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2019 Newsletters

  • January: 2019 Hall of Fame Nominations are Now Being Accepted

    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.

  • February: Accessibility in Technology — Code Jumper

    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.

  • March: Introducing Jupiter: Magnify the World!

    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.

  • April: Braille Trail Reader LE—Starting the Journey to Braille Literacy

    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.

  • May: Get the Most Out of BrailleBlaster™

    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!

  • June: Have What You Need for the Next School Year?

    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.

  • September: Time is Running Out: Spend Your Quota Dollars Before September 30, 2019!

    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.

2018 Newsletters

  • January: Accessibility in Technology

    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.

  • February: Treasures from the APH Libraries

    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.

  • March: Statement Regarding Availability of Orbit Reader 20

    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.

  • April: Nomination Deadline Extended!

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

  • May: APH “Phase-Gate” New Product Development Process

    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.

  • June: Announcing Math Robot™ for the iPhone

    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.

  • July: Thriving with Vision Loss

    “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

  • August: Annual Meeting 2018

    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.

  • September: APH Press Ironing the Details

    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.

  • October: Orbit Reader is Available for Everyone

    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.

  • November: The 150th Annual Meeting

    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.

  • December: From Arcan Ridge to APH

    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.