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APH NewsNovember 2022

Annual Meeting 2022 Wrap Up

Annual Meeting keynote speaker Dr. M. Leona Godin addresses a crowd from a stage decorated with APH branding colors.

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.

Mark your Calendars for GivingTuesday!

November 28 is GivingTuesday, a day for supporting organizations with a mission you believe in. We hope you’ll consider making a contribution in support of our goal to create the world’s most inclusive museum. Bookmark our fundraising page and set a reminder to give!

Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays will be here before you know it. Read the Gifts for Everyone on Your List blog and listen to the latest episode of Change Makers (00:38:51 to the end) to find the perfect gift for children and adults who are blind or have low vision. While you shop, be sure to check out this FamilyConnect blog to discover ways you can support businesses and creators who are blind or have low vision. Interested in purchasing a piece of assistive technology for someone on your list? Join the Technology User Group at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled for a presentation on November 5.

Welcome New EOTs

EOTs play an integral role, making sure APH products get into the hands of the students who need them. We’re excited to welcome the following new EOTs to the APH family:

  • Michelle Wagner – Ohio
  • Jared Kittelson – Arizona
  • Charles Eric Yarberry – Arkansas

New Products

APH is excited to announce the release of the following new products:

Code Jumper Puzzles

A tablet sitting on a table displaying the Code Jumper Puzzle – A Day at the Amusement Park. On the tablet’s screen is an image of CJ, a blue cat-like creature riding a roller coaster with a box of popcorn in one and hand the other hand up in the air. Code Jumper pods lay on the table surrounding the tablet.

If you own a Code Jumper, play and solve the new Code Jumper puzzles available for download now from the Code Jumper shopping page and the Code Jumper Website.

Join CJ, a cat-like alien from planet Jumpiter, as they adventure across eight new and exciting puzzles to learn more about Earth. The adventures incorporate coding activities such as: algorithms, loops, sequences, constants, and more. Each puzzle is free and available in accessible PDF, BRF, and audio files.

APH developed these student-focused “choose your own adventure” type of puzzles so that users can use them independently, with little instructor intervention.

U.S. Puzzle Map Unavailable

Due to unexpected quality issues with parts needed to complete the U.S. Puzzle Map, this product is unavailable for purchase. APH is currently exploring other options to make this product available once again. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Obsolete Item: Bold Line Graph Sheets

The Bold Line Graph Sheets: 0.5 Inch Squares, Coordinate Axes (1-04061-00) has been discontinued.

Get Involved!

Volunteers Needed for a Telephone Survey About Self-Driving Cars

Attention, individuals over 18 who are blind and have low vision. Researchers at the Envision Research Institute at Wichita State University are conducting a research study to investigate individuals’ perception and information needs for self-driving car interaction. Participation involves a 40–60 minute telephone survey. If you are interested, please, email Kayla Schmidt at Kayla.Schmidt@envisionus.com or call her at 316-440-1509. Participants will also receive a $20 VISA gift card.

Science Teachers and TVIs: Be a Field Tester for the Tactile Chemical Bonding Kit

Two subunits representing sodium and chloride ions are shown interlocked together, similar to how puzzle pieces connect.

APH is seeking field testers for the Tactile Chemical Bonding Kit. The prototype includes interlocking subunits representing positively and negatively charged ions that can form ionic bonds with each other. The ions are identified by their element name, symbol, and atomic number in large print and braille.

The deadline to complete this field test opportunity survey is November 21, 2022. If you would like to be included in the APH field tester database, please complete the APH Field Tester Form.

Educational Corner

Science Teachers and TVIs, Order Your SALS today!

The SALS probe is held in a student's hand with the light detecting tip immersed in a flask filled with colored liquid. A cell phone image is on the right and shows the home screen of the SALS app with two saved sample tones.

SALS is the Submersible Audio Light Sensor, a device that can increase your students’ independence in the science lab. The SALS probe converts detected light to a tone with a waterproof wand and the free iOS® or Android™ app downloaded to your smart device. High light gives rise to a high-pitched tone, and lower light causes a lower-pitched tone. Detecting light changes is one way that students can determine whether a chemical reaction has taken place. For example, a change in the color of a pH indicator or the formation of a precipitate can change light levels in a test tube or beaker. The SALS probe also detects differences in reflectivity of solid surfaces, such as comparing rocks of different shades of gray. The iOS and Android SALS apps are fully functional with the VoiceOver and TalkBack features. Check out the SALS product page for testimonials from our field testers along with links to accessible files of ten activities appropriate for the SALS probe.

Arts and Crafts for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. Read the Arts and Crafts for the Holidays blog to discover fun activities for young visually impaired artists and their families to do together.

The Buzz: News from the APH Hive

Health is Meaningful Living: A Focus on Sex Education

Cover of Health Education textbook. Graphic of honeycomb and three bees at the bottom. Text reads "Health is Meaningful Living: A Focus on Sex Education. Presented by Erica Fundelius & Manda Nordes." APH Hive logo.

Every student should have access to quality and comprehensive health education. Enroll in Health is Meaningful Living: A Focus on Sex Education, a 2.5 ACVREP course, and learn the meaning of comprehensive sexual health education, ways to explain its importance to stakeholders, and correlate ways to embed discussion into social skills instruction.

