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Looking Ahead: Annual Meeting Happening Soon

APH’s 151st Annual Meeting will be held on October 10-11, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, 320 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202. The registration fee is $195.00.

Register for the APH Annual Meeting at

APH conference room rates are available October 7-11:

  • Single and double occupancy – $171.00
  • Triple occupancy – $181.00
  • Quadruple occupancy – $191.00

Reserve your rooms early as this room block typically sells out. Please call (877)-803-7534 for assistance.

Please note: The schedule has been modified some this year with no sessions on Saturday, and kickoff will begin earlier on Thursday. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, and will end after the Insights Art Banquet on Friday evening, October 11. A buffet breakfast will be provided Saturday morning.

Highlights include:

  • State of the Company from APH’s president, Dr. Craig Meador
  • Roundtable discussions about a variety of topics important to you
  • Hands-on experience with new APH products
  • Opportunities to provide input on APH products in development
  • Training on APH products, services, and initiatives
  • Special events and training for Ex Officio Trustees
  • APH InSights Art awards banquet
  • Hall of Fame induction ceremony
  • Much more!

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Huguenin,, or Cindy Amback,

  • APH will be proctoring the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competency (CPACC) and the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) certification exams for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) on October 9, at the APH Annual Meeting, to take place at the Hyatt Downtown in Louisville, Ky.

    You may find more information about the exams in the IAAP certification website. You do not have to be a conference attendee to take the exam. Those interested in taking the exam must register in advance on the IAAP certification website and follow their instructions.

    If you have questions after reviewing the IAAP information, please contact Maria Delgado at

  • We encourage everyone who has used our products in an education or rehabilitation setting within the last year to take a few minutes to reflect on your experience with our products. Please respond to this brief 11-item questionnaire to help APH:

    • measure our performance and improve our products and our product development processes
    • gather input for our strategic planning and product development priorities
    • collect APH performance data for the US Department of Education

    All responses will remain confidential. Your honest feedback about our performance and product effectiveness does make a difference. Thank you for your time and thoughts!

    Survey Response Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019

    Take the survey now at

  • We are currently looking for field testers to test a new technology device that helps students with early literacy and braille skills. If interested, please contact Rachel Bishop at

New Products

  • 1-03567-00—$69

    These graphic organizers are designed to help young students visualize sets of five and ten, thus helping to develop subitizing skills – the ability to instantly see “how many.”


    Supports the development and understanding of:

    • Counting and cardinality
    • Composing and decomposing numbers
    • Place value
    • Addition and subtraction


    • 2 ten frames
    • 2 five frames
    • Tactile tokens
  • I-M-ABLE Kit with print book: 1-00351-00 — $495
    I-M-ABLE Kit with electronic book 1-00352-00 — $469

    The I-M-ABLE book and its accompanying APH materials are designed to motivate, engage, and reward children who are candidates for braille reading instruction, but who are struggling with the beginning stages of learning letters and sounds.

    The Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education is described in detail in the 2016 book I-M-ABLE by Dr. Diane P. Wormsley, published by AFB Press. Success is built into each lesson, so students are rewarded with progress, further engaging them in the learning experience.


    • Reading instruction centered on continuously analyzing the strengths and needs of students
    • Engages students by using key vocabulary words and phrases, based on their experiences and interests
    • An invaluable resource for helping students with mild to moderate cognitive impairments or other difficulties make progress in braille reading and writing skills


    • I-M-ABLE book (available in print or USB flash drive electronic file)
    • Teacher instruction booklet
    • I-M-ABLE teacher workshop training videos (link to videos provided in teacher instruction booklet) and handouts
    • The APH Word PlayHouse Kit – assists with development of phonics skills
    • Four nonslip, desktop APH sorting trays for playing games with word cards
    • Histogram board with stickers
    • Meter tape with .5 and 1-cm gradations (large print and braille)
  • APH and Vispero have partnered to make the world’s most popular screen reader (JAWS®) and screen magnifier (ZoomText) available to APH customers at lower prices! Using the new Software License Portal, teachers and administrators can manage their licenses and move them between computers. Licenses are registered directly to an email address.

    JAWS (Job Access with Speech) D-11002-ED $90
    For only $90 per annual subscription, students who are blind and visually impaired can easily navigate, read and write documents, and create presentations from their school PC, remote desktop, or from home. JAWS provides speech and braille output for the most popular computer applications.

