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2023 Newsletters

  • Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions of African Americans to the United States. We spoke with Denna Lambert, a project manager at NASA, to learn more about her story and perspective on this important time of year. Read Denna’s blog.

  • To celebrate National Braille Literacy Month, we’re talking about our eBRF project, which will lead to a new braille file standard, transforming the way students access braille and tactile graphics. Read our eBRF blog for project updates and to learn about the impact of this revolutionary innovation.

2022 Newsletters

  • Do you, your children, or your students have artwork you would like to submit for the 2023 InSights Art competition? The deadline is March 31, 2023, which is quickly approaching!

  • We want to thank all our attendees for making APH’s 154th Annual Meeting one to remember. Read this Annual Meeting blog to learn about the highlights from this conference. We look forward to seeing you in Louisville in 2023.

  • Orientation and Mobility (O&M) play a vital role in the Expanded Core Curriculum, helping learners of all ages achieve independence. Read the blogs O&M Bookshelf and Building Your Orientation and Mobility Toolkit to find related books and products that aid in student success.

  • Welcome to the start of the new school year! Ex Officio Trustees (EOTs) have only one week to spend the Federal Quota Dollars in their accounts to ensure a successful school year for the students we serve.

  • After two years of hosting Annual Meeting virtually, we are thrilled to invite guests to gather in-person for APH’s 154th Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY, from October 5-7!

  • APH Press publishes educational content, including textbooks for teacher preparatory programs, in the field of blindness and visual impairment to support teachers, families, and other professionals. Check out our line of Foundations textbooks to learn how to best assist students and clients.

  • Is your child ready to have some summer camp fun? Join us for the 2022 Virtual ExCEL Camp from June through August. Learn more and register for ExCEL Camp today.

  • It’s that time in the spring semester to update or create new IEPs for the next school year. We’ve compiled a list of accommodations to consider for your students during these meetings. Read our blog, Tips for Classroom Accommodations, to learn more.

  • Calling all future coders! APH and our partners are pleased to present the 2022 National Coding Symposium. This event connects parents, teachers, and students who are blind and have low vision with professionals and organizations in the coding industry, such as LinkedIn, Apple, Google, Vispero, Amazon, NVDA, Yahoo, HumanWare, Tetralogical, APH, and many more.

  • The InSights Art 2022 season is in full swing! Artists have until April 22, 2022 to send in their original artworks.

  • Tactile literacy skills help students as they learn to read braille and understand maps, graphs, and advanced geometry. Read our Building Your Tactile Literacy Toolkit blog to discover related APH products for your classroom, and check out the blog An Inside Look at the TGIL to learn how you can obtain free tactile graphics for students.

  • Happy Braille Literacy Month!

    We’re expanding our offerings of braille technology products for students of all ages. Learn about our current products, the products to come, and our plans for the future by reading our blog Looking Forward: Our Braille Technology Roadmap.

2021 Newsletters

  • Lots of new faces have joined our Outreach Services team as Regional Specialists. Read our Outreach Services blog to learn about how they are working alongside the rest of the team to support educators across the US.

  • Change your students’ understanding of math concepts, from obtuse to acute, with APH’s plethora of math products and resources. Read our Building Your Math Toolkit blog to find what you need for your classroom.

  • It’s never too soon to begin making a list and checking it twice. However, sometimes, it might be difficult to find the perfect gift for a child or adult who is blind or visually impaired. Read our blog Gifts for Everyone on Your List for some suggestions.

  • We had hoped to see everyone in-person at this year’s Annual Meeting, but alas, just like 2020, the universe had other plans. The health and well-being of all attendees and APH staff is our top priority, so we will again host this year’s Annual Meeting virtually.

  • Music is all around us. Read our Building Your Music Toolkit blog to discover a variety of APH products, resources, lessons, and activities to help your student learn about and practice this beautiful form of creative expression.

  • It’s time to get moving! Whether you are walking, running, or jumping rope, APH offers a plethora of products that can adapt physical activities to meet the needs of students who are blind and visually impaired. Read our Building Your Physical Education Toolkit blog to learn more.

  • We are excited to announce the release of a new magnification solution for students and adults who have low vision. Juno is a powerful handheld video magnifier with Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

  • Before your students leave for summer vacation, it’s important to prepare for the coming year by stocking up on some essential APH products.

  • Art shows us how others experience the world. Adaptive tools enable individuals who are blind and visually impaired to add their unique worldview to new masterpieces. Draw, color, paint, and create all year long with APH’s Building Your Fine Arts Toolkit blog.

  • It’s that time of year again! Whether your student is preparing for testing season, or you are an educator planning to administer one, APH has you covered. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our Accessible Tests Department creates tests for your students by reading our Making Standardized Tests Accessible blog. Our Building Your Student Testing Toolkit blog provides a list of APH products that may be used during different testing situations to level the playing field for students with visual impairments. We hope these resources will assist you and your student in achieving success. Happy testing!

