APH Press Release

Ten People Everyone Should Know Whose Blindness Doesn’t Define Them

Louisville, KY – On September 21 from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm, the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will offer a program titled Ten People Everyone Should Know Whose Blindness Doesn’t Define Them.

Nearly everyone knows about Helen Keller and Louis Braille, but other people who were blind have also made impressive contributions to our world. Jacques Lusseyran worked with the Resistance in France during World War II. Morris Frank pioneered the use of dogs as guides for the blind in the U.S. and harpist Turlough O’Carolan became Ireland’s national composer.

Each of our ten presenters, all of whom are blind, will talk about individuals with whom they feel a connection, who have accomplished remarkable things, or lived a remarkable life. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 899-2213 by September 19 to register. Best for adults and children age 12 and up.

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, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, see a piano used by Stevie Wonder when he was a student at Michigan School for the Blind, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. More information at www.aph.org/museum or call (502) 895-2405, ext. 365, weekdays.

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 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.

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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