    ZoomText D-11003-ED $80
    For only $80 per annual subscription, students with low vision can enlarge and enhance everything on their computer screen. ZoomText also echoes your typing and essential program activity and automatically reads documents, web pages, and email.

  • Overhead view of the KeyMath3

    Aligned with the NCTM standards, this diagnostic assessment measures essential mathematical concepts and skills for students in grades Pre-K through ninth. Administration time is usually 30-90 minutes and features ten subtests that cover basic concepts, operations, and applications.

    Braille Student Kit – Contracted 5-65703-00 $239
    Braille Student Kit – Uncontracted 5-65704-00 $239

    Each braille kit offers three spiral-bound volumes presented in UEB with Nemeth. Contracted and uncontracted kits are available separately. Ten Test Record Forms are included in this kit. Teacher Guides for these kits must be purchased separately.

    Teacher Guides for Braille Student Kit 7-65704-00 $209
    This kit contains three spiral-bound volumes paired with the teacher’s selection of either contracted or uncontracted braille student books. Each math item is presented with student content on the left (in print for administrators not proficient in braille) and a scripted teacher administration guide with correct responses on the right.

    Large Print Kit 7-65703-00 $349
    This kit is offered in three spiral-bound volumes. It also contains three Teacher Guides, ten Test Record Forms, and ten Written Computation Examinee Booklets.
    Note: Publisher materials are needed for administration of the large print edition. These materials must be ordered directly from the test publisher: Pearson Clinical Assessment, 1-800-627-7271.

  • Adult – 1-08179-00 $12
    Junior with Head Strap – 1-08180-00 $35
    Junior Clip-On – 1-08182-00 $30
    Infant with Head Strap – 1-08181-00 $35

    The UltraLens Topaz lenses reduce glare and filter the amount of indoor/outdoor blue light exposure from computer screens, overhead lights, fluorescent lights, and the outdoors. These lenses help to provide a more comfortable viewing experience for the user by enhancing contrast, and reducing eye strain and fatigue.

Product Updates

  • a student entering an equation on the MATT Connect

    MATT Connect 1-03941-00 $2,995.00

    Unlock new and exciting features by downloading the Matt Connect recent Prodigi update. Simply connect to Wi-Fi and your Matt Connect will automatically prompt you to install the update.

    New features include:

    • Desmos Calculator – Plot graphs and solve equations with this scientific calculator.
    • Notes Application – Quickly create handwritten or typed notes.
    • Gallery Management – It is easier than ever to manage your images with a more powerful and flexible gallery. New gallery features include:
      • Quick settings menu
      • Support for lower case letters in image name
      • Ability to renumber the first page in a document
      • “Go to page” function in a document
      • Ability to create up to 4 levels of subfolders
      • New notes category – Take quick notes and organize them in the notes category.
      • Ability to move images from the distance folder to any folder in the root of the gallery

    To order, to learn more, and to watch tutorials on these new features, please visit


    MATT Connect displaying a graph

  • BrailleBlaster D-30029-AP Free

    Make a great product even better by downloading the latest version of BrailleBlaster (V. 1.1.23-stable) at

    New features include:

    • Experimental Graphics Support – Image Placeholders: Blank lines can be associated with an image now. Go to Insert > Image Placeholder and insert the number of blank lines in the dialog box to account for the graphic. Use the Insert Image Location button to choose a file from your computer to associate with that set of blank lines. When the association is made, the braille and graphics can be embossed together to a supported embosser. Currently, only ViewPlus graphics embossers are supported; however, more are planned for the future.
    • LaTeX Support – Document types that are supported by Pandoc and include LaTeX can convert that LaTeX into MathML and ASCII Math when opened in BrailleBlaster. This change affects all file types except NIMAS XML, TXT, BRL, and ZIP.
    • Additional Embossers – Added support for ViewPlus Tiger Pro and EmFuse embossers, found under Embosser Settings.
    • UI Changes:
      • Split Element, Page Up, Page Down, and Refresh Translation removed from menu. All, but Refresh Translation, are still available as a key press; the menu items were redundant.
      • Error Handling moved into Help section of menu; previously under Settings.
      • Window menu items moved to under View.
      • Show Breadcrumbs moved into Toggle Views, as it is the fourth view.
      • Description style now adds Transcriber’s Notes before and after the text selected and applies the correct margins.
      • “Miscellaneous symbols” style category now called “Miscellaneous” under Styles menu.
      • Double Line moved from Miscellaneous styles into Style Options, as it only adds blank lines, not margins.
      • File types now appear in alphabetic order in open dialog.
    • Fixes
      • Fixed several instances where print and braille page numbers could not be reliably edited.
      • Fixed instance of line breaks adding an extra blank line.
      • Fixed instances where MathML was not properly converted when a NIMAS XML was opened.

