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APH Annual Meeting 2012 Photo Album

Memories from the 144th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, October 11–13, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky

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Becky Snider, APH, presents the “Traveling the Extra Mile” Prison Braille Service Award to Marie Amerson (GA) during the Prison Braille Forum.

Robert Eutz and Leslie Durst (IN) discuss important topics during the Prison Braille Forum.

Judy Dixon (DC) offers information from the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) on the Unified English Braille code, while Mary Nelle McLennan (PA) and Frances Mary D’Andrea (PA) listen in.

An eager crowd participates in the opening of the new APH Museum exhibit featuring the piano used by Stevie Wonder during his years at the Michigan School for the Blind.

Fred Slone (CA), Director of Literacy Operations for Benetech, addresses the Prison Braille Forum.

APH Museum Director Micheal Hudson and Ted Hull (FL), Stevie Wonder’s former teacher, cut the ribbon for the new exhibit.

The Michigan School for the Blind stage curtains are replicated to frame Stevie Wonder’s piano in the APH Museum.

Marje Kaiser (SD), chaired the 2012 Nominations Committee. Joining her in developing the slate of nominees for APH Ex Officio Trustee Advisory Committees were fellow EOTs Marty McKenzie (SC) and Sally Giittinger (NE).

APH President Tuck Tinsley and the Kentucky School for the Blind’s Director of Instruction John Roberts, join the Evans family to celebrate the opening of “Will Evans Way” between the campus of APH and the Kentucky School for the Blind.

Long time friends Cathy Johnson (KY) and Edith Etheridge (KY) join the celebration with APH’s Will Evans.

APH Director of Research Ralph Bartley and APH Braille Project Leader Eleanor Pester awarded “Extra Mile” awards to the many writers who assisted in the historic completion of the Building on Patterns braille reading series.

APH Director of Research Ralph Bartley and APH Braille Project Leader Eleanor Pester celebrate the completion of the Building on Patterns braille reading series.

Dr. Cay Holbrook (BC) and APH Vice President of Advisory Services and Research Bob Brasher pose following Dr. Holbrook’s outstanding keynote presentation.

Annette Reichman, Liaison/Director, Office of Special Institutions, United States Department of Education, welcomed the participants to the 144th APH Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests.

A highlight of the Friday afternoon general session was a presentation by Ted Hull, author of the book The Wonder Years. Ted was introduced by Ex Officio Trustee Collette Bauman.

Hall of Fame member Alice Raftary (MI) poses with Jane Thompson, APH’s Director of the Accessible Textbook Department, during the Thursday night reception.

Once again this year, APH welcomed five first time attendees to Annual Meeting as APH Scholars. Pictured are Adrienne Shoemaker (NH), Liz Cooper (CA), Elizabeth Schomerus (NE), Debbie Bennett (LA), and Robin Coxe-Harris (LA).

A quick round of “speed-updating” tested the presentation skills of representatives of several affiliated agencies, including (left-right) Jim Downs (DIAGRAM), Lou Tutt (AER), Ginny Grant (DIAGRAM), Mark Richert (AFB), Carl Augusto (AFB), Mary Nelle McLennan (APH/BANA), Derrick Smith (CEC-DVI), Ryan Honey (Braille Institute), Donna Brostek Lee (APH/University of Kentucky).

Dr. Jane Erin, Chair of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field Governing Board, presided over the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Jim Hatlen, son of Hall of Fame inductee Phil Hatlen, accepted Phil’s Hall of Fame plaque on his behalf and made moving remarks about his father’s life and impact on the field of blindness.

Family members and friends pose with plaques for the two Hall of Fame inductees. Jim Hatlen (holding his father Phil’s plaque) is joined on stage by Jane Erin, Dean Tuttle, Naomi Tuttle, Kristie Wurzburger (holding her father Pete’s plaque), and Patricia Leader.

Childhood friends Kristie Wurzburger and Jim Hatlen pose with the plaques honoring their fathers’ induction into the Hall of Fame. Peter Wurzburger and Phil Hatlen, the 2012 inductees, were office mates and close friends for much of their careers.

New Ex Officio Trustees gathered for breakfast before Friday morning’s events began. Seated are Rosa Gomez (CA), Cindy Gibson (GA), Mary Lane (NH), and Barbara Englebrecht (WY). Standing are Pete Dally (WI), Bill Koehler (AZ), Steve Shiraki (HI), Larry Dickerson (AR), Margie Ortgiesen (IA), and Erika Arbogast (PA).

APH Technology Project Leader Larry Skutchan seeks input on mobile devices during the Friday morning Product Input sessions.

Suzette Wright, APH Emergent Literacy Project Leader, shares information about opportunities for collaboration with a French producer of tactile books for young children.

Information about the Building on Patterns braille reading series was shared by several of the authors of the new program during a product training session.

Tuck Tinsley, APH President, poses with Maraya Gonzalez and her award-winning painting of Mickey Mouse in the APH InSights Art Exhibit.

Award winning artist Alissa Dolegouwski and her family view her artwork in the exhibit.

Paige Symonds’ painting serves as the backdrop for a photo of the artist with Tuck Tinsley.

Maliyah Green celebrated her APH InSights Art award with her family at the Friday night banquet.

Kaytlyn Floyd brought her family to see her artwork on display!

Johanna Argo and Tiffany Bradford-Oldham go the extra mile at the Resource Services display during the Information Fair.

Ex Officio Trustee Jim Olson (CO) makes notes during a conversation with “Park Ranger” Linda Turner.

Ex Officio Trustee Steven Rothstein (MA) learns about the ViA app from Ryan Honey of the Braille Institute of America. APH and BIA are partnering to develop and promote the aggregated app.

The Information Fair drew a packed house of participants and presenters!

APH Multiple Disabilities Project Leader Tristan Pierce showed off the Spangle Toy at her poster session.

APH presenters in the closing session of the 2012 Annual Meeting included Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research; Jane Thompson, Director, Accessible Textbooks; Scott Blome, Director, Communications; Janie Blome, Director, Field Services; and Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Museum.

APH’s new traveling exhibit also debuted during Annual Meeting. The exhibit, “Child In A Strange Country,” opened at the Louisville Free Public Library in downtown Louisville, and traces the education of students who are blind and visually impaired through the life and experiences of Helen Keller. This exhibit is available for rent from APH.

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