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Annual Meeting 2015: Video & Audio

Selected video and audio from the 147th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, October 8–10, 2015, Louisville, Kentucky.

The 2015 Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests entitled, “Setting the Stage,” was a wonderful multi-day “show” that “entertained” and educated nearly 400 attendees. The festivities began during the opening session, where keynote speaker, Dr. Chuck Wall, encouraged us all to practice acts of kindness in everyday life. The meeting was also an opportunity to recognize several leaders in the field who are exiting the stage during this year. Carl Augusto, President of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), was presented with APH’s highest honor, the Wings of Freedom Award. A reception to honor APH President Tuck Tinsley, who will be retiring at the end of 2015, followed the opening session.

The following days were action-packed as attendees had numerous opportunities to participate in sessions focused on new APH products, learn about ongoing research and field testing, have input into product design, and hear an update from blindness organizations during a general session. Friday evening we honored winning artists during the APH InSights Art Award Ceremony, which featured artwork created by students and adults. This was followed by the induction ceremony for the fields Hall of Fame, which recognized the educational efforts of this year’s inductees, Alan Koenig and Sir Francis Campbell.

General Session I — Thursday, Oct 8, 2015

Opening Session Facilitators Jim Durst and Burt Boyer

Opening Remarks

Keynote Address, “Kindness: A Way of Life” by Dr. Chuck Wall

Carl Augusto “Wings of Freedom” Award

General Session II — Friday, Oct 9, 2015

Carl Augusto, Roxann Mayros, Tuck Tinsley

Tuck Tinsley, State of the Company

Larry Skutchan, Transforming Braille Group

Linda Andries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lou Tutt, Facilitator

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Advisory Committee Report Highlights: Collette Bauman, Jim Durst

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APH Scholars, Prison Braille: Craig Meador, Nancy Lacewell, John Romeo

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Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — Friday, Oct 9, 2015

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

General Session III — Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

Speed “Up-dating”

Brief updates from our partners around the field:

General Session IV — Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

Mary Nelle McLennan

Working Together to Advocate for the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind of 1879, Gary Mudd, Nancy Lacewell

Closing Remarks, Craig Meador

Audio from Related Sessions, Thursday, Oct 8, 2015

STEM Consortium

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Consortium.

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Audio from Product Development Input Sessions, Friday, Oct 9, 2015

Directors in Action: Students and Teachers using the I-M-ABLE

Presented by Diane P. Wormsley, Educational Consultant.

The presentation will begin with an overview of I-M-ABLE (the Individualized Meaning-centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education), the students with whom this approach is designed, and the components of the I-M-ABLE Field Test Kit which field evaluators have received. The presentation will also include a description of the students and their teachers who are field testing the kit, and the training the teachers are receiving as part of the field testing will be provided.

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Know Your Lines—Goal Lines, Center Lines, Sidelines, and More Using SPORTS COURTS: Touch and Play

Presented by Karen J. Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, APH.

SPORTS COURTS: Touch and Play is currently being field tested across the country. This session will give you asneak preview of the prototype and let you participate as a member of “collective field test audience” to give direct feedback on the design of the various components, including tactile/print layouts of a variety of courts and fields, interactive 3-D players, goal posts, nets, and more. At the same time, learn about “backstage” processes and tasks (e.g., 3-D printing, vacuum-forming, screen printing) that go into the construction of a field test prototype.

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To App, or Not to App: That Is the Question

Presented by Larry Skutchan, APH, and Heather Kennedy-McKenzie, Technology Program Manager, APH.

Doubt thou there is an app for that;
Doubt that APH doth create;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt APH is here to listen to your app ideas.

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Setting the Stage for Math Success: Products for the Classroom

Presented by Li Zhou, Core Curriculum Project Leader, APH.

Come and check out these low-tech tools that help set the stage for your students’ math success. Products under development include Place Value Setter, Tactile Algebra Tiles, and Flip-Over Concept Books: FRACTIONS.

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BrailleBuzz: A New Writing Device/Toy for Young Braille Users

Presented by Susan Spicknall, Braille Literacy Project Leader, APH.

The presentation will introduce the prototype of BrailleBuzz and its capabilities. Ideas for its use in a preschool instructional setting will be offered and discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to examine it and suggest activities/functions that might be added to the machine to increase flexibility as a learning device.

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“What’s in a name?” —William Shakespeare: CVI — Explore the New Website and Find Out!

Presented by Susan Sullivan, CVI Project Leader, APH.

APH’s CVI website was completely revamped in 2015. Come armed with input “setting the stage” for discussion on what you would like to see added. We will continue the dialogue spotlighting ideas for future CVI products.

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Audio from Product Training Sessions, Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

Building on Patterns and UEB: Props and Stage Directions

Presented by Cay Holbrook, Professor, The University of British Columbia, and Cathy Senft-Graves, Braille Literacy and Technology Project Leader, APH.

Learn about the materials now available to teach the Building on Patterns Kindergarten and First Grade lessons with UEB, and how to use them.

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Setting the Stage for the Next Act—Quick and Easy ECC: The Hatlen Center Guide

Presented by Patti Maffei, Executive Director, Northern and Central California Programs, Junior Blind of America, and Karen Poppe, APH.

Come learn how the cast of supporting characters comes together to guide each child star toward maximizing his or her potential as an adult. Participants will learn about why this guide was critically needed, the field test procedure and outcomes, and how to use the guide. Audience participation in a few lessons will convince you that the recipe style lessons are indeed quick and easy. In Dr. Hatlen’s words, “This book, as simple as it is, will amaze you with its usefulness.”

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STEM Takes Center Stage

Presented by Ken Perry, Software Engineer, APH, and Jeanette Wicker, Core Curriculum Consultant, APH.

Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired require access to high level educational tools in order to “perform” in STEM classes. APH introduces the newest star in the calculator family, the Orion TI-30XS MultiView™ Talking Scientific Calculator. Appearing in the second act is the Orion TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator with the introduction of braille output in Nemeth and UEB Math as well as enhanced access to graphs.

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Nemeth! Nemeth! My Kingdom for a Nemeth Tutorial!

Presented by Larry Skutchan, APH.

APH have set their life upon a task,
And will not rest until all who be Nemeth entranced
Are but trained with the Nemeth Tutorial.

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Daily Living Products for Adults and Students Who Become Adults: Labeling, Marking, and Organization and Parenting with a Visual Impairment

Presented by Terrie Terlau, Adult Life Project Leader, APH.

Labeling, Marking, and Organization and Parenting with a Visual Impairment both help adults with visual impairments develop essential ECC skills with or without direct instruction. TVIs can also use content and exercises in these new books to help students with visual impairments develop crucial skills for independent living that will serve them throughout their lives.

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“Play Music on Stage Like a Rock Star!”

Presented by Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, APH.

See how Michael learns to play music using The Joy Player, APH’s new accessible personal music player; his wheelchair tray is his stage. The Joy Player was designed to fill the void and need when cassette players were discontinued. This presentation will show how to use it, in multiple modes of operation, with several APH products; conduct a personal music player routine as outlined in APH’s Sensory Learning Kit; play a game using SAM: Symbols and Meaning; and learn expansion activities with Tactile Connections.

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