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APH News: June 2018

Your monthly link to the latest information on the products, services, and training opportunities from the American Printing House for the Blind.

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

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Read on to learn about these new products – now available!

Announcing Math Robot™ for the iPhone

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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.
Math Robot was designed for students who are blind, visually impaired, and sighted alike, making it ideal for use by an entire class.

A flashcard format and a smart "know-it-all" math robot character provide fun drills and practices for simple math problems. The app is both self-voicing and accessible with Apple’s VoiceOver® screen reader.

Features of Math Robot include:

  • Compelling interface, animations, and sounds
  • Free and drill modes
  • Low vision mode
  • Retina graphics
  • Hardware keyboard support
  • VoiceOver support
  • Braille support

Available on Quota at APH and at the App Store at itunes.apple.com/app/math-robot/id704570512.

NEW! Best for a Nest (UEB)

5-12301-01 — $109.00

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Best for a Nest is an interactive print/braille storybook. Through the use of its storyboard and various objects that can be touched or moved around, learners can focus on a host of concepts including position of objects, directionality, and comparisons.

Included with the book is a set of movable pieces, including birds, nest, eggs, tree, branches, grass, and a cat, designed to assist the child in better understanding the concepts outlined in the text.

Recommended ages: 2.5 to 5 years.

WARNING: Choking Hazard — Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.

NEW! Feel ‘n Peel Stickers: Braille/Print Capital Letters A-Z

1-08870-00 — $19.00

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These multi-use braille/print stickers are embossed on clear, durable plastic, and include capital Letters A-Z. Feel ‘n Peel Stickers are intended for the creation and adaptation of print capital letter materials for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Each Pack Includes

  • 4 sheets: 676 stickers total
  • Suggested Uses Insert, in Large Print and in Braille

Recommended ages: Preschool and up.

WARNING: Choking Hazard—Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.

NEW! Tactile World Globe

1-01551-01 — $139.00

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This new and improved Tactile World Globe offers more tactile and braille information than previous APH tactile globes.

Tactile Information (on a clear plastic overlay) includes:

  • Raised, topographical land area with all continents labeled in braille
  • Major oceans labeled in braille
  • Raised latitude and longitude lines labeled in braille, and
  • Discernible, contrasting raised lines for the Equator, International Date Line, Prime Meridian, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn

Includes a braille/print “Key” that defines the various line types encountered on the tactile overlay. Sits on non-skid wood base.

Recommended ages: 10 years and up.

NEW APP! Practice2Master Fractions (for iOS® devices)

Free of charge download

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Practice2Master Fractions is designed to help students become proficient in fraction calculations. It supplements teachers’ instructions by providing students with an unlimited number of problems to practice.

This app is fully accessible for all users, especially for students who are blind and visually impaired. It works with devices running iOS 9 or later and is compatible with VoiceOver™. Practice2Master Fractions is an accessible app that every elementary school math teacher should have in their teaching toolbox.

Practice2Master Fractions is free and is available for download at the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/practice2master-fractions/id1257764758?mt=8

Recommended ages: 9 years and up.

Field Tests and Surveys

Last Chance! Help us select which tactile graphics tools are our greatest hits!

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APH will be discontinuing the Tactile Graphics Starter Kit (1-08839-00), Crafty Graphics: Stencil Embossing Kit (1-08844-00), and Crafty Graphics II Kit (1-08852-00). We will be taking the best and most useful items from these products, as well as those from the Tactile Graphics Kit (1-08851-00), to create a new and improved tactile graphics tool kit.

Please take a moment to tell us which tactile graphics tools make your greatest hits list by completing the survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TactileGraphicsKit. Deadline is June 30, 2018 for participation.

Finger Walks

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labyrinth with three circular lobes

APH is seeking summer field evaluators for Finger Walks, a set of tactile/print labyrinth images. Evaluators will be asked to share the images with students, clients, consumers, campers, or other groups of people with blindness or visual impairments and complete a brief electronic survey form.

