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April 2006

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

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

Calling COMS

APH seeks four Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) to review The Sound Localization Guidebook. The book is 18 point type with about 80 pages of text and eight pages of line drawings. Reviewers must read for content as well as mark any production errors. Books are ready to be shipped today and must be returned to APH by May 30, 2006. To participate contact Tristan Pierce at 800/223-1839, ext. 380 or email hidden; JavaScript is required A small honorarium will be paid upon completion of work.

A New Web Page Promotes Physical Education and Recreation

APH is happy to announce a new parent/teacher resource for children with sensory impairments. The PE web site is a resource that lists adapted physical education programs, adapted athletic/sport organizations, equipment resources, sport camps, articles and books, events, and much more. APH encourages participation from the field. As you browse through the web site and know of an organization, event, or item that you would like to have listed, please click on the address provided ( This web site will be evolving. With your help we can make this an in depth resource and help promote healthy lifestyles.

The Official NIMAC Web Site is Open for Visitation

NIMAC National Instructional Materials Access Center

A new web site has been established for the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)! The center has its own distinct mission and therefore will maintain this separate and distinct web address although linkable from the APH site.

Please bookmark the NIMAC web site and check it for the latest news on progress toward establishing the NIMAC. The site already features a list of frequently asked questions about the NIMAC, and more information will be added as it is available.

Visit the NIMAC site at:

Assessment Field Test Opportunity Extended:
We Need Your Help!

APH is working in collaboration with the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) and the American Foundation for the Blind to develop the first CASAS examination to be translated into braille format. A few months ago, we requested your assistance with field testing the braille version of the reading items; and many of you were responsive to the initial request.

The field-test time frame has been extended through 2006, and the age/grade requirements have also been extended and additional programs are needed in this national field-test of braille reading items. The 25 multiple-choice items reflect realistic daily life and work-related experiences relevant to individuals who are visually impaired.

Youth age 14 through adults who are blind or visually impaired are needed from secondary education, state schools for the blind, secondary diploma, adult education and community-based programs. Students functioning at CASAS skill levels A through D (third to ninth grade equivalent in reading) are invited to participate in the field-test.

CASAS provides participating schools and agencies with braille editions of the field-test booklets, braille answer documents and special marking stickers, test administration instructions in print or electronic format, and a pre-paid UPS label to return all field-test materials to CASAS. For more information or to sign up, email your contact information to Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Posey at email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Students Needed to Field Test Audio-Based English Language Proficiency Assessment

CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leading publisher of K-12 English language proficiency assessments and adult education solutions. In an industry-leading move to broaden the scope of English language assessments available to blind and visually impaired students, CTB/McGraw-Hill will field-test audio-based items for a new shelf product.

In order to do this, CTB needs your help locating students in grades 2-12. Two groups of blind and visually impaired students are needed for the study: (1) those who are English language learners and (2) students already proficient in English.

For more information or to express interest in this study, please contact: Kenneth Boyte, CTB/McGraw-Hill, Monterey, CA, (831) 393-6909. email hidden; JavaScript is required

Signs of Spring: Vandy Returns to APH

There are always certain signs that spring is returning to APH – the flowering trees along Frankfort Avenue, March Madness, the appearance of Derby paraphernalia, preparations for Advisory Committee meetings, and the return of students from the Vanderbilt University personnel preparation program!

This year was no exception, and APH was pleased to welcome ten students from Vanderbilt to Louisville on March 21, 2005. The students toured the plant and spent some time in the Callahan Museum and the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends in the Blindness Field before joining staff members from Field Services, Public Affairs, Resource Services, ATIC, Accessible Tests, and Educational Research for an informative afternoon presentation on products and services. Project Leaders Karen Poppe, Tristan Pierce, and Suzette Wright wowed the audience with demonstrations of products for tactile graphics, for students with multiple disabilities, and for emergent literacy.

All university personnel preparation programs are invited to visit APH at any time. Please contact Janie Blome, email hidden; JavaScript is required, to arrange a visit for your students and staff!

Photo of the visitors standing in front of the Hall of Fame

"Outstanding" and "Awesome"

National Instructional Partnerships

Those were the words used by staff at the Tennessee School for the Blind to describe the APH National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event, "Cortical Visual Impairment," hosted in partnership with TSB. Ninety seven educators, parents, and others gathered on campus at TSB March 10 – 11 to hear Dr. Christine Roman, APH CVI Project Leader, present strategies and techniques for identification, assessment, and intervention for students with cortical visual impairment, using APH products to implement those strategies.