Bee sure to buzz by the APH Hive and build your toolbox of resources.

APH ConnectCenter: Connecting people with useful information and resources

APH CareerConnect Seeks Interested Candidates for Advisory Committee

Attention Rehabilitation Counselors, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Transition Specialists, and Employment Coordinators! We invite you to apply to serve on our APH CareerConnect Advisory Committee.

Going strong in its second full year, we have five openings to seat. It’s requested of perspective advisors that involvement is maintained for a two-year span. The APH CareerConnect Advisory Committee will meet quarterly on Zoom for one hour. Interested candidates are requested to submit a brief email introduction that includes: your full name, email address, best number to reach you should we need to get in touch outside of email, your background, general knowledge of our APH CareerConnect content, and an idea or two that you would contribute to our APH CareerConnect catalog.

Please, email your interest to Richard Rueda, our APH CareerConnect Manager, at rrueda@aph.org by Wednesday, November 23 at 8 PM ET. If selected to participate, you will be notified on Tuesday, November 29. Our next APH CareerConnect Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 4 PM ET.

APH ConnectCenter Presents at the Visión y Compromiso Conference

Visión y Compromiso Conference, a California-based organization, with a network throughout the US, is committed to creating and sustaining a consumer-driven approach to promoting the health and well-being of Latinos/as and their families by supporting community health workers. APH ConnectCenter staff presented at their October 2022 annual conference on the topic of diabetes and vision loss. Information available on VisionAware in Spanish related to diabetes, eye conditions, and the Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide was also discussed. The ConnectCenter exhibited and shared the materials and information available through the Center in Spanish for people with blindness or low vision and family members.

Save the Date for the 2023 “Harness Up for Work” Program!

The “Harness Up for Work” Program is an innovative, collaborative effort between Guide Dogs for the Blind and APH CareerConnect. Get ready for a weeklong exhilarating deep dive into career exploration and how a guide dog fits into your future employment. Mark your calendars for August 2023, and discover a variety of career options you may not have considered, the value of networking for both work and greater independence, compare mobility possibilities for travel to and from work and while on the job, vocational and employment resources and mentorship, and unique hands-on experiences with dogs. There will be ample time to connect with one another and make new friends, and to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

“Harness Up for Work” will be held August 7–12, 2023 for transition-age young adults ages 18–24 who are blind or have low vision. The program will be held at the Hull Foundation & Learning Center in Sandy, Oregon, which is three miles from the Oregon Guide Dogs for the Blind’s training campus. Please, visit the GDB Youth Programs page where you will find our 2023 “Harness Up for Work” Participant Application form, which will be available December 1. The deadline to submit your application is April 1, 2023, and we recommend you apply early as summer programs are popular and fill up quickly.

Change Makers: An APH Podcast

The Latest from Change Makers

Change Makers: A Podcast from APH highlights the people who are making the biggest difference in the blindness field. Check out episode 62, 2022 Annual Meeting Review, to hear a recap of APH’s 154th Annual Meeting held October 5-7 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Listen to episode 63, Smashing Stereotypes, to discover how blind and low vision stereotypes originated and how damaging they are. Then, hear from a panel of individuals talk about stereotypes they faced. After that, learn about potential gift ideas for the upcoming holidays.

Missed one? Don’t worry. Find all episodes of Change Makers on our website.

From the Field

GoodMaps Update

The GoodMaps Explore app for iOS and Android devices helps people who are blind and have low vision safely and efficiently navigate both indoor and outdoor spaces around the world. During September, GoodMaps expanded its mapping within the United Kingdom by broadening its partnership with ASDA, a leading supermarket chain. A further ten superstores were mapped and uploaded during this time to great praise from both ASDA itself and those reporting on it nationally.

Neil Fairclough, Senior Director of Retail Transformation for ASDA, said, “This technology can really make a difference to customers who previously had difficulty navigating the aisles whilst shopping.” Marc Powell, The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Accessibility Innovation Lead, commented, “It’s so great to see an influential retailer such as ASDA proactively championing accessibility through technology like GoodMaps.”

Sign up for the GoodMaps newsletter to stay up to date with all future developments.

In the Archive

Touching on History: Stories from the Museum

From the Helen Keller Symposium in September to Annual Meeting in October, the museum staff at APH has had an eventful fall. Read the blog Thinking on Tasks Left Unattended to hear Museum Director Mike Hudson’s thoughts at the end of this busy season.

APH Travel Center

We’ll be at the following upcoming conferences. We hope to see you there!

OCALICON

November 15–18, 2022
Virtual

Please join us at Ocalicon for the following presentation:

  • APH: Committed to Providing a Lifetime of Learning with Braille by Jim Sullivan

Sight Tech Global

December 7–9, 2022
Virtual and San Jose, California

This year, Sight Tech Global will take place virtually on December 7–8, 2022 and in-person in San Jose, California on December 9, 2022. APH will be presenting at this conference and is also a silver sponsor.

Register for Sight Tech Global. Registration for the virtual component of Sight Tech Global is free.

For more information about upcoming appearances, check out our Conferences page.

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