APH Press Release

The American Printing House for the Blind to Partner with European Organization for International Tactile Book Competition

Louisville, KY (March 3, 2015) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired, will select U.S. entries for an international competition to design tactile books for children who are blind or visually impaired.

The biennial tactile book competition is conducted by Typhlo & Tactus (T&T), www.tactus.org, an organization comprised of western and eastern European nations that exists to improve the quality and quantity of tactile books available to young children with visual impairments in member countries. As a part of T&T’s efforts, the organization has conducted a biennial tactile book competition each year, beginning in 2000. At first, the competition was open only to European T&T members, but in 2011, it was opened to a worldwide audience. APH is the contact organization for U.S. entries.

A panel of U.S. judges will review each entry and select the top five books to send to Italy for final adjudication by an international panel. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded. The first prize winning entry will be kept in the T&T Archives in the International Museum of Tactile Illustrated Books, in Dijon (France). Selected books may be featured at the T&T website, and appear in posters and promotional materials used by T&T.

U.S. entrants should send their completed tactile book, designed for a child with visual impairment from three to twelve years of age, to the American Printing House for the Blind by Friday, September 4, 2015.

To get entry forms and guidelines for book design, visit www.aph.org/research/tactile-book-contest additional details of requirements may be found at http://www.tactus.org/competition_rules.html

A “Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children’s Books” can be found at www.aph.org/research/illustration.

About the American Printing House for the Blind

APH, 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 makes 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

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