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Happenings Around the House: Webcast and Podcast Series

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Happenings Around the House is a new webcast series created by Maria Delgado of APH’s Field Services Department. It features a wide range of topics about the many “happenings” around the American Printing House for the Blind. Catch “Happenings” on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 2pm EST! Each webcast will last for 30 to 45 minutes.

Past Episodes

APH Travelling Exhibits

9/4/2014 — APH introduced its newest traveling exhibit, Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in 2012. This program will explore the accessible features of the new exhibit, and show how you can book an APH exhibit for your school, library, or local museum.

Writing Tools, with Mike Hudson, Museum Director

6/11/2014 — Louis Braille adapted his first Braille tablet, a writing frame used to write in his code, from a similar device invented by Charles Barbier, the soldier who inspired Braille’s work. Since then countless writing slates, handwriting guides, and mechanical braillewriters have been developed. This program will explore the museum’s outstanding collection of writing devices and explore how the Perkins Braillewriter trumped them all.

Developing Tactile Products, with Fred Otto, Tactile Graphics Project Leader

5/28/2014 — There’s a lot more to tactile graphics than taking a visual image and producing it with raised lines. In this program we’ll discuss the need to “think tactile,” that is, to understand how the sense of touch has its own rules which affect how we design readable tactile graphics. And we’ll discuss how flexible thinking can lead to good decisions and good tactile graphic designs, both in products and in textbook or test adaptations.

Tactile Maps, with Mike Hudson, Museum Director

5/15/2014 — APH introduced its first dissected puzzle maps in the 1870s. Each was carved by hand from wood. This program will explore the museum’s collection of tactile maps and globes, ranging from the earliest American paper maps produced at the Perkins Institution in the 1830s to modern plastic and thermographic styles. We’ll show you how they were made and how schools used them in the classroom.

Developing Powerful New Graphing and Computation Tools for the Visually Impaired, with Ken Perry, APH Research Project Leader

4/23/2014 — Working with Orbit Research and Texas Instruments, The American Printing House developed the new Orion TI-84 plus Talking graphing calculator based on the TI-84 Plus. In this program we will explore the approach and design concepts and features of the unit. We will then present its audio and speech facilities, and the capabilities for connecting to external peripherals. We will also give an overview of the functions of the calculator – its computational capabilities, graphing features, and other functionality such as matrices and how these have been made accessible, and the ability provided to the user to create their own applications on the calculator and expand its functionality.

Math Tools, with Mike Hudson, APH Museum Director

4/10/2014 — Nicolas Saunderson was a self taught genius who taught algebra at Cambridge University in the early 18th century. Blinded as a small boy by smallpox, he invented ciphering tablets to make simple arithmetic easier. From Saunderson’s tablet to adapted abacuses to modern talking calculators, this program will explore the museum’s large collection of math and geometry tools.

Conversation with Mitzi B. Friedlander, APH Studio Narrator

3/26/2014 — Maria Delgado talks with Mitzi Friedlander about her life, her family, and her outstanding career. Mitzi Friedlander Is a well-known figure in Louisville’s theatrical world. Mitzi has performed with Actor’s Theatre Louisville, the Kentucky Opera Association, the Louisville Children’s Theatre, and the Louisville Ballet. As an APH Studio Narrator, she has won numerous awards, and has recorded over 2500 books.

The Talking Book, with Mike Hudson, APH Museum Director

3/12/2014 — The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was founded by the Pratt-Smoot Act in 1931, but Thomas Edison was thinking of audio books for the blind as early as 1877 when he introduced his phonograph. Maria Delgado and Mike Hudson will explore the museum’s large collection of talking book phonographs, reel-to-reel, cassette tape, and modern USB drive machines, and play the narration work of some classic APH narrators.