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2006 Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
October 12-14, 2006
The Marriott Hotel – Louisville, Kentucky

Pictures from the 2006 Annual Meeting

For 2006, APH again awarded Annual Meeting scholarships to five direct service providers who were first-time attendees.

The Nominations Committee selects candidates for the two Ex Officio Trustee Advisory Committees: Educational Services Advisory Committee and Educational Products Advisory Committee. Left to right: Mike Cole, CA; Kathy Brown, MI; and Dan Boyd, SD.

The Wings of Freedom, APH’s highest award, was established to honor individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the field of blindness. Dr. Arnall Patz, referred to as "one of the greatest ophthalmologists of the 20th century," received the Wings Award for his lifetime of pioneering research. Left to right: Burt Boyer, APH; Dr. Patz; and Tuck Tinsley, APH.

APH’s Creative Use of Braille Award was conferred on the Braille Institute of America in recognition of the Braille Challenge, which promotes and rewards braille literacy through a nationwide student competition. Pictured are Les Stocker and Nancy Niebrugge, both from the Braille Institute.

Fred Otto, Project Leader, APH, is pictured with educator and author Lois Harrell, winner of APH’s Zickel Award. Harrell was honored for developing the tactile graphics curriculum Teaching Touch.

It was a special honor to have the opening address presented by Michael Hingson, National Public Affairs and Donor Relations Officer for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Hingson and his guide dog Rosell are an example of the deep bond and partnership between human and animal. Hingson told the moving and inspirational story of their escape from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Left to right: Michael Hingson, Ellen Patz, Dr. Arnall Patz.

Conversations outside of sessions are often where connections are formed and new ideas are generated at Annual Meeting. Left to right: Mike Cole, CA; Phil Hatlen, TX; and Rod Brawley, CA.

Families of APH InSights Artists who attend Annual Meeting sometimes bring their whole crew.

Ex Officio Trustees Chris Thompkins, AZ; Michael Bina, MA; and Dean Stenehjem, WA, pose during the reception after the opening session.

Jim Adams, NE, and Robert Warren, OK, catch up during the reception.

Left to right: Paul Ajuwon, Missouri State University; Gary Mudd, APH, and Michael Hingson.

Each year a number of APH InSights Art Competition winners travel to Louisville to receive their awards in person. Jared Helms, Honorable Mention, Tenth through Twelfth Grade category, is pictured with his family. His artwork Assembly is to the upper right.

Franklin Loeb, painter of The Phoenix Tree (lower left) attended with his parents.

Sammi Hashash (far right) comes from an artistic family — his siblings have been frequent entrants in the InSights Art Competition. His artwork Sammi’s Spotted Fish (bottom right) won first place in the First through Third Grade category.

Madeline Spearing proudly displays her artwork, a woven piece that features enlarged braille dots.

Matthew Graves’ sculpture of a dog, Joey, was a crowd favorite. Matthew poses with his proud parents.

Shea Welch, honorable mention in the Fourth through Sixth Grade category, entered an untitled piece featuring a rabbit. Her father accompanied her to Annual Meeting.

Cody Shaw’s self portrait was a second place winner in the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Grade category.

Nancy Blizzard sculpts elaborate baskets from ceramic and natural materials. In this photo, she shows off her latest creation.

Alan Freeman (center) is posed proudly alongside his sculpture Cat Critter Mask. Accompanying him are his parents, Kenneth and Irene Freeman.

Margie’s Stocker’s whimsical sculpture Don’t Drink the Water depicts a duck in a birdbath.

Colton Albrecht, pictured with his father, entered a colorful self-portrait collage.

Ali Lawson’s painting is aptly titled, portraying the San Francisco Bridge, Day and Night. Ali was accompanied by her grandparents and her mother.

Steve Stahl’s mixed media sculpture, Little Grass Shack on the Ocean, includes a working light inside. The stilt legs, thatched roof, and ladder add to the realism.

This large ceramic vase by adult artist Wanda Owens (pictured) has faces peering out of the sides. It is entitled Illumina Feminique.

Tom Sullivan, motivational speaker, athlete, singer, actor, writer, and producer, awed attendees with a spellbinding session describing the influence that blindness professionals had on his life. Sullivan inspired all present to continue to improve services for blind and visually impaired individuals.

Attendees were privileged to hear a new Tom Sullivan song debuted at Annual Meeting.

Artist Andrew Dakin creates the bas-relief sculptures that are then used to create the Hall of Fame plaques. In this picture he is holding the plaque for 2006 inductee Anne Sullivan Macy.

Tom Sullivan greets Dr. Arnall Patz.

Two new honorees were inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field: Anne Sullivan Macy, teacher to Helen Keller and education pioneer; and Dr. Arnall Patz. Rick Welsh and Mary Nelle McLennan introduced the inductees. Left to right: Rick Welsh, President, Pittsburgh Vision Services (retired); Dr. Patz; Mary Nelle McLennan, Executive Advisor to the President, APH; Steve Rothstein, President, Perkins School for the Blind.

It was our pleasure to have Dr. and Mrs. Patz as our honored guests. Dr. Patz displays his plaque for the Hall of Fame.

New Ex Officio Trustees attended an orientation meeting and were paired with a mentor to assist with their new role. Seated: James Sucharski, MO; Yvonne Ali, MO; Standing: Retha Cobrun, NM; Jeremiah Holiday, WI; Antoine Johnson, DC; Michael Bina, MA; Paula Mauro, OH; Robert Hill, AZ.

Lois Harrell was one of the presenters for the Interactive Product Training Sessions, co-presenting the tactile graphics session. Other sessions demonstrated maps, accessible testing materials, science accessories, and new technology products.

Sandy Ruconich, President, and Jim Gandorf, Executive Director, of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, presented news from AER.

Two schools celebrated important milestones this year: the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired it’s 150th anniversary and the New York Institute for the Blind it’s 175th anniversary. EOTs Phil Hatlen, TSBVI, and Eugene McMahon, NY Institute, share congratulations.

APH’s Rosanne Hoffmann described new products to attendees touring the Information Fair.

The Product Showcase room displayed new and classic APH products throughout the meeting and APH staff members were available for questions or demonstrations.

The Louis Database of Accessible Materials for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired contains information on how to locate over 200,000 titles in accessible formats offered by 180 agencies. Maria Delgado, APH Database Field Representative, explains how to search LOUIS for titles in braille, large print, sound recording, and electronic formats.

We were pleased to again welcome Annette Reichman, Project Officer of the US Department of Education, to Annual Meeting. Reichman participated in the meeting and took a keen interest in APH products and services.

Shirley Wilson, Texas Tech University, and Rob Hair, Perkins School for the Blind, share a laugh during the Information Fair.