APH Press Release

William M. Wood Foundation Awards the American Printing House for the Blind $135,500 to Speed the Production of Educational Products for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Louisville, KY. (January 7, 2015) – The American Printing House for the Blind was recently awarded a grant from the William M. Wood Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, for the purchase of a 3-D Printer, a Vacuum Forming machine and a UV Printer/Cutter. This equipment will be used by APH to produce educational aids for students who are blind or visually impaired. For the last 156 years, the American Printing House for the Blind has been researching, developing, and manufacturing quality products and text books specially designed for people who are blind and visually impaired.

“We’ve come a long way from our first fly-wheel hand-cranked press invented for APH in 1860 to print braille textbooks,” said Frank Hayden, Technical Research Manager at APH. This latest technology equipment will allow APH to produce prototypes of educational aid products that can be field tested with teachers and students in schools. The 3-D printer will provide APH with fast, low-cost alternative to traditional rapid prototyping technology for building concepts and functional products. This translates into a lot of savings which get passed onto schools purchasing the products for their students. The UV printer cutter is also a cost-effective alternative for quicker prototype turnarounds and will create color print tactile graphics that rival collage graphics. “The quality is so much superior to our current process that requires depositing polymer and fusing ink to form a raised surface,” Hayden added. The vacuum forming machine will allow APH to transform a two-dimensional plastic sheet into a three-dimensional product, adding more detail and greater durability to products.

About the William M. Wood Foundation

The William M. Wood Foundation is directed toward charitable organizations located in the geographical vicinity of Louisville, KY, with a focus on the care of the employment of persons who are blind; medical research and treatment with respect to eye disorders, cancer and cardiovascular disorders; as well as history and historical research.

About the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

APH is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted solely to creating educational, workplace, and independent products and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. The goal of APH is to be a center of knowledge regarding the research, development, and production of quality products as well as the provision of specialized services for blind and visually impaired people. APH manufactures over 1100 products each year with more than 100 new products introduced each year.

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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