American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
2010 Annual Report
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
2010 Annual Report
October 1, 2009 — September 30, 2010
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
- INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND
- MISSION STATEMENT
- CORPORATE SECTION
- ADMINISTRATION OF THE FEDERAL APPROPRIATION SECTION
- Secretary’s Report
- Highlights from the 2010 APH Annual Meeting
- Reports from the Ex Officio Trustee Advisory Committees of APH
- Distribution of Eligible Students for Fiscal Year 2010, Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 5, 2009 (Fiscal Year 2010)
- Agencies for the Education of the Visually Impaired in the United States Receiving Federal Quota Funds Due Under an Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, Fiscal Year 2010
- DEVELOPMENT SECTION
- FINANCIAL SECTION
SERVICE SINCE 1858
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has served our nation’s blind and visually impaired citizens since before the Civil War. Founded in 1858, APH is the oldest company in the U.S. dedicated to creating products for blind people and is the largest organization of its kind in the world.
EXTENSIVE RANGE OF PRODUCTS
APH’s product lines uphold our mission and include a wide variety of unique educational and daily living items. A few examples of our hundreds of products include: braille and large print textbooks and tests; talking educational software; accessible technology devices; tactile graphics tools; and science and mathematics teaching kits.
In partnership with the field of blindness, the APH Department of Research supports the creation of a wide range of products by maintaining ongoing product research and development.
APH’s product offerings are detailed in our print catalog and our accessible online shopping site, which are organized into the core curriculum and the National Agenda’s expanded core curriculum instructional areas.
Specialty products such as audio books and braille restaurant menus are created by APH for commercial customers. In addition, APH makes custom-ordered materials on demand, such as braille and large print textbooks.
UNIQUE SERVICES OFFERED
Examples of the many services offered by APH include:
- The APH News monthly newsletter, featuring the latest information on APH products and services.
- The Louis accessible materials database, including the APH File Repository.
- NIP Training Events: APH partners with Ex Officio Trustees and others to provide National Instructional Partnership events across the country. Contracted experts present expanded instruction on the use of APH products in educational settings and across educational curricula.
- Braille and Audio Magazines: APH offers free subscriptions to accessible editions of Reader’s Digest® and Newsweek®. Donations are accepted to defray costs.
MANDATE AND CORPORATE STATUS
Much of APH’s mandate is derived from the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind of 1879. This act designates APH as the official supplier of educational materials to all eligible blind students in the United States working at less than college level.
APH is a private, nonprofit 501(c)corporation. Responsibility for its administration rests with:
- Corporate Trustees chosen from the local business and professional community.
- Ex Officio Trustees from educational and rehabilitation entities that serve students who are visually impaired and blind across the United States and Outlying Areas.
APH voluntarily complies with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 that sets the business standards for corporate governance and financial disclosure.
The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.
OFFICERS, TRUSTEES, AND COMMITTEES
Officers, Trustees, and Committees, Fiscal Year 2010
Dr. Charles Barr
- Charles Barr, M.D., Chairman
- Jane Hardy
- Judge David Holton
- Virginia T. Keeney, M.D.
- Julie S. Lee, M.D.
- W. James Lintner, Jr.
- W. Barrett Nichols
- Herbert W. Perkins III
- Tuck Tinsley III, Ed.D.
- Darrell R. Wells
- Phoebe Wood
- Charles Barr, M.D., Chairman
- W. Barrett Nichols, Vice Chairman
- Darrell R. Wells, Treasurer
- Tuck Tinsley III, Ed.D., President
- William G. Beavin, Vice President of Finance and Secretary
- Robert B. Brasher, Vice President of Advisory Services and Research
- Jack N. Decker, Vice President of Production
- J. Gary Mudd, Vice President of Public Affairs
- Paul R. Zurkuhlen, Vice President of Development
EX OFFICIO TRUSTEES
Ex Officio Trustees are responsible for the administration of the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind of 1879. The Ex Officio Trustees are the executive heads of schools for the blind, the chief state school officers of each state department of education, or the executive officers of other agencies serving the blind. If they choose, these executives may designate the Trusteeship to an appropriate professional within their organizations.
EX OFFICIO TRUSTEE ADVISORY COMMITTEES OCTOBER, 2009—OCTOBER, 2010
The name of each member is followed by his or her term expiration date.
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- Frank Simpson, Chair, New York, 2009
- Barbara McCarthy, Virginia, 2010
- Marje Kaiser, South Dakota, 2010
- Sally Giittinger, Nebraska, 2011
- Jonn Paris-Salb, California, 2011
- Angyln Young, Arkansas, Alternate
EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- Nancy Niebrugge, Chair, California, 2009
- Suzanne Dalton, Florida, 2010
- Stacy Grandt, Wisconsin, 2010
- Marty McKenzie, South Carolina, 2011
- Todd Reeves, Pennsylvania, 2011
- Yvonne Ali, Missouri, 2012
- Linda Lyle, New Mexico, 2012
- Steven Rothstein, Massachusetts, Alternate
FINANCIAL AND PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
- 71.7% Federal Quota
- 11.3% NLS and Other Federal Agencies
- 4.8% Non-government Contracts
- 12.2% Other
TYPES OF PRODUCTS SOLD
- 58% Educational and Other Aids
- 19% Large Type Publications
- 14% Braille Publications
- 9% Recorded Publications
APH PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Braille Pages Produced
- FY 2010 — 18,114,929
- FY 2009 — 16,045,085
- FY 2008 — 14,902,295
Pages Printed in Large Type Department
- FY 2010 — 17,139,147*
- FY 2009 — 13,664,173
- FY 2008 — 14,398,431
Audio Minutes Recorded
- FY 2010 — 425,252
- FY 2009 — 337,844
- FY 2008 — 367,381
*Note: APH now outsources the majority of its printing. The number of pages produced outside of APH are not reflected in this figure.
