APH Press Release

American Printing House for the Blind Partners with Breakout Louisville to Raise Money for Children’s Braille Books

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 22, 2016) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will host Breakout for Braille, a fundraising event that supports early literacy on July 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. during the FAT Friday Trolley Hop. Breakout Louisville will introduce its first pop-up Breakout escape game, the APH Museum will be open extended hours, Pokémon players can collect items, and food trucks will be on site.

All proceeds from Breakout for Braille will benefit APH’s preschool print/braille book program, Braille Tales. Braille Tales promotes literacy by providing free children’s books that contain printed text and braille to families around the United States with a parent or child who is blind. Read more about Braille Tales online at www.aph.org/BrailleTales/.

Developed by Breakout Louisville, the Louisville branch of the nationwide escape game company Breakout, the pop-up game has a timely Olympics theme. Participants will have fifteen minutes to find clues and piece together puzzles to figure out who stole the Olympic medals. Breakout describes escape games as “real life adventures.” Read more about Breakout online at https://breakoutgames.com/louisville/. The cost to play the pop-up game is five dollars.

On the night of Breakout for Braille, free admission to the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind will be extended until 8:00 p.m. The event will also be a stop on Frankfort Avenue Trolley Friday, or FAT Friday. Held on the final Friday of each month, FAT Friday is a free shuttle service that takes passengers to a variety of businesses on or near Frankfort Avenue. FAT Friday draws thousands of people, and participating shops, restaurants and galleries often have special sales or live music. The trolley route can be found online at http://www.fatfridayhop.com/Home.aspx.

Visitors of Breakout for Braille who play Pokémon Go can battle at the APH gym, collect items from the APH PokéStop, or take advantage of lure modules that will be activated for the duration of the event.

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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 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 can be found online at www.aph.org/museum.

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 creates 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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