Easy Online Access to the APH Instructional Product Catalog

Here at APH, we work to ensure that our customers receive the most current information in accessible formats. For this reason, the new 2019-2020 APH Instructional Product Catalog has been posted on our website as an accessible PDF. Read the catalog on the go and learn more about all the products APH has to offer.

APH Press Announcement

APH Press publishes books supporting teachers and professionals who work with people who are blind or visually impaired. Since we acquired AFB Press in July 2018, we published two new titles: Partners in O&M: Supporting Orientation and Mobility for Students Who Are Visually Impaired and Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles.

In the coming months, look for three more: Babies with CVI: Nurturing Visual Abilities and Development in Early Childhood, Foundations of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, and the follow-up to 2009’s Assistive Technology for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment, Second Edition.

Do you have any questions about the Press’ plans for the future? Or, do you have an idea for a book you’d like to see us publish or revise? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach the Press’s Executive Editor, Larry Marotta, at

The “I Am” Challenge: A Positive Way to Start the New School Year

I am capable. I can do this. I won’t let what others think I can do stop me from doing what I know I can do. What would it be like if someone could really stand in your shoes? If they fully understood your disability, your perspective, or why you believe what you do? This school year, APH encourages teachers to assign an “I Am” poem. It’s a creative way to get students to delve deeper into a topic and stand in someone else’s shoes.

How it Works
Engage your students in any topic, such as the Olympics/Paralympics. Encourage them to consider the topic from a variety of perspectives, e.g. an athlete, coach, or spectator. What unique point of view might each person bring to the topic? Imagine the thoughts that might run through the head of an athlete as he competes in his event, for example. How might a coach feel as she watches her athlete compete at the highest level?

Add Complexity
Encourage students to research an unfamiliar Olympic/Paralympic event and incorporate that information into their poems. What descriptive details might be included in a poem about a table tennis or goalball competitor? How about a gymnast?

Start Writing
Have students complete each prompt in the “I Am” poem format (I am, I see, I pretend, I dream, etc.), using information from their own background knowledge and new information from research. Use the example below from Kelly Kennedy Mimms to help your students get their creative juices flowing:

I am a track and field athlete and Olympic/Paralympic hopeful.
I wonder how it would feel to stand on the podium in red, white, and blue; a gold medal around my neck.
I hear the naysayers warn that the odds are stacked against me.
I see myself running a victory lap, the American flag draped over my back.
I want to be an example for all the underdogs of the world.
I am a go-getter who won’t stop until I have accomplished my goal.
I pretend to fly as the wind whips by me on the track.
I touch my hand over my heart; the national anthem plays in my ear.
I worry, sometimes, that I am not fast enough.
I cry when my muscles burn from the constant grind.
I am determined, still.
I understand that the only way to make it is through hard work and never giving up.
I say thank you to all my family and friends who cheer me on from the stands.
I dream of making everyone proud.
I try to outpace the competition.
I hope, like all the great ones, to see my face on a Wheaties box someday.
I am going to get there.

  • The latest release of the Crossword web application contains many more puzzles to solve, granting players’ wishes of more challenges and hours of fun. Now, subscribers to the New York Times Crossword puzzles can open these puzzles directly. To open today’s puzzle, simply choose Open from New York Times, and click Open Puzzle. Or, for a puzzle other than today’s puzzle, you can use the date entry boxes to select the date of your choice.

    In addition, users can download puzzles from other websites. If you know the URL for the puzzle that you would like to open: choose Open from Web in the Options menu. Enter the URL of the puzzle, and click Open Puzzle. Crossword will download the puzzle.

    Lastly, web designers can put links into their web pages that will cause Crossword to open and automatically load the specified crossword puzzle.

