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About APH Press

What We Do

APH Press is a scholarly press which supports the mission of the American Printing House for the Blind: “Empowering people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative products, materials, and services for lifelong success.”

The Press fulfills its role by publishing informative, well-researched, and innovative texts which allow people of all abilities to maximize their potential in society. The audience for our books includes people who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and the professionals who support them. Our authors, for the most part, are practitioners—people who have years of direct experience working with clients in a clinical setting or educating future professionals at colleges and universities.

APH Press is the leading publisher in the field of blindness and visual impairment. From books on CVI and orientation and mobility to aging and access technology, APH Press publishes top educational materials to support teachers, parents, and other educators and care providers.

APH Press provides more texts for college and university programs and more professional books on visual impairment than any other publisher in the field and is a catalyst in developing and encouraging new authors and scholarship.

APH Press is also widely recognized as the publisher of the award-winning Foundations series, the leading university textbooks on visual impairment used by special education and vision rehabilitation programs both in the United States and abroad. APH Press publications can be purchased in the APH Store.

APH Press Staff

  • Heather Spence

    Heather Spence

    APH Press Director

    Heather Spence joined APH Press in late 2020 although her career with the Press actually started in 2010 when the Press was still at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Heather worked at AFB for over a decade in various roles including Business Systems Manager and Product Fulfillment and Customer Service Manager. Heather has two decades of experience working with nonprofits. As APH Press Director, Heather oversees the strategic and financial goals of APH Press. Heather resides in Sandusky, Ohio with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time outdoors.

  • Michael L. Jones

    Michael L. Jones

    APH Press Managing Editor

    Michael oversees the editorial development and peer review process for APH Press titles. Michael began his career at APH in 2019 as a research assistant. Prior to joining APH, Michael spent more than 20 years as a journalist. He is also an award-winning author. His second book, Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee, won the 2015 Samuel Thomas Book Award from the Louisville Historical League as best local history. In 2019, he co-curated the Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky exhibition at the Frazier History Museum.