The labyrinths in this collection range from simple to complex, but there is always just one path to trace. The activity calls on the user’s attention and tactile tracking skills and introduces rhythmic hand movements.

The evaluation will run from June through August, 2018. Please follow the link below to apply as an evaluator, and help spread the word by sharing the link with other groups you know. If you have questions, contact Fred Otto by e-mail, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Apply as an evaluator here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFM2YPW

APH’s Websites: We Want Your Feedback on Accessibility!

When accessing the web, are you a synthetic speech user, screen magnification user, or user of other accessible technologies? APH would like your feedback on the accessibility of our websites! If you have thoughts about the accessibility of the following: www.aph.org or shop.aph.org, please email your comments to email hidden; JavaScript is required. We appreciate your time!

APH Spring Fever Sale

Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Spring Fever Sale 2018, April 1—June 30. As always, first come, first served.

www.aph.org/sale/

But First, a Few Announcements!

We encourage all customers, including EOTs, to place their orders online at shop.aph.org. It’s the fast and easy way to ensure your order is accurate and is processed in a timely manner.

Effective immediately, APH will no longer be repairing VisioBooks and Refreshabrailles. The manufacturer has ceased operations and we are unable to acquire the necessary parts for repairs. Customers are being informed to contact Customer Relations if they have questions about the repair of any unit that is still under warranty.

Some Free Matter for the Blind packages have been reported as missing or arriving much later than expected over the past several months. We are currently monitoring the situation and are working with the United States Postal Service to resolve the matter.

STEM Corner

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Snatoms for Teaching Chemical Bonding!

You may be familiar with Veritasium, the YouTube channel featuring science and engineering videos. The creator of this series, Derek Muller, came up with a great model set to help teach chemical bonding called Snatoms. A set comprises plastic magnetic spheres with flat sides corresponding to the number of bonds an atom of an element can make. The spheres are attracted to each other and connect with an audible snap! Check this product out to see the multitude of molecules and compounds your students can make with this affordable and instructive kit!

https://snatoms.com/collections/homepage

Frank H. Hall and Susan J. Spungin to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field – 2018

The Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. Although housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, it belongs to the entire field.

Induction Ceremony

The ceremony to induct Hall and Spungin will take place October 5, 2018, in conjunction with APH’s 150th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Joining the sixty outstanding legends previously inducted are these two remarkable figures whose work and innovations have changed lives. Their stories of accomplishment are powerful.

The Class of 2018

Frank H. Hall, 1841-1911

Portrait photo of Frank H. Hall

Frank Hall was appointed as Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Blind in 1890 where he focused his efforts on braille. Observing that the use of the slate and stylus to produce braille was a slow process, Hall conceived the idea to invent a typewriter-like machine that would make the production of braille more efficient. Hall’s machine was the first to be mass-produced and by 1911, over two thousand machines were being used. By January, 1893, he had also developed the stereotyper, producing stereotypes that could impress braille on a thin brass plate. Hall exhibited the stereotyper at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. One of the visitors to Hall’s booth was thirteen-year-old Helen Keller.

Hall’s leadership as superintendent was marked by his belief that persons who were blind should be trained and work competitively with individuals who were sighted. He promoted the application of abstract knowledge to real life situations and introduced manual training classes. He also strongly promoted physical education for his students.

In 1900, Hall lobbied the Chicago Board of Education to equip public schools so that children who were blind could attend regular classes with children who were sighted in their own neighborhood. His plan was adopted and for the first time in the United States, children who were blind were integrated into regular public school classrooms on a large scale.

Susan J. Spungin, 1941-

photo of Susan Spungin

An internationally renowned expert in the education and rehabilitation of individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Dr. Spungin joined AFB in 1972 as a national specialist in education. Through her years of leadership, she identified nationwide issues affecting children and youth who were blind and severely visually impaired, and worked in partnership with schools, agencies, state departments of education, universities, the federal government, and other organizations to help resolve those issues.