  • The Metric System

    The United States, along with Liberia and Myanmar, are the only countries in the entire world that do not use the metric system for everyday measurements of length, volume, mass, and temperature. Even though the US Congress enacted the Metric Conversion Act in 1975, compliance was voluntary and Americans today prefer to use the imperial system of measurement in their daily lives. However, in order to communicate effectively around the world, science and industry professionals rely on the metric system. See this for yourself by looking at any packaged product in the grocery; dual measurement labels are required to conduct trade with other countries.
    close-up photo of a soup can label, showing it has both Imperial and metric measurements
    In this example, the label shows the weight in imperial units (ounces) and in metric units (grams). For more on the Metric system, see Carolina Biological Metric System article.

  • still from video: Adam playing with scoops

    Adam Learns the Function of an Item Used in a Previous Exploration Routine

    Adam joins Aarna, Freddy, Isaiah, and Max in APH’s library of SLK videos.

    In January, Adam’s teacher establishes Adam’s present level of performance (baseline) at attention level with emerging exploration skills using a roller routine. In February, Adam learns to explore objects during a turn-taking play routine. By May, Adam learns the function of a preferred turn-taking object in a snack routine.

    Watch Adam’s video at

    View the entire SLK Video Library at

    still from video: Adam using a scoop to get snacks from a clear bag

Treasures from the APH Libraries

  • Schwellenbach, Lewis B. “Jobs for Heroes,” The Rotarian 71.6 (1947).

    Following the end of World War II, many veterans returned to the United States disabled from injuries or illnesses they had tragically received at war. Due to this, it became difficult for them to get back to work, because prejudiced employers refused to hire disabled veterans. This article, written just two years after the end of World War II, discusses the vast employment opportunities for those veterans, including those veterans that became blind or visually impaired while at war. One man, who had been blinded by a bomb, was able to return and got a job at a newspaper company, using Braille notes to transcribe. The author, Schwellenbach, urges every employer to develop a program that is accommodating towards the employment of disabled veterans for their companies. This work has been digitized for the Internet Archive.

  • photo shows part of the cover of JVIB and the first page of the article

    Gardner, J. A. (2019). Access to the Past and the Present: A History of the M. C. Migel Memorial Collection, American Printing House for the Blind. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 113(4), 381–386.

    This month’s Barr Library highlight comes from the most recent issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. It is especially noteworthy for it not only features the American Printing House for the Blind, but also that it was authored by our own librarian and Resource Services colleague Justin Gardner. For those not familiar, JVIB is an international peer-reviewed journal of record in the field of visual impairment and blindness; it delivers current research and best practice information, commentary from experts on critical topics, news, and events.

    In the article, Justin chronicles the modest beginnings of the M.C. Migel Memorial Collection in 1926, its growth, the importance of individuals like Robert B. Irwin, Helga Lende, and its namesake M.C. Migel to that growth, its journey from AFB to APH, and APH’s own efforts to continue its legacy and expand access through digitization and research services. Today, the M.C. Migel Memorial Collection is the largest known non-medical library of materials related to blindness and visual impairment in the world. The M.C. Migel Library promotes research, education, and social and cultural awareness by collecting and providing access to non-medical materials related to blindness and visual impairment. The collection is a true historical sociocultural record on blindness and visual impairment. The collection currently houses approximately 22,000 print and audio/visual items. The material ranges in scope from manuscripts to published fiction materials and includes the Blind Musicians Collections, which is also chronicled in the article. The digitization of the collection, which numbers over 8,800 unique items, is prominently displayed with Internet Archive and Open Library and has been accessed globally.

    It is with great pleasure to share the story of the M.C. Collection and Library and recognize Justin’s work to develop and preserve this one-of-a-kind collection.

    The APH Barr Library supports research initiatives at APH, while the Migel Collection is one of the largest collections of nonmedical information related to visual impairment in the world. Although the collections do not circulate, an ongoing digitization effort means APH will make materials available online at The digitized texts are available in a variety of accessible formats, including DAISY, Kindle, EPUB, PDF, and read-aloud. Contact Library staff:, 800-223-1839, ext. 705

Conference Listing

September 11-13, 2019
Western Regional Early Intervention Conference
Denver, CO

September 20-21, 2019
Louisville, KY