Dr. Mila Truan, TSB coordinator for the event, shares this comment: "The Cortical Visual Impairment Workshop was a rich learning opportunity for the educators and parents who attended at the Tennessee School for the Blind. Several participants commented that this was information that ‘can be used right now’ with students. The total workshop was inspiring and challenging; a world-class learning experience."

NIP events are designed to showcase the use of APH products in teaching skills in the areas of the Core Curriculum and the Expanded Core Curriculum. If you would like more information or are interested in partnering with APH to host an event in your area, please contact Janie Blome, email hidden; JavaScript is required or 800/223-1839, ext. 367.

Photo of the workshop participants

CTEVH: Focus on the Future

Nearly 1,000 participants attended the 47th Annual Conference of the California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped in Anaheim, CA March 10-12. ‘Focus on the Future: Preparing for Life’ was the theme for the conference.

APH’ers Janie Blome, Cindy Amback, Sandi Baker, Jane Thompson, Betsy Burnham, and Burt Boyer attended the conference and displayed APH products in the exhibit hall. The ‘Draftsman Tactile Drawing Board’ and ‘Setting the Stage for Tactile Understanding’, along with the BookPort, were products of high interest.

Jane Thompson facilitated a panel workshop titled ‘Snorkeling for Employment and Training Opportunities’, that gave transcribers information about available training and employment opportunities. Betsy Burnham presented a workshop that discussed the implications that ‘Promising Practices for Transcribing Early Literacy Textbooks’ may have have on teaching and transcription. Sandi Baker discussed the BookPort as part of a ‘What’s New in Assistive Technology’ panel.

The C-SUN Experience

The Twenty-first Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, hosted by the CSUN Center on Disabilities, took place in Los Angeles March 20-25. And international it was, as folks from around the globe, including Korea, the U.K., Australia, Spain, Mexico and Argentina, dropped by the APH booth to see the latest products. APH’ers Tony Grantz, Maria Delgado, Larry Skutchan, Rodger Smith, and Sandi Baker proudly displayed our latest software and technology and other educational products. BookPort continues to be a favorite with conference-goers, as does the Miniguide US and the Sherlock Talking Label Identifier.

Two Consumer Organization Icons Installed in the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

The bas relief plaques of 2002 Hall of Fame inductees Kenneth Jernigan and Durward McDaniel were recently completed and placed in the Hall of Fame.

Kenneth Jernigan's Hall of Fame Plaque

Kenneth Jernigan (1926-1998) grew up on a farm in central Tennessee. As President of the National Federation of the Blind for over 35 years, he led the organization through the most impressive period of growth in its history. The creation and development of the National Center for the Blind and the expansion of NFB’s influential voice and force in the affairs of the blind stand as the culmination of his lifework and a tribute to his brilliance and commitment to the blind of this nation. The eloquent and articulate Kenneth Jernigan has touched countless lives both nationally and internationally through his writings and speeches on blindness. There has never been a more vocal or effective advocate for the blind.

Durward McDaniel's Hall of Fame Plaque
Durward McDaniel (1915-1994) was born in Oklahoma and lost his sight at the age of 14 as the result of an oil field accident. He is credited as a primary force in the movement to found the American Council of the Blind and served as ACB’s first national representative in Washington from 1968 to 1981. McDaniel believed that through skillful influence on state and federal legislative processes, hard work in state and federal governmental regulatory processes, and fervent advocacy at local, state and national levels, the quality of life for all blind persons could be improved. He was a man of ideas, a man of action, and a man of tireless energy. He was known for his self-sacrificial deeds, his unwavering principles, and his deep concern for his fellow blind.

To learn the full story of these legendary heroes, as written by Dean and Naomi Tuttle, visit their biography pages on the Hall of Fame web site:

Historic Braillewriters Exhibit a Winner for APH Museum

The Marie and Eugene Callahan Museum was honored at the 2006 Kentucky History Awards Program, held March 4 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, these annual awards recognize the state’s best projects relating to state and local history. The museum received a Certificate of Commendation for the traveling exhibit, Historic Braillewriters. The tabletop exhibit features nine braillewriters from the museum collection.

