davis, CA 95616. For more information, call 530-757-6800 or visit www.senderogroup.com.

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