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April 2011

Exciting APH Products!

Read on to learn more!

You Can be an "Unforgettable APH Star!"

APH is hosting a video contest in July, 2011. We want you to use your creative talent in making an "Unforgettable APH Product Video" to be posted on our site.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the most Unforgettable Videos. For complete contest information go to:

Advocating on Behalf of the Students We Serve

Support by members of the U.S. Congress for the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind of 1879 is critical in our collective efforts to provide accessible educational materials to students who are blind and visually impaired. Through APH’s