Tuck Tinsley III
FISCAL YEAR 2010 EXECUTIVE REPORT
FOCUS ON PRODUCTS
The overriding focus of activities at APH in fiscal 2010 was on the development of products, as it should have been. From the identification of student needs—to ways to address those needs—to prototypes for pilot testing—to specification adjustments from the pilot—to development of models for field testing—to production specs from the field test-to production-to distribution, the focus was on products, products, products.
During the state-of-the-company address at Annual Meeting in October, we attempted to put 2010 into perspective by saying, "This is a quote from the 1996 state-of-the-company: ‘On April 25, 1996, seven months into the year, the Federal budget for 1996 was approved at the 1995 level, with APH receiving $6.68 million for the Act. Nine new products were introduced in 1996, highlighted by the introduction of the new APH Handi-Cassette II Player/Recorder.’ Back to 2010-$24.6 million was appropriated for the Act, and 108 new catalog items were brought to market in 2010!"
Yes, a record 108 new catalog items were introduced in 2010. In fairness, the 9 new products in 1996 should be compared to 33 products in 2010. APH’s accounting processes have changed in the past decade: we now count each item that is assigned a catalog number, and is therefore available for sale as a product. So, for example, a "product" in 1996 may be counted as four products/catalog items today (full kit, part A, print teacher’s manual, and braille teacher’s manual).
Examples of new products in 2010 are Building On Patterns 1st Grade; CVI Complexities Sequences; O&M Family Booklet; Book Port Plus; Test Ready; Flip-Over Concept Books; Verbal View Office Ribbon Bar; Early Braille Trade Books: Sunshine Kit 1 & 2; and What Is IT? Kit.
MAJORITY OF IDEAS COME FROM OUR FIELD
Research staff at APH include project leaders in twelve areas: braille literacy, braille instruction, low vision, assistive technology, early childhood, emergent literacy, multiple disabilities, tactile graphics, adult life, tests and assessments, cortical visual impairment, and core curriculum. While these staff members direct and coordinate product development activities, the entire field is involved in identifying student needs and ways to address those needs.
In FY 2010, 100 new product ideas submitted to APH passed the various screenings and were moved into the initial phase of product development. Only 20 of these 100 ideas came from APH advisory committees, task forces, or internal staff; thus 80% originated outside APH. We ended the fiscal year on September 30, with 307 projects in some area of product development. Most significantly, 223 professionals served as advisory committee members, task force members, field evaluators, and various roles as consultants.
PRODUCT-RELATED TRAINING AND PRESENTATIONS
During FY 2010, APH staff:
- provided product training and demonstrations for 19 state education agencies, 15 residential school programs, and 5 rehabilitation programs;
- participated in 155 product training presentations and exhibits, presented in 41 different venues, and exhibited products in 65 venues;
- provided product loans and/or onsite training for 15 university preparation programs;
- conducted 19 National Instructional Partnerships on APH products throughout the country; and
- conducted six webcasts on products in 2010, including a three-day Wilson Reading Program webcast for teachers serving as field testers for adapted Wilson materials being produced by APH.
DATABASES PROVIDE VALUABLE SERVICES
APH’s databases are "products" that provide consumers and service providers with valuable services, as follows:
- The Louis Database of Accessible Materials, used to locate accessible instructional materials for blind students, grew 46% in 2010. At year-end, it listed more than 365,500 books and electronic files in accessible formats from 140 organizations.
- The APH File Repository contains textbooks files for braille production and braille-ready files. It grew 8% in 2010 and now contains 6,596 electronic textbook files ready for braille production.
- The Accessible Media Producers Directory (AMP) enables those who need to locate accessible media producers with specific skills, certifications, or language abilities to find them in one convenient directory listing. AMP grew by 5% in 2010 and now lists information on 250 accessible media producers.
- The APH Tactile Graphic Image Library (TGIL) ended the year with 2,585 registered users representing all 50 states and several countries. In January 2010, we launched TGIL 2.0, with better contrast for easier viewing, automatic user registration, and the introduction of the Tactile Graphic Forum. The Forum gives users the ability to ask questions and get tips from other tactile graphic developers.
TEXTBOOKS – THE ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS
The Accessible Textbook Department celebrated its 10th anniversary as APH’s designated textbook department in 2010.
2010 highlights included the following:
- APH facilitated the transcription of 114 new braille textbook titles;
- we delivered 19,756 volumes (2,805,272 braille textbook pages) to students;
- we utilized 470 National Library Service (NLS) Certified Transcribers, Proofreaders, and Tactile Graphic Developers to transcribe textbooks — including 82 individuals, 28 groups that employ 253 individuals, and nine prison braille programs;
- we produced 704 new large print textbook titles — 525 in the APH Traditional Enlargement process and 179 in the APH Large Print process; and
- 935 unique tests were reviewed, edited, and produced in accessible media by APH staff, a 17% increase over the 800 in 2009.
SOCIAL MEDIA – COMMUNICATION PRODUCTS
We continued to expand APH’s social media presence. In 2010,
- we launched a new, updated Facebook page;
- we redesigned our YouTube Channel page;
- we have over 4,000 searchable articles posted to our "Fred’s Head from APH" blog;
- we redesigned our Twitter page for over 1,200 Twitter followers who receive short messages from APH each business day; and
- we created an APH page on Flickr, the photo sharing site.
RECORD SALES IN FY 2010
Again, for perspective, in last year’s state-of-the-company address, we stated, "For FY 2009, sales were $24 million, a 4.5% increase over 2008, and the highest total ever for APH." Well, we closed the books on FY 2010 on Sept. 30, 2010. Sales were $29,006,000 — up $5.9 million, 24% from our historic high in 2009!