  • Low vision is a spectrum with each student requiring specific resources to meet their needs. Read our Building Your Low Vision Toolkit blog for product suggestions to make your student’s academic and daily living experiences more accessible.

  • Success in education and life begins with six dots. During Braille Literacy Month, we’re jamming out to these songs to celebrate.

    Need assistance finding great resources to teach braille? Visit our Building Your Braille Literacy Toolkit blog for helpful solutions. Also, learn how to create accessible BRF files for your students by checking out our Everyday Braille with BrailleBlaster, Mantis Q40, and Chameleon 20 blog post.

2020 Newsletters

  • On November 12, 2020, APH President, Dr. Craig Meador, was honored as one of Louisville, Kentucky’s Most Admired CEOs by Louisville Business First. The leadership team at APH recommended Dr. Meador for this award. Read an excerpt from the nomination letter written by Anne Durham, our Vice President/Chief Officer of Innovation and Strategy, below.

    “Dr. Meador has shown us that when we make business and mission decisions from the perspective of building a world that works for people who are blind, we show the world how to break down the barriers that allow everyone to participate. This is the kind of leadership that all companies need right now, and leadership that Louisville can be proud is being grown at home and demonstrated around the world.”

  • We would like to thank the over 1,300 people who participated in APH’s first-ever virtual Annual Meeting on October 7-9, 2020. The theme, “Better Together,” proved very timely for this year as both presenters and attendees discussed new products and solutions for assisting students and adults who are blind and visually impaired during the pandemic. APH President, Dr. Craig Meador, also reminded everyone of the importance of their work as it relates to civil rights and social justice.If you missed Annual Meeting or just want to look back on this influential event, visit our Annual Meeting website, where you can watch recordings of all of the Annual Meeting sessions or download the session presentations and product brochures to share with others.

  • We are excited to connect with all of you on October 7-9, 2020 for APH’s 152nd Annual Meeting. Although we won’t be gathering together this year in Louisville, APH is committed to creating a one-of-a-kind, informative, and fun virtual Annual Meeting for all attendees.

  • 2020 Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open!

    Are you ready for the APH Annual Meeting? Registration will be open soon. Watch your email – we will send a link once the site is ready for you to register.

    While we will miss seeing you in Louisville, we know that once you see our sessions and events, you’ll be excited about spending October 7-9 with us virtually.

  • Be Your Own emBOSSer

    We’re blasting through braille barriers with two NEW embossers available on quota from APH! Easily emboss the documents you need for work or school with PageBlaster™ and PixBlaster™. These embossers use APH’s free braille transcription program, BrailleBlaster, to produce high-quality interpoint braille and tactile graphics. Learn more and order today!

  • Preorder Your LEGO Braille Bricks Today!

    The world of play just got even better for children who are blind and visually impaired. Developed by the LEGO Foundation and distributed by APH, LEGO Braille Bricks are a playful tool that teaches braille. Studs on the bricks correspond to numbers and letters in braille. A printed version of the letter or number is also included on each brick. Use LEGO Braille Bricks to learn the braille alphabet, practice spelling and punctuation, and complete basic math problems.

    APH is accepting preorders for LEGO Braille Bricks from our educational audience now. Teachers, contact your state’s Ex Officio Trustee (EOT) to request LEGO Braille Bricks for your students. Not sure who your EOT is? Search the APH Trustee Directory for the EOTs in your state.

    Go to to learn more and discover related activities that integrate LEGO Braille Bricks into braille instruction.

  • It’s Here! The Mantis Q40™ is Now Available for Sale!

    Keep braille at your fingertips anytime, anywhere with the Mantis Q40, a Bluetooth® keyboard and 40-cell refreshable braille display. With the Mantis Q40, users no longer need to choose between a keyboard or a braille device – at the same time a student or professional is typing on the Mantis, the refreshable braille below the keyboard is providing a multimodal braille complement to the screen reader, making it easier to participate in, and succeed at, school or work. The Mantis can be used as a host or stand-alone device. Connect to other devices via USB or Bluetooth, or use the Mantis by itself to read books, edit and manage files, check the date and time, and make basic mathematical calculations.

  • Virtual ExCEL Summer Camp

    With the expectations that restrictions regarding gatherings of large groups and summer camps will be extended into the summer, we are offering the Inaugural Virtual ExCEL Camp from mid-June through mid-August.

  • COVID-19 and its Effects on the APH Community

    We are dedicated to keeping our employees and customers safe during this difficult time. Due to COVID-19, our office is open and doing business, but our staff is working from home. We are currently holding shipments to schools and agencies that may be closed, unless you tell us you are open and ready to receive them. Read our blog to find out about current updates and ways you can learn and engage during this time of staying safe at home.

  • Be one of the first to get your hands on this revolutionary new product developed by APH and HumanWare! Consisting of a full-size QWERTY keyboard and a built-in, 40-cell refreshable braille display; the Mantis ensures that students and professionals don’t have to sacrifice the use of braille when typing on a keyboard. Learn more about the Mantis Q40 and subscribe to the waiting list.