In addition to her education work, Dr. Spungin was instrumental in shaping AFB’s research and policy work, and its national programs in such areas as early childhood development, aging, employment, low vision, and career education. She also coordinated AFB’s international activities and was an active force in many organizations including AER, NAPVI, and the World Blind Union. She retired from AFB as Vice President, International Programs and Special Projects in 2008.

Dr. Spungin’s prestigious awards include the NAPVI Founders Award, the APH Wings of Freedom Award, the AER Mary K. Bauman Award, the Mary E. Switzer Scholars award, the CEC-DVI Distinguished Service Award, the AFB Equality of Access & Opportunity Award for her work in braille literacy, the Josephine L. Taylor Award from the University Division of AER and AFB’s Migel Medal. In 1991, Dr. Spungin also became the first sighted woman to receive the Russian Medal from the Byelorussian Association of the Blind.

Additional information regarding the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org.

New Feature for Cycling at Home

a man rides his bicycle in the rain while holding an umbrella

Are you an enthusiastic cyclist looking for a way to keep training, even on days when the weather absolutely refuses to cooperate? If so, check out APH’s latest feature on the Physical Education, Recreation, and Health website: Bike Trainers.

Treasures from the APH Libraries

From the Barr Library: Rubery, M. (2016). The Untold Story of the Talking Book. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Matthew Rubery’s The Untold Story of the Talking Book, researched with the help of APH, sheds light on the 150 year history of talking books, from Edison’s 1877 recitation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” through spoken novels produced for blinded World War I veterans, to the billion-dollar audiobook industry of today. The book is a testament to both the complex and at times serendipitous evolution of the medium. Rubery artfully balances both the technological and social histories of spoken books, recounting the conflicts, controversies, and the debates between written and spoken texts and what defines a reader.

Rubery retraces arguments over book and material selections, the portrayal of class and ethnicity, and whether some topics were to be purposefully avoid for particular audiences, such as blind individuals and veterans. Underlining the book’s historical narration, The Untold Story of the Talking Book challenges the reader to consider what reading really means, in both its literal and figurative contexts, and concludes that spoken books have become a distinctively modern art form within the literary tree whose social impact has and will remain profound and influential.

cover of 'Movies About Blindness'

From the Migel Library: Carpenter, Katie. Movies About Blindness: Illuminating the Human Experience. Louisville, Kentucky: Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind.

Film and television portrayals of people who are visually impaired range from positive to negative, accurate to ridiculous. This annotated filmography describes 60 movies about blindness, encompassing a broad spectrum of fictional and documentary work. Each of the movies described in this pamphlet is held in the Migel Library, along with other videos including 1921’s Love Light and the current series Game of Thrones. Movies About Blindness has been digitized for Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/moviesaboutblind00muse. Contact library staff to view any of the videos listed in the filmography or the many others in the Migel Collection.

APH is working with the Internet Archive to digitize portions of the M.C. Migel Library. Search the phrase “full text” to find these items at http://migel.aph.org. The digitized texts are available in a variety of formats, including DAISY, Kindle, EPUB, PDF, etc.

Contact Library staff: email hidden; JavaScript is required, 800-223-1839, ext. 705

APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees

  • Lisa Yencarelli, the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Deborah Mann, the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Jeremy Stinson, the Mississippi School for the Blind and the Mississippi State Department of Education
  • Jennifer Buzolich, the California Department of Education
  • Donna Cox, the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Here’s a handy link to the full directory of Ex Officio Trustees.

Social Media Spotlight

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The APH Online Community

We love comments and appreciate the time that our readers spend to share ideas and give feedback. We also want our online community to be a safe place where meaningful dialog is exchanged.

Effective May 29, APH introduced new guidelines for our social platforms. The below statement will appear on, or be linked to, all of our APH associated social platforms as a reminder for those posting on our pages.