DATA FROM THE FY 2010 FEDERAL QUOTA CENSUS
Data for 2010 regarding the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind indicate the number of eligible students registered was 59,341, a decrease of 14 from the number registered for FY 2009. The 2010 appropriation provided $320.18 per student for educational materials, a 5% increase over the $304.93 per capita allocation in 2009. Of the 59,341 students, 9% (5,411) were registered as braille readers, 27% (16,075) as visual readers, 8% (4,561) as auditory readers, 34% (20,268) as non-readers, and 22% (13,026) as pre-readers. Of this group, 83% (49,398) were registered by state departments of education, 9% (5,257) were registered by residential schools for the blind, 5% (3,065) were registered by rehabilitation programs, and 3% (1,621) were registered by programs for the multiply disabled.
APH’s 152nd year of service to the blind and visually impaired population of our country is in the books. It was a very good year, indeed. On behalf of the APH Board and administration, we close with a salute to the dedicated professionals in the field who assist us daily in the administration of the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind.
Charles Barr, M.D., Chairman
Tuck Tinsley III, Ed.D, President
2010 FORMAL MEETING OF EX OFFICIO TRUSTEES
The 142nd Formal Meeting of the Ex Officio Trustees of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) convened at 12:40 p.m., October 16, 2010, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The following conferees were present:
EX OFFICIO TRUSTEES
- Samuel Ace (AZ)
- Yvonne Ali (MO)
- Nancy Armstrong (VA)
- Melanie Austin (UT)
- Barbria Bacon (NC)
- Collette Bauman (MI)
- Michael Bina (MD)
- Madeleine Burkindine (KS)
- Joseph Catavero (NY)
- Gary Cusick (KY)
- Suzanne Dalton (FL)
- William Daugherty (TX)
- Robert Disher (OR)
- Jim Downs (GA)
- Karen Duffy (NE)
- Inge Durre (AZ)
- Jim Durst (IN)
- Leslie Durst (IN)
- Carmen Grove Suminski (ND)
- Melanie Hennessy (IL)
- Julie Kagy (NC)
- Marjorie Kaiser (SD)
- Jerry Kitzhoffer (PA)
- Teresa Lacy (AL)
- Linda Lyle (NM)
- Cheryl Manuel (KS)
- Paula Mauro (OH)
- Carol McCarroll (TN)
- Barbara McCarthy (VA)
- Marty McKenzie (SC)
- Cheryl Misialek (ND)
- Hollie Murdock (UT)
- Cathy Nadberazny (PA)
- Nancy Niebrugge (CA)
- Kristin Oien (MN)
- Marie Piquion-Leach (NC)
- Brent Pitt (TX)
- Rosie Pridgen (MS)
- Dorinda Rife (MA)
- Linda Rosendall (MD)
- Karen Ross (MA)
- Steven Rothstein (MA)
- Donna See (WV)
- Patsy Shank (WA)
- Bobby Simpson (LA)
- Frank Simpson (NY)
- Jean Small (ME)
- Lee Speer (SC)
- Margaret Stone (KY)
- Norma Villanueva (DC)
- Cynthia Watson (OK)
- Dan Wenzel (WI)
- Stuart Wittenstein (CA)
- Angyln Young (AR)
- Carl Augusto (NY, American Foundation for the Blind)
- Jane Erin (AZ, University of Arizona)
- Cay Holbrook (BC, University of British Columbia)
- Paul Lewis (FL)
- Sandy Lewis (FL, Florida State University)
- Annette Reichman (DC, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services-OSERS)
- Ralph Bartley
- Bill Beavin
- Janie Blome
- Scott Blome
- Bob Brasher
- Jack Decker
- Mary Nelle McLennan
- Gary Mudd
- Julia Myers
- Kathy Smiddy
- Jane Thompson
- Tuck Tinsley
- Debbie Willis
- Paul Zurkuhlen
MINUTES OF FORMAL MEETING
The meeting was opened with a welcome from Dr. Tuck Tinsley III, APH President and member of its Board of Trustees. Ex Officio Trustees, special guests, and APH staff in attendance introduced themselves and the organizations and departments they represented.
FOCUS ON USE OF APH’S REGISTRATION DATA
Dr. Tinsley requested that the major portion of the meeting focus on a plan to address inappropriate use of APH’s Federal Quota census registration data, rather than the provision of an overview of FY 2010 activities. Attendees approved the change in the meeting’s agenda.
In laying out concerns related to use of registration data, Dr. Tinsley provided the following information:
- In its March 2009 document, The Braille Literacy Crisis in America, the National Federation of the Blind states "Nearly 90 percent of America’s blind children are not learning to read and write because they are not being taught Braille or given access to it." While this statement may or may not be accurate, it cannot be substantiated using data from APH’s Federal Quota registration. The document attempts to use Federal Quota data to support the statement with the following sentence: "The American Printing House for the Blind estimates the Braille literacy rate among children to be around 10 percent." This statement is incorrect. Data collected by APH do not provide, and have never provided, an estimate of the braille literacy rate of children.
- These statements have been quoted in newsletters and other communications, including communications addressed to various legislative bodies, by a number of agencies and schools for the blind.
- Of the 59,355 students registered in the FY 2009 Federal Quota census, 5,560 (9%) were registered as "students primarily using braille in their studies," yet we do not know how many of these students were taught braille or how many were literate in braille. Likewise, 15,914 students (27%) were registered as "students primarily using print in their studies"; however, none may have been literate visual readers, all may have been literate visual readers, or half may have been literate braille readers. Also, from registration data, we cannot determine the number of students who should be taught using braille or print.
- The primary issue is that no research has been conducted to provide information to support or refute such statements.
Dr. Tinsley asked Jim Durst, Superintendent of the Indiana School for the Blind; Steven Rothstein, President of the Perkins School for the Blind; and Carl Augusto, President of the American Foundation for the Blind, to facilitate discussion of these concerns and of a plan to address them.