  • There are few things more frustrating than having spent all your quota funds, only to learn that APH has launched a brand-new incredible product, and you have to wait until next quota season to order.  So, we’re excited to share a peek at some coming-soon products, set to launch before the end of the 2020 quota season.

    Learn what new products are in the pipeline…

  • The New Year has arrived and ushers in the availability of a new, accessible computer coding and programming tool for students who are blind or visually impaired – Code Jumper!

    What is Code Jumper?

2019 Newsletters

  • We are pleased to announce that Code Jumper, the newest tool designed to teach children who are blind or visually impaired the basics of coding, will be available for purchase in January 2020. Read Code Jumper for Sale in January 2020 at

  • Our family of quota magnifiers just welcomed another addition – Jupiter Portable Magnifier™! Jupiter’s easy-to-use, powerful HD magnification is perfect for users of all ages, whether in the classroom, at work, at home, or in the rehab setting for those experiencing vision loss.

  • We’re extremely honored to host the Lieutenant Governor of Washington, Cyrus Habib, as the keynote speaker of our 151st Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. He will be speaking at our opening session on Thursday, October 10.

  • Ex-Officio Trustees have until 4:00 p.m. on September 30 to spend their federal quota dollars. Equip your students with learning tools and products that will enhance their chances of success in and outside of the classroom.

  • Before you throw on your flip flops and head to the beach, be sure to get the most out of your quota dollars, and rest easy during summer break knowing your items will arrive before the start of the next school year.

  • To help you get the most out of BrailleBlaster, we will release some important “how-to’s” in a series of short tutorial videos, beginning May 6. Be sure to subscribe to the APH Youtube page for release notifications. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check your email for other special announcements and BrailleBlaster tidbits in the coming weeks!

  • The Braille Trail Reader is loaded with features to start students on their path to literacy by providing them with high-quality refreshable braille necessary to prepare them for for the more advanced refreshable braille displays they can expect to use later in life.

  • 3.2.1. – Blast off! The Jupiter Portable Magnifier is now available from American Printing House! Jupiter is a sleek, compact device that helps users of all ages who are visually impaired see the world in high definition.

  • We are excited to announce Code Jumper™ – the newest innovation to assist children, regardless of their level of vision, in learning computer coding and programming skills through a unique, physical system. Developed by Microsoft® and distributed by APH, this educational toy bridges the skills gap and opens up the world of coding to every student.

  • The Hall Board encourages you to nominate, or renominate, a worthy hero, and requests that you help us by widely sharing this announcement — through personal emails, listserves, newsletters, blogs, Tweets, Facebook accounts, etc.

    Thank you for participating in YOUR Hall of Fame nomination process! The nomination process will close Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

2018 Newsletters

  • Just before Thanksgiving, our museum at the American Printing House for the Blind unveiled a new, temporary exhibit featuring an international treasure of a well-known activist and icon: Helen Keller’s writing desk now holds a prominent position as you enter the museum.

    Click the button below to read the complete December 2018 newsletter.

  • The 150th Annual Meeting Celebrates 160 Years of APH! Each year for 150 years, Ex Officio Trustees of the American Printing House for the Blind have journeyed to Louisville, Kentucky for the APH Annual Meeting.

  • It’s been a long journey, and the trials of bringing the Orbit Reader 20 to market were many, but those days are behind us. Cultivating a new technology always takes time, and this project was no exception.

  • The new APH Press has now completed its second month of operations as we embark on producing new publications while continuing the legacy of AFB Press.

  • Please join us as we celebrate the 2018 Annual Meeting of APH Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests on October 4-6, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in beautiful downtown Louisville.

  • “Your site has been an invaluable resource for my family and myself. I am so thankful that you guys take the time to compile information for families that would be impossible to find elsewhere.” – A parent speaking of FamilyConnect

  • Great news for teachers and students! The newest version of Math Robot is now available on the iPhone. Now your students can practice math drills anywhere, anytime.

  • APH has developed a revised “Phase-Gate” New Product Development (NPD) process. This process allows stakeholders to approve or reject projects at many points through the entire development process, resulting in a more efficient model that allows more strategic input across the life of the product idea.

  • The 2018 nomination process for the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field will be open through April 30!

  • Thank you for your interest in the Orbit Reader 20. This refreshable braille display is the result of a partnership of the members of the Transforming Braille Group. Launched earlier this year, the Orbit Reader reduces the cost of refreshable braille, making it affordable to those who may not have been able to enjoy this technology previously.

  • Over 1,300 in-copyright items from the APH Migel Collection are now available for digital check-out from Open Library. Formerly available only in Daisy format, these items can be borrowed digitally for two weeks with a free Open Library digital library card account.

  • APH President and longtime educator, Dr. Craig Meador, along with Cecily Morrison, Microsoft Researcher and Project Leader for Code Jumper, revealed the product and discussed the partnership on the Microsoft Schools Theater stage in London at the BETT Show.

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