APH Press Release

Public Invited to meet Enrique Oliu, Spanish language color commentator for the Tampa Bay Rays and who has been blind since birth.

Louisville, KY (July 16, 2012) – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a free program on July 28, 1:00- 2:30 p.m., featuring Enrique "Henry" Oliu, the Spanish language color commentator for the Tampa Bay Rays, who was featured in the 2009 documentary Henry O!.

Henry grew up loving sports, but he has never seen the game he so skillfully describes for fans. He has immersed himself in all facets baseball, and has an extraordinary ability to memorize statistics and background information. Henry can tell from the sound of the bat if it’s a single, double, or homerun; as he listens for the ball flying through the air, he can tell if it’s a curveball, fastball, or change-up.

Blind since birth, at age 5 Oliu moved from his home country of Nicaragua to Costa Rica, then at 10, he came to the United States so that he could attend the Florida School for The Deaf & The Blind in St. Augustine. He earned a degree in communications from the University of South Florida. Oliu spent 10 years in sports radio at various venues in the Tampa area before landing the game-calling job with the Rays’ for their inaugural game in 1998.

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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, Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 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.

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, 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.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 899-2357 or log on to www.aph.org.

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