A very enthusiastic discussion resulted in agreement that research needs to be conducted as soon as possible to provide accurate data about the literacy level of students with visual impairments. Steven Rothstein agreed to chair a committee to develop a conceptual framework. Those agreeing to join him on the committee were Jim Durst, Carl Augusto, Cay Holbrook, Sandy Lewis, and Jane Erin.
APPROVAL OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORTS
Frank Simpson, Chairman of the Education Products Advisory Committee (EPAC) and Ex Officio Trustee representing the Lavelle School for the Blind, and Nancy Niebrugge, Chairman of the Education Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) and Ex Officio Trustee representing the Braille Institute of America, recognized the members of each of their committees and requested approval of the committees’ reports previously distributed to the Ex Officio Trustees. A motion to accept the reports as offered was made, seconded, and passed unanimously.
APPROVAL OF COMMITTEE NOMINEES
Michael Bina, Chairman of the Nominations Committee and Ex Officio Trustee representing the Maryland School for the Blind, presented the committee’s slate of nominees for advisory committee members and chairpersons for 2011, as follows:
- Stacy Grandt, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, as Chairman of EPAC;
- Gerald Kitzhoffer, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Overbrook School for the Blind, and Paula Mauro, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials, to serve three-year terms for EPAC;
- Suzanne Dalton, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Florida Instructional Materials Center, as the alternative committee member for EPAC;
- Marjorie Kaiser, Ex Officio Trustee representing the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, as the Chairman of ESAC;
- Patrick Clancy, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Iowa Braille & Sight Saving School, and James Olson, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Colorado Instructional Materials Center, to serve two-year terms for ESAC; and
- Barbara McCarthy, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Virginia Library and Resource Center and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, as the alternative committee member for ESAC.
A motion to accept the nominations as presented was made, seconded, and unanimously passed.
RECOGNITION OF RETIRING ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Bob Brasher and Janie Blome recognized Nancy Niebrugge and Frank Simpson as retiring chairmen of the Advisory Committees. Also recognized were the alternate members, Steven Rothstein and Angyln Young.
Dr. Tinsley made closing remarks and adjourned the 2010 Formal Meeting of the Ex Officio Trustees of APH at 1:45 p.m.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2010 APH ANNUAL MEETING
Jim Gibbons, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries International, presented the opening keynote address "Crossroads to Opportunity," for the 142nd Annual Meeting.
Christopher Migel (left) and Carl Augusto, AFB, (right) presented Tuck Tinsley with the American Foundation for the Blind Migel Medal, the highest honor in the field of blindness.
Time for Tea by Michael Delehanty Jr. from Whitehall Elementary School Whitehall, PA won Honorable Mention for Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades in the APH InSights Art Competition.
Each general session of the Annual Meeting was facilitated by Trustees. Linda Lyle (NM) and Sally Giittinger (NE) show off their “Girl Power” as they facilitate the first general session.
ESAC Chair Frank Simpson (NY) joined EPAC Chair Nancy Niebrugge (CA) to share highlights of the Advisory Committee reports.
Silvana Sung and Judith Lesner accepted the Creative Use of Braille award on behalf of the Lucky Touch Fortune Cookie, a student business venture of the California School for the Blind.
Drs. Rebecca Burnett and LaRhea Sanford (TN) were the recipients of the Virgil Zickel award for the Functional Vision/Learning Media Assessment.
Six direct service providers attended Annual Meeting for the first time after being chosen as APH Scholars. Scholars and their nominating Trustees are (l-r): Sally Giittinger and Scholar Mary Farris (NE), Karen Duffy and Scholar LeAnna McDonald (NE), Stephanie Bissonette and Scholar Liese Reagan (VT), Scholar Kay Workman (MO), Cheryl Misialek and Scholar Cindy Williams (ND), and Scholar Cath Tendler-Valencia (CA).
Dr. James Kutsch accepted the Hall of Fame plaque for inductee Morris Frank.
Fun and great information are on the menu at Tuck’s Diner Information Fair. Pictured is the Accessible Textbooks staff!
Mary Nelle McLennan, APH, was surprised by her many friends and family with a special engraved Wall of Tribute stone that appears in, and supports, the Hall of Fame.
Carl Augusto and Christopher Migel accepted the Hall of Fame plaque for inductee M.C. Migel.
Sixteen new Ex Officio Trustees attended an Orientation Breakfast during Annual Meeting. Front row (l-r): Melanie Hennessy (IL), Lee Speer (SC), Dorothe Mumford (DE), Norma Villanueva (District of Columbia), Marie Piquion-Leach (NC), Cheryl Manuel (KS), Kristen Oien (MN), and Mathis Calvin (NY). Back row (l-r): Bob Disher (OR), Nancy Armstrong (VA), Brent Pitt (TX), Cynthia “Pepper” Watson (OK), Hollie Murdock (UT), Samuel Ace (AZ), Bobby Simpson (LA), Gary Cusick (KY)
Janie Blome, APH, Marty McKenzie (SC), and Bob Brasher presented the closing session.
Cay Holbrook (BC) explains the uses of Building on Patterns during a product training session.
REPORTS FROM THE ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Reports from the Advisory Committees to the Ex Officio Trustees
of the American Printing House for the Blind for Fiscal Year 2010
FORMAL REPORT: 2010 NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE FOR EX OFFICIO TRUSTEE ADVISORY COMMITTEES
The members of the 2010 Nominations Committee are:
- Michael Bina, Chair, Maryland
- Jim Downs, Georgia
- Angyln Young, Arkansas
Members of the Committee are honored to have been asked to perform the important assignment of nominating Ex Officio Trustees to serve on APH’s two Advisory Committees.
The Educational Products Advisory Committee and the Educational Services Advisory Committee support APH in the organization’s continuous improvement process, focusing on providing quality products and services that effectively meet the needs of our field. Ex Officio Trustees benefit and contribute through service on the Advisory Committees; the experience is an opportunity to learn about APH and to impact our important work.