Welcome to the APH Online Community! We appreciate the time that our readers take to share ideas and give feedback. We are dedicated to maintaining a respectful community that actively engages in lively discussions about topics of interest to our community and those who serve them. Therefore, we strongly believe that the APH Online Community should be a safe space where the ideas of everyone are welcome. Please keep the following in mind when writing your comments:

  • Be polite to all the members of our Community, including other commenters, authors and the subjects of articles.
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In order to provide a safe space for our Community, comments may be pre-moderated by our team before posting to the site. Your comment may be removed at any time, at our Moderator’s discretion, in the best interest of the Community.

If you have any questions on our policy, or if you want to share comments with us privately that you feel may violate these public posting guidelines, please let us know.

Thank you to everyone who comments on our blog and/or social media pages.

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APH Braille Book Corner

APH offers a number of recreational books in braille available with Quota funds. Each of these titles was originally transcribed and produced by APH for the National Library Service which has graciously granted permission for this offering. As usual, these titles have been added to the APH Louis Database where you can find thousands of titles produced in accessible formats.

Note: all books are produced upon receipt of orders, therefore, please allow several weeks for delivery.

Where Hope Prevails (Return to the Canadian West, Book 3)
By: Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan: T-N2178-50 – $168.50
When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick’s proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever. But the town’s rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education–one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond. At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father’s company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?

Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon
By: John Brandt: T-N2178-40 – $169.50
In the tradition of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation, by way of Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, this is the inspirational true story of the Ugandan boy soldier who became a world-renowned runner, then found his calling as director of a world-renowned African children’s charity.

Public Library and Other Stories
By:Ali Smith: T-N2178-00 – $89.50
Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we’ve read over our lives – our own personal libraries – make of us? What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith’s new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they coax us endlessly to unexpected blossom; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.

Fireman First Edition A Novel
By: Joe Hill: T-N2165-40 – $400.00
A pandemic known as Dragonscale has swept the planet, causing the afflicted to develop markings on their skin and then burst into flame. A nurse who contracts Dragonscale wants to avoid quarantine long enough to give birth to her child.

In the Woods
By: Tana French: T-N2169-10 – $311.50
Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan.

Hot Quick Tips for Summer!

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Just in time for summer, here are a few fun-in-the-sun Quick Tips!

Find these, and more Quick Tips at www.aph.org/quick-tips. And, don’t forget… if you’ve got any Quick Tip ideas or feedback, feel free to contact Kerry Isham at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

APH Travel Calendar

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CIP Event

June 30-July 1, 2018
Portland State University Presentations
Portland, OR

Presentations/Exhibits

June 1-3, 2018
Montana Family Conference
Great Falls, MT

June 16-17, 2018
National Braille Challenge, 2018
University of Southern California, LA

June 21-23, 2018
Visions Conference 2018
San Diego, CA

June 29-July 6, 2018
American Council for the Blind (ACB)
St Louis, MO

July 3-8, 2018
NFB Conference 2018
Orlando, FL

July 16, 2018
ENGAGE Conference
Clarksville, TN

July 25-29, 2018
AER International Conference 2018
Reno, NV

August 1-2, 2018
Iowa Summer Institute
Des Moines, IA

August 13-17, 2018
BVA 2018
Sparks, NV

August 22-25, 2018
Envision 2018
Wichita, KS

Conferences

June 11-13, 2018
M-Enabling Summit
Arlington, VA

June 20-23, 2018
VidCon
Anaheim, CA

June 23-27, 2018
ISTE Conference
Chicago, IL

June 27-29, 2018
CCSSO/NCSA Conference 2018
San Diego, CA

July 20-23, 2018;
International Literacy Association
Austin, TX

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APH News Credits

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Thanks to the following APH staff:

  • Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
  • Justin Gardner, Special Collections Librarian, Resource Services
  • Rosanne Hoffmann, STEM Project Leader, Research
  • Kerry Isham, Field Services Representative
  • Leslie Knox, Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer, Creative Services
  • Fred Otto, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
  • Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
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  • Mary Robinson, Assistant, Field Services

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