APH Press Release

American Printing House for the Blind To Offer Inside Look at the History of Dog Guides During Free Workshop

Louisville, KY (November 16, 2016) – When a determined young man from Nashville partnered with a dog named Buddy in the 1920s, they forged a relationship that forever changed the way people with vision loss navigate the world. The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a free workshop that will delve into the unbreakable bonds of this dynamic team, and a history that dates back to medieval travelers to discover how the highly trained dog guides of the present day were introduced to the United States in the early 20th century.

“A History of Dog Guides” will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Bill Deatheridge, President of the Guide Dog Users will speak about these animals that wear the time-honored harness. Darren Harbour, local actor, will reprise his entertaining role as a talking guide dog, and an audio described short movie from The Seeing Eye will be shown.

Come learn more about these distinguished dogs we all love. This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Call (502) 899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org by November 18 to register. Visit www.aph.org/museum for more information.

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, 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©(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 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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