Advisory Committee members are nominated with the following in mind:
- Geographic representation;
- Representation from a variety of agencies eligible for Federal Quota Funds;
- Experience as an Ex Officio Trustee;
- No Advisory Committee experience in the last three years;
- Gender diversity;
- A willingness to accept the responsibilities of the membership;
- The members of the Nominations Committee may not self-nominate.
The 2010 Nominations Committee recommended the following slate that was unanimously approved at the Formal Meeting of the Ex Officio Trustees convened on October 16, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky:
EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Chair for a one-year term: Stacy Grandt, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
For three-year terms as committee members: Gerald Kitzhoffer, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Overbrook School for the Blind (PA); Paula Mauro, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (OH)
Alternate for a one-year term: Suzanne Dalton, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Florida State Department of Education
The full 2010-2011 Educational Products Advisory Committee will be: (The year preceding the name indicates the final year of regular committee tenure.)
- Chair—Stacy Grandt, Wisconsin
- 2011—Marty McKenzie, South Carolina
- 2011—Todd Reeves, Pennsylvania
- 2012—Gerald Kitzhoffer, Pennsylvania
- 2012—Paula Mauro, Ohio
- Alternate—Suzanne Dalton, Florida
THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Chair for a one-year term:
Marjorie Kaiser, Ex Officio Trustee representing the South Dakota School for the Blind
For two-year terms as committee members: Patrick Clancy, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Iowa Department of Education; James Olson, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Colorado Department of Education
Alternate for a one-year term: Barbara McCarthy, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
The full 2010-2011 Educational Services Advisory Committee will be: (The year preceding the name indicates the final year of regular committee tenure.)
- Chair—Marjorie Kaiser, South Dakota
- 2011—Sally Giittinger, Nebraska
- 2011—Jonn Paris-Salb, California
- 2012—Patrick Clancy, Iowa
- 2012—James Olson, Colorado
- Alternate—Barbara McCarthy, Virginia
The Nominations Committee thanks the new and returning Advisory Committee members and chairs for their willingness to serve. We encourage all interested Ex Officio Trustees to declare your interest to be a future Advisory Committee member; it is the single most important way to contribute as an Ex Officio Trustee.
Michael Bina, Chair
James Downs and Angyln Young, Members of the Nominations Committee
October 16, 2010
REPORT OF THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE TRUSTEES OF THE AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010
PURPOSE OF ESAC
The purpose of the Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) is to:
- Provide oversight and leadership in the planning, evaluation, and delivery of services.
- Identify new services needed.
- Assist the promotion of APH products through services, and
- Advise APH on general operations and communications as they relate to the accountability of services provided.
INTRODUCTION TO ESAC REPORT
In May of 2010 the Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) met in Louisville, Kentucky at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). The ESAC committee met to address the 2009 ESAC report and to develop commendations and recommendations. To assist with this endeavor, interactive presentations were made by APH’s administrative staff and ESAC committee members. These interactive presentations provided progress updates on the 2009 recommendations, operations and information on new initiatives.
ESAC COMMENDATIONS 2010
Consistent with the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind (1879), the committee commends APH for:
- Redesigning the APH home page, which will improve navigability, as well as provide new features, content, and visual appeal.
- Combining multiple APH catalogs into a main products catalog and a daily living skills catalog.
- Developing and distributing an effective Leaders to Leaders packet to help Ex Officio Trustees promote APH.
- Advancing national awareness of APH products through activities such as the "Teaching Tools for Students Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired" report to Congress on June 16, 2010, in Washington DC.
- Increasing the visibility of APH products by exhibiting at conferences and providing training, and creating the infrastructure at APH that facilitates this process.
- Hiring staff members who have specific technical expertise to address current and projected needs.
- Upgrading the Student Registration System (SRS) by adding functions such as primary instructional language and individual log-on.
- Increasing the capacity to provide information to the field by developing a plan for studio space and equipment to enhance distance learning opportunities.
- Acquiring the M.C. Migel Library and making significant progress within one year toward providing access to the collection.
ESAC RECOMMENDATIONS 2010
Consistent with the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind (1879), the committee recommends that APH:
- Continue to develop training materials such as web-based tutorials, guides, and distance learning to maximize the use of APH products.
- Consider using additional methods of data collection related to products that will provide APH with information regarding use and effectiveness.
- Use the expertise of the EOTs to support the APH mission by:
- sharing student success stories as they relate to APH products
- helping with APH exhibits
- promoting APH products and services through social media networks
- expanding the "train-the-trainer" model
- continuing to promote the Leaders to Leaders program.
- Establish criteria and priorities for participation by APH staff in conference exhibits.
- Develop a plan for cost effective dissemination of product information through a catalog format based on input from stakeholders.
- Continue with the redesign of the APH home page, and include links to other resources in the field in order to increase visibility and Google ranking.
- Collaborate with EOTs to identify additional agencies that serve eligible adult students who might benefit from APH products.
- Establish an APH/EOT task force to explore ways to increase deposits of files in Louis.
- Develop an evaluation tool that will help guide the selection of the APH Scholars.
Frank Simpson, Chair
Educational Services Advisory Committee
REPORT OF THE EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE TRUSTEES OF THE AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010
PURPOSE OF EPAC
The purpose of the Educational Products Advisory Committee (EPAC) is:
- To advise APH in establishing priorities, standards, and policies regarding publications and products.
- To review research and development priorities, suggest additional areas of interest, and advise APH staff on the prioritization of needs and projects.
- To review research and development progress and provide critiques and suggestions as needed.
- To review products under development and to consider approval of finished products for purchase with Federal Quota funds.
- To advise APH generally on topics relevant to the education and rehabilitation of persons who are blind and visually impaired.
- To advise APH in planning future initiatives based on innovative ideas and current trends.
