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U.S. Rep. Anne Northup (R-KY) Speaks at APH

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, July 21, 1997

Rep. Anne Northup (R-KY) will speak to employees of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) today, July 21st, at 2:15 p.m. about the level of funding the company can expect for the upcoming fiscal year. Northup serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which sets funding for the nonprofit institution, which employs 320 people in Louisville.

In 1995, APH was threatened with a 40% cut in its appropriation for FY1996, but funding was eventually restored to a level of $6.68 million. That figure remained steady for FY1997. Now, Northup's committee is recommending that the appropriation be upped to $8.186 for FY1998, a significant increase, which would greatly benefit the education of the nation's blind and visually impaired students.

APH receives an annual appropriation under the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, which designated the Louisville company as the nation's official supplier of educational materials for blind and visually impaired students below college level across the U.S. APH's mission is to promote the independence of blind and visually impaired people by providing the special media, tools, and materials needed for education and life.

Contact Roberta Williams, Public Relations Specialist, for more information. Telephone: 1 -800-223-1839 or (502) 895-2405; e-mail: rwilliams@aph.org

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