For information on renting Historic Braillewriters or any of the museum’s other three traveling shows call 800/223-1839, ext. 364 or check our website posting at

Photo: Eric Brooks, president of the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, presents the award to APH Museum Director Micheal Hudson.

APH Museum on the Hunt for Original REAL Tapes!

Remember the REAL program at the American Printing House? From 1955 to 1977, the Recorded Educational Aids to Learning Program provided an extensive catalog of educational tapes to schools and individuals. As the 1957 catalog put it, the programs "are presented in dramatized, radio-program style, and have been recorded by university and college radio stations, where students-in-training write, produce, and broadcast educational material." Offerings varied from art to health, science, and literature. Unfortunately, REAL tapes have become an endangered species at APH. If you know where any original REAL tapes might be hiding, please contact Mike Hudson at the Callahan Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind at 800/223-1839, ext. 365 or email hidden; JavaScript is required The REAL preservation project at APH is part of our celebration of the 75th anniversary of the National Library Service and the talking book.

Welcome to a "New" APH Ex Officio Trustee

Please welcome back Dawn E. Turco as the Ex Officio Trustee for the Hadley School for the Blind.

APH Travel Calendar


on the road with APH

April 1, 2006
MACRT Board Meeting;
APH in Louisville, KY

April 2-5, 2006
Florida Conference of Volunteers Serving the Visually Impaired;
Altamonte Springs, FL

April 5, 2006
Points of Light Volunteer Management Seminar;
Louisville, KY

April 5-8, 2006
CEC Convention (Council for Exceptional Children);
Salt Lake City, UT

April 17, 2006
Hardware & Software Product Training;
Jeffersonville, IN

April 19, 2006
Points of Light Volunteer Management Seminar;
Louisville, KY

April 20, 2006
Penn-Del AER 2006;
Grantville, PA

April 23-29, 2006
NBA Board Meeting & Conference;
St. Louis, MO

April 25-29, 2006
AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance);
Salt Lake City, UT

April 26, 2006
Points of Light Volunteer Management Seminar;
Louisville, KY

April 26-30, 2006
NBA Spring Conference 2006 and Workshops;
St. Louis, MO

April 27-28, 2006
Michigan AER Conference;
Livonia MI

April 27-May 1, 2006
National Braille Association Spring (’06) Conference;
St. Louis, MO

April 27-May 1, 2006
AAM Annual Meeting;
Boston, MA

April 30-May4, 2006
IRA 51st Annual Convention;
Chicago, IL


May 3-5, 2006
Training for Indiana State Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind, and Visually Impaired Services;
Turkey Run State Park, IN

May 10, 2006
Points of Light Volunteer Management Seminar;
Louisville, KY

May 10-13, 2006
International Preschool Seminar Group Meeting;
Austin, TX

May 13-15, 2006
New Jersey AER, Beyond the Three R’s: Reading, Roaming and the Road to the Future;
Princeton, NJ

May 20, 2006
Disability Awareness Workshop;
Louisville, KY

May 24, 2006
International Digital Publishing Forum;
New York, NY


June 2-3, 2006
ABC Braille Study;
Austin, TX

June 7-9, 2006
Kentucky Association of Museums Annual Meeting;
Louisville, KY

June 8-9, 2006
ISAVE Training for VI Teachers;
Burlington, VT

June 12-14, 2006
Tactile Graphics Workshop;
APH in Louisville, KY

June 13, 2006
Washington, DC

June 25-July 1, 2006
Camp Abilities;
Brockport, NY

SRS News

Many thanks to all Ex Officio Trustees and those who assisted in completing Phase I of the 2006 Federal Quota Census. The annual task was accomplished in record time and we know it took long hours for which we are very grateful.

Phase II includes data error correction and cross-checking for account duplication of registrants. Please watch for emailed instructions on this phase in mid-April. So, until then, have a great break from SRS and again, thank you from everyone at APH!