- To advocate for and support the administration of the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind (1879) by APH.
- To facilitate communications and partnerships between APH and appropriate entities.
- To recommend parents, caregivers, students, clients, and professionals in the field to serve as subjects for research or field-test purposes, as project consultants, and/or as committee members.
- To help keep APH staff informed of trends or important discussions/debates occurring in the field.
INTRODUCTION TO EPAC REPORT
In April of 2010, the Educational Products Advisory Committee (EPAC) met for the ninth year as a formal advisory body to the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Committee members appreciated hearing the thoughtful responses and progress made on the recommendations from the previous year. The committee also appreciated the opportunity to take an in-depth tour of the production floor and modeling workshop. Information from the project leaders and staff was candid and thorough. It was exciting to hear about their individual dreams and aspirations for their work. The passion and commitment of the staff and administration was contagious. At every level, it is clear that this staff is supportive of one another. The EPAC would like to thank APH staff and administration for their hospitality, delicious meals, and attention to every detail. You make our work easy!
EPAC COMMENDATIONS 2010
The EPAC commends the American Printing House for the Blind for:
- Initiative shown by staff members who have undertaken a process of planning strategically, thereby setting and achieving aggressive deadlines, priorities, and goals. The end result of such planning is evidenced by a balanced, prioritized workload and the timely release of new products.
- Embedding data collection analysis, research, promising practices, and national standards throughout the development process. Examples include Tactile Town (data collection analysis and research) and MathBuilders (alignment to national standards). Additionally, the committee strongly commends APH for obtaining end-user feedback by sponsoring events such as the Tactile Graphics Readers Speak Out.
- Developing integrated products that demonstrate cross-departmental collaboration, such as the Early Braille Trade Books and Building on Patterns. The resulting products and website provide direct service providers exceptional tools for tracking braille contractions and selecting additional reading materials that are developmentally appropriate.
- Initiating research on the effectiveness of student use of electronic files in conjunction with large print or braille textbooks.
- Considering the needs of non-English speaking students in the future development of APH products and incorporating the native language question on the census form.
- Upgrading and expanding the Tactile Graphic Image Library by adding dedicated personnel, improving user instructions, incorporating a user forum, simplifying subject categories, and adding the ability to upload external and batched files.
- Their spirit of collaboration and their belief in possibilities. The excellent products of Book Port Plus™ and Braille+ Mobile Manager™ are evidence of the synergistic value of collaborating with external partners.
EPAC RECOMMENDATIONS 2010
The EPAC 2010 has elected to limit the number of recommendations in order to emphasize the critical need to address the following list of priorities.
The EPAC recommends that the American Printing House for the Blind:
- Responds to the concerns of the field of educators of students who are blind or have a visual impairment, who are frustrated with the delays in the development and production of Building on Patterns. The committee recognizes the progress APH has made on the development of the core components of Building on Patterns, resulting in expanding it from a tool to teach braille code into a fully integrated literacy program. However, since 2006 this committee has made strong recommendations with detailed timelines for completion. It is this committee’s expectation that all resources necessary be allocated at this time to the completion of Building on Patterns. As work on the units of grade two draws to a close it is further recommended that a transition plan be developed to address the ongoing need for enhancement of Building on Patterns and other literacy products.
Increase emphasis on the product development for children and adults with multiple disabilities by:
- Infusing the needs of this population into both new and existing products as appropriate and clearly identifying those product features in the catalog;
- Allocating dedicated resources to meet the specific needs of this growing population;
- Obtaining feedback from multi-disciplinary team members, in addition to professionals within the field of the education of persons with visual impairments, for field testing of products that have specific usefulness within this population.
- Increase braille production capacity to eliminate backlogs of textbook embossing. EPAC recognizes that APH has successfully committed resources to reduce the backlog in braille transcription as was previously recommended. A concomitant increase in production is now needed.
- Continue to emphasize product development pertinent to the Expanded Core Curriculum, with priority placed on Nemeth Braille and orientation and mobility products, and e-text files to accompany braille and large print textbooks.
Nancy Niebrugge, Chair
Educational Products Advisory Committee
ADDENDUM TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORTS, PROVIDED BY APH:
APH Products Approved for Purchase with Federal Quota Funds, FY 2010
- Book Port Plus™
- Child-Guided Strategies: The van Dijk Approach to Assessment
- CVI Complexity Sequences Kit
- Guitar Instruction-Audio
- Ink Jet Hook Paper
- O&M Family Booklet Software
- Tactile Town: 3-D O&M Kit
- The BEST for a NEST
DISTRIBUTION OF ELIGIBLE STUDENTS
Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 5, 2009 (FY2010)
AGENCIES RECEIVING FEDERAL QUOTA FUNDS
Agencies for the Education of the Visually Impaired in the United States Receiving Federal Quota Funds Due Under an Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, Fiscal Year 2010
Note: The agencies listed in this section are in the following order within each state: State Departments of Education, Schools for the Blind, Rehabilitation Programs, Programs for Students with Multiple Disabilities.
