APH Press Release

APH "Travels the Extra Mile" During Annual Meeting

144th Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, October 11- 13, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 4, 2012) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will hold its 144th meeting of Ex Officio Trustees at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky, October 11-13, 2012. Approximately 400 people from across the country are expected to attend. Pre-conference and Conference highlights include:

Twelfth Annual APH Prison Braille Forum – Wednesday, October 10, from 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Professionals in the fields of vision and corrections across the country who operate braille production businesses behind prison walls will gather for the 12th annual National Prison Braille Forum. This day-long gathering, which is held each year in conjunction with the APH Annual Meeting, brings together vision and corrections professionals to discuss issues related to braille production operations housed in corrections facilities.

The forum is held to provide information for anyone interested in learning about prison braille programs and the National Prison Braille Network (NPBN).

Opening Session, Awards Ceremony and Welcome Reception – Thursday, October 11, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Our invited keynote speaker, Dr. Cay Holbrook, Professor at the University of British Columbia, will deliver his “The Extra Mile in Visual Impairment: Long and Densely Populated” speech at the Thursday night opening session. APH will also salute the “Building on Patterns Writers” – Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research, APH; Ralph Bartley, Director, Educational Research, APH; and, Eleanor Pester, Braille Project Leader – and honor those APH employees that go the “Extra Mile.”

APH InSights 2012 – Open to the public on Thursday, October 11, from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, October 12, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday, October 13, from 8:00 AM until noon
This exhibition of artwork by artists who are blind or visually impaired features eighty-two artworks by artists from across the U. S. This is the twenty-first year for the competition. Participants range from preschool children to senior citizens, and include professional artists as well as hobbyists and school art classes. Judges selected the art works from over 420 entries in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.

Product Exhibit – Open to the public on Thursday, October 11, from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, October 12, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday, October 13, from 8:00 AM until noon
This exhibition features products produced by APH for children and adults who are visually impaired (large print, braille, electronic tools, and software).

APH InSights Art Awards Banquet and 2012 Hall of Fame Induction, Friday, October 12, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
On this special evening we will honor our APH InSights Art Award winners and celebrate the addition of two new members to the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field with the inductions of Pete Wurzburger and Phil Hatlen. The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, founded in 2001, is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). The Hall is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding service provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. The Hall is guided by a Council of eight members. New inductees are selected through a nationwide nomination process.

Related Meetings

Since APH is a focal point for issues in the field of blindness, several other national groups hold their annual meetings the day before or during APH’s annual meeting in order to allow their members to attend both activities. These include the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB), the Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB), and several other national organizations.

About APH Ex Officio Trustees and the Annual Meeting

In 1879, the U. S. Congress passed the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. This act set up a system to provide free schoolbooks and other materials for blind students and named the American Printing House for the Blind as the national central source of these educational materials. The system through which these specialized materials are distributed is known as the Federal Quota Program. American Printing House for the Blind Ex Officio Trustees are responsible for overseeing the implementation of this program in the various states and regions they represent. The Ex Officio Trustees come to Louisville each year for the Annual Meeting to provide insight and exchange information about developments in the field of blindness. "Special guests" such as parents, teachers, and administrators and other educators involved with the field of blindness also attend this meeting.

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 computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible web site (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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