New Designs! Feel ‘n Peel Stickers II:
Multi-Use Tactile/Visual Stickers for Students and Adults

Assorted Stickers Set II (contains five types of stickers listed below): 1-08864-00 — $96.00
Numbers: 1-08865-00 — $24.00
Color Names: 1-08866-00 — $24.00
Point Symbols II: 1-08867-00 — $24.00
Stars: 1-08868-00 — $24.00
Reward Statements II: 1-08869-00 — $24.00

Bright translucent and transparent colored stickers in a durable plastic can be used for:

  • Point Symbols: graphs, game boards, microwave buttons
  • Reward Statements: grading papers, rewarding behavior
  • Faces: attendance charts, warnings
  • Alphabet: labeling folders, diagrams, identifying belongings
  • Stars: rewarding behavior, grading papers
  • Numbers: marking appliances, adapting keyboards
  • Color Names: labeling crayons/markers, making clothing tags

Print/braille suggestion sheet included. The Assorted Stickers II Kit also includes two white-coated magnetic sheets for adhering stickers to metal surfaces (file cabinets, appliances, cookie sheets, etc.).

Also Available — Feel and Peel Stickers I
Assorted Stickers Set I (contains four types of stickers listed below): 1-08843-00 — $54.00
Point Symbols I: 1-08846-00 — $24.00
Smiley/Frowny Face Stickers: 1-08847-00 — $24.00
Reward Statements I: 1-08848-00 — $24.00
Braille/Print Alphabet Stickers: 1-08849-00 — $24.00

New! Electric Perkins Brailler: 1-00860-00 — $950.00

This precision-made brailler, in use for over 50 years, is now available in an electric model! The electric Perkins allows you to produce braille with minimal effort and for longer periods of time.

The Perkins will accommodate paper up to 11 1/2 x 14 inches and embosses 25 lines of 41 cells on 11 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Frame is aluminum, keys are high-impact plastic. Includes cover, braille eraser, and braille quickstart instructions. Comes in classic gray.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up. Note: Young children should be supervised during exploration and pre-braille activities.

We continue to offer the manual Perkins Brailler in three color choices.

Manual Perkins Brailler:
Gray: 1-00850-00 — $730.00
Blue: 1-00850-BL — $730.00
Green: 1-00850-GR — $730.00

APH Flea Market of Surplus and Discontinued Inventory: On Sale April – June, 2006

A new listing of overstocked and discontinued APH products is now available at All discounted inventory is available on a first come, first served basis. Please order early and take advantage of the extra dollars off.

APH Braille Book Corner: Five NEW Recreational Braille Titles Now Available from APH!

APH is now offering a number of new recreational books in braille (Quota funds can be used). 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 approximately 8 weeks for delivery.

Sanity and Grace: A Journal of Suicide, Survival and Strength by Judy Collins: T-N1536-80 — $51.00
The Grammy-nominated recording artist reflects on the suicide of her thirty-three-year old son and her struggles to cope with and understand his decision, supplementing her account with diary entries and song lyrics. (Adult — some strong language)

Vagabond: Grail Quest, Book 2 by Bernard Cornwell: T-N1547-80 — $121.50
In this sequel to Archer’s Tale, Thomas of Hookton battles adversaries as he searches for the Holy Grail, rumored to have once been possessed by his family. (Adult — some violence)

Run If You Dare by Randy Powell: T-N1564-10 — $35.00
This novel tackles the theme of finding meaning and direction in life, by contrasting Gardner’s efforts as part of the track team with his father’s mid-life crisis after becoming unemployed. (*AR#48141, RL 4.6, Points: 6.0)

How Animal Babies Stay Safe by Mary Ann Fraser: T-N1573-80 — $8.50
Let’s Read and Find Out Science book describes how animal babies are cared for by their parents and their own instincts. (AR#55905, RL 3.7, Points: 0.5)

Ninety-Five Pounds of Hope by Anna Gavalda: T-N1574-70 — $14.50
Thirteen-year-old Gregory leaves his feuding parents and the school he hates for a technical school where he can use the woodworking skills he learned from his Grandpa Leon. (AR#71428, RL4.3, Points 2.0)

*Accelerated Reader number, reading level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January APH News or

APH News Credits

Dr. Tuck Tinsley

Malcolm Turner, APH Web Site Coordinator

Thanks to the following APH staff:

  • Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
  • Sandi Baker, Field Services Representative
  • Janie Blome, Director, Field Services
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Brian Dougherty, Graphic Designer, Communications
  • Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Callahan Museum
  • Elaine Kitchel, Low Vision Project Leader, Research
  • Becki Moody, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services and NIMAC
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field Services
  • Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, Research
  • Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
  • Debbie Willis, Director, Accessible Tests

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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