*Note: The abbreviation "PNP" means "Private, Non-profit."
|State and Agency||Pupils as of January 5, 2009||FY 2010 Allocation in Dollars|
|Alabama State Department of Education, Talladega||894||313,638.63|
|Alabama State Department of Education, *PNP, Talladega||78||27,510.54|
|Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Talladega||321||115,431.32|
|Alaska State Department of Education, Anchorage||158||56,440.25|
|American Samoa Department of Education, Pago Pago||13||4,553.75|
|Arizona State Department of Education, Phoenix||696||240,469.70|
|Arizona State Department of Education, PNP, Phoenix||236||86,491.43|
|Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Tucson||271||95,290.42|
|Arkansas State Department of Education, Sherwood||297||106,042.93|
|Arkansas State Department of Education, PNP, Sherwood||49||17,357.11|
|Arkansas School for the Blind, Little Rock||110||39,381.12|
|Lions World Services for the Blind, Little Rock||40||14,373.91|
|Conway Human Development Center, Conway||76||27,345.52|
|California Department of Education, Sacramento||5132||1,811,975.10|
|California Department of Education, PNP, Sacramento||833||302,766.12|
|California School for the Blind, Fremont||72||25,296.59|
|Braille Institute of America Inc, Los Angeles||68||23,847.47|
|Orientation Center for the Blind, Fremont||14||4,999.86|
|Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Springs||616||216,249.27|
|Colorado Department of Education, PNP, Colorado Springs||145||53,922.54|
|Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Colorado Springs||69||24,128.46|
|Rehabilitation Center, Denver||19||6,985.04|
|Board of Education & Services for the Blind, Windsor||656||234,688.16|
|Board of Education & Services for the Blind, PNP, Windsor||5||1,828.37|
|Oak Hill School, Hartford||20||7,194.59|
|Connecticut State Department of Developmental Services, Hartford||82||29,954.24|
|State Department of Education, PNP, New Castle||21||7,497.10|
|Division for the Visually Impaired, New Castle||166||59,547.18|
|District of Columbia|
|District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington||106||38,823.50|
|District of Columbia Department of Human Services, Washington||8||2,931.60|
|Florida State Department of Education, Tampa||1805||646,935.20|
|Florida State Department of Education, PNP, Tampa||81||28,932.62|
|Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Augustine||196||68,542.84|
|Division of Blind Services, Daytona Beach||47||16,104.09|
|Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Miami||36||13,195.29|
|Conklin Centers for the Blind, Daytona Beach||34||12,138.34|
|Georgia State Department of Education, Clarkston||1135||402,727.13|
|Georgia State Department of Education, PNP, Clarkston||11||4,029.17|
|Georgia Academy for the Blind, Macon||99||34,825.64|
|Center for the Visually Impaired, Atlanta||68||24,812.33|
|East Central Regional Hospital, Gracewood||4||1,456.49|
|Guam Department of Education, Hagatña||25||9,160.47|
|Hawaii Department of Education, Honolulu||177||62,213.60|
|Hawaii Department of Education, PNP, Honolulu||25||8,460.01|
|Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind, Honolulu||3||1,009.22|
|Idaho State Department of Education, Gooding||250||89,129.09|
|Idaho State Department of Education, PNP, Gooding||3||1,059.57|
|Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind, Gooding||23||8,344.12|
|Idaho Commission for the Blind, Boise||17||6,155.87|
|Idaho State School and Hospital||4||1,385.94|
|Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago||1825||641,440.47|
|Illinois State Board of Education, PNP, Chicago||552||191,070.08|
|Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, Jacksonville||108||39,436.72|
|The Hadley School for the Blind, Winnetka||1000||360,459.93|
|The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Chicago||287||103,566.44|
|Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education—Wood, Chicago||30||10,776.17|
|The Hope School, Springfield||13||4,541.21|
|Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis||708||253,485.09|
|Indiana Department of Education, PNP, Indianapolis||11||4,041.03|
|Indiana School for the Blind, Indianapolis||111||40,533.96|
|Indiana Department of Education—Adult Students, Indianapolis||78||27,760.76|
|Iowa Department of Education, Vinton||448||161,506.65|
|Iowa Department of Education, PNP, Vinton||4||1,468.90|
|Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Vinton||10||3,540.96|
|Iowa Department for the Blind, Glenwood||9||2,957.40|
|Glenwood Resource Center, Glenwood||34||12,276.35|
|Kansas State Board of Education, Kansas City||477||169,413.77|
|Kansas State Board of Education, PNP, Kansas City||140||50,540.10|
|Kansas State School for the Blind, Kansas City||43||15,336.22|
|Services for the Blind, Topeka||3||1,066.72|
|Kentucky Department of Education, Louisville||542||191,191.29|
|Kentucky Department of Education, PNP, Louisville||45||16,355.08|
|Kentucky School for the Blind, Louisville||54||19,292.01|
|Kentucky Department for the Blind, Louisville||26||8,822.74|
|Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge||318||112,080.64|
|Louisiana Department of Education, PNP, Baton Rouge||3||1,090.82|
|Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired||74||27,004.84|
|Louisiana Center for the Blind, Ruston||108||38,923.98|
|The Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans Inc., New Orleans||3||1,109.43|
|Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Bangor||163||56,092.09|
|Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, PNP, Bangor||17||6,303.34|
|Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore||740||260,976.76|
|Maryland State Department of Education, PNP, Baltimore||129||44,377.64|
|The Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore||154||55,311.36|
|Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Riverdale||97||34,394.31|
|Massachusetts Department of Education, Malden||1296||459,352.68|
|Massachusetts Department of Education, PNP, Malden||67||23,595.08|
|Perkins School for the Blind—Infants and Toddlers, Watertown||345||123,201.06|
|The Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton||24||8,551.34|
|Massachusetts Association for the Blind, Brookline||16||5,850.78|
|Walter E. Fernald State School, Waltham||41||14,839.77|
|Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Boston||461||166,924.05|
|Perkins School for the Blind—School Programs, Watertown||157||56,786.35|
|Michigan Department of Education, Flint||1961||699,954.26|
|Michigan Department of Education, PNP, Flint||10||3,551.24|
|Visually Handicapped Services/Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Detroit||13||4,732.26|
|Michigan Commission for the Blind Training Center, Kalamazoo||220||77,601.24|
|Minnesota Department of Education, Roseville||772||276,286.89|
