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Annual Meeting Purpose and Past Meeting Highlights

From History to New Horizons: Annual meeting 2018

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Each year since 1879, Ex Officio Trustees of the American Printing House for the Blind have journeyed to Louisville, Kentucky for the APH Annual Meeting. At first by steam locomotive, steamboat, and buggy, later by car and airplane, Trustees have traveled to Louisville to share their knowledge and experience with APH and with each other.

Held in Louisville each fall, every Annual Meeting provides opportunities for Ex Officio Trustees to meet with APH staff, learn about new products, share input on upcoming products, help guide the direction of the APH (by participating on an Advisory Committee), and to meet other Trustees from across the U.S. We also encourage and appreciate the participation by our many "Special Guests" who include teachers, parents, consumers, university program personnel, and other important groups of service providers.

Annual Meeting Is Mandated by the Act

In 1879, the U.S. Congress passed the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. This act created the Federal Quota system to provide educational materials for blind students and named the American Printing House for the Blind as the national source of these materials. Part of that system requires that the Federal Quota program administrators — the Ex Officio Trustees — meet every year.

The advice and counsel of Trustees is crucial to help APH meet the needs of blind students. Participation in this mandatory meeting is one of the main responsibilities of an Ex Officio Trustee.

Upcoming APH Annual Meeting Dates in Louisville:

Highlights of Annual Meeting

Annual Meetings typically include:

Annual Meeting Photos and Recorded Sessions

Photo of Dorinda Rife (APH), and the 2016 APH Zickel Award winners: Patricia Maffei (CA), Don Ouimet (CA), Ann Boehm (NY), and Kay Ferrell (CO).

Photo Albums

Audio and Video

A related event is the induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame for the Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, a project of the entire field of blindness that is housed at APH. This Hall and the induction ceremony honor the heroes and pioneers of the blindness field who have built our profession and improved countless lives.