|Minnesota Department of Education, PNP, Roseville||10||3,662.95|
|Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, Faribault||48||17,367.15|
|Blind, Inc., Minneapolis||14||5,138.05|
|Vision Loss Resources, Minneapolis||21||7,685.30|
|Mississippi State Department of Education, Jackson||197||69,106.69|
|Mississippi School for the Blind, Jackson||73||25,670.34|
|Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, Jackson||16||5,756.49|
|Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, St. Louis||932||329,679.26|
|Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, PNP, St. Louis||194||69,041.96|
|Missouri School for the Blind, St. Louis||67||23,914.77|
|Alphapointe Association for the Blind, Kansas City||31||11,342.10|
|Missouri Family Support Division||27||9,085.99|
|Montana State Department of Public Instruction, Great Falls||187||66,125.63|
|Montana State Department of Public Instruction, PNP, Great Falls||8||2,821.39|
|Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind, Great Falls||15||5,249.08|
|Nebraska State Department of Education, Nebraska City||399||140,538.98|
|Nebraska State Department of Education, PNP, Nebraska City||3||1,097.02|
|Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Nebraska City||14||4,953.30|
|Nevada Department of Education, Carson City||338||121,509.50|
|New Hampshire Department of Education, Concord||136||49,961.43|
|New Hampshire Department of Education, PNP, Concord||18||6,693.83|
|New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Newark||1547||543,988.53|
|St. Joseph’s School for the Blind/Concordia Learning Center, Jersey City||129||46,466.84|
|New Mexico State Department of Education, Alamogordo||538||189,293.01|
|New Mexico State Department of Education, PNP, Alamogordo||13||4,520.18|
|New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped, Alamogordo||88||30,517.38|
|New York State Education Department, Batavia||2762||981,146.73|
|New York State Education Department, PNP, Batavia||1159||418,201.78|
|Lavelle School for the Blind, Bronx||111||40,376.45|
|The New York Institute for Special Education, Bronx||112||39,515.21|
|New York State School for the Blind, Batavia||57||20,416.48|
|Helen Keller National Center||30||10,951.80|
|North Carolina Department of Public Education, Raleigh||1096||386,336.80|
|North Carolina Department of Public Education, PNP, Raleigh||401||145,870.58|
|The Governor Morehead School, Raleigh||336||118,194.23|
|Division of Services for the Blind, Raleigh||23||8,429.12|
|Department of Public Instruction, Grand Forks||165||59,424.57|
|Department of Public Instruction, PNP, Grand Forks||13||4,753.76|
|North Dakota School for the Blind, Grand Forks||71||25,633.11|
|Northern Mariana Islands|
|Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) Department of Education||15||5,472.70|
|Ohio State Department of Education, Columbus||1474||516,194.49|
|Ohio State Department of Education, PNP, Columbus||16||5,522.99|
|Ohio State School for the Blind, Columbus||90||31,764.31|
|Oklahoma Department of Education, Oklahoma City||522||179,154.80|
|Oklahoma School for the Blind, Muskogee||81||29,332.70|
|Oregon Department of Education, Salem||622||220,130.56|
|Oregon Department of Education, PNP, Salem||32||11,751.21|
|Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg||1660||587,537.92|
|Pennsylvania Department of Education, PNP, Harrisburg||21||7,437.80|
|Overbrook School for the Blind, Philadelphia||402||146,301.69|
|Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Pittsburgh||177||62,635.41|
|Blind And Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, Homestead||33||11,681.89|
|Royer-Greaves School for the Blind, Downingtown||28||10,199.83|
|Puerto Rico Department of Education, San Juan||693||246,972.90|
|Puerto Rico Department of Education, PNP, San Juan||11||4,010.00|
|Instituto Loaiza Cordero para Niños Ciegos, San Juan||73||25,481.61|
|Rehabilitation Center for the Blind of Puerto Rico, San Juan||27||9,835.96|
|Rhode Island Department of Education, Providence||122||43,559.65|
|Rhode Island Department of Education, PNP, Providence||47||16,608.49|
|South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia||472||169,105.43|
|South Carolina School for the Deaf, Blind, and Multihandicapped, Columbia||229||78,731.89|
|South Carolina Commission for the Blind, Columbia||15||5,327.35|
|South Carolina School for the Deaf, Blind, and Multihandicapped, PNP, Columbia||58||21,008.20|
|South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Columbia||491||174,507.13|
|South Dakota Department of Education, Pierre||76||27,528.55|
|South Dakota School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Aberdeen||142||51,077.79|
|South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, Sioux Falls||4||1,405.22|
|Tennessee State Department of Education, Nashville||817||287,768.25|
|Tennessee State Department of Education, PNP, Nashville||42||15,364.51|
|Tennessee School for the Blind, Nashville||147||50,400.36|
|Texas Education Agency, Austin||4840||1,732,918.89|
|Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin||127||46,055.65|
|The Lighthouse for the Blind of Houston, Houston||51||18,420.39|
|Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, Austin||47||15,606.24|
|Texas Department of Mental Health-Mental Retardation, Austin||706||250,395.72|
|Utah State Office of Education, Ogden||486||172,170.24|
|Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Ogden||220||80,342.83|
|Vermont State Department of Education, South Burlington||139||50,202.17|
|Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Thomas||22||7,535.27|
|Virginia Department of Education, Richmond||1053||376,095.35|
|Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind—Staunton, Staunton||44||15,830.78|
|Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Richmond||72||25,491.82|
|Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, PNP, Richmond||17||5,958.31|
|Washington State Department of Public Instruction, Vancouver||944||337,398.88|
|Washington State Department of Public Instruction, PNP, Vancouver||87||31,941.05|
|Washington State School for the Blind, Vancouver||59||21,293.43|
|West Virginia State Department of Education, Romney||250||88,273.63|
|West Virginia State Department of Education, PNP, Romney||2||725.14|
|West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Romney||78||28,331.71|
|Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Janesville||769||274,962.55|
|Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, PNP, Janesville||22||7,702.98|
|Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped & Educational Services for the Visually Impaired, Janesville||47||17,199.40|
|Wyoming Department of Education, Riverton||96||34,548.55|
|Wyoming Department of Education, PNP, Riverton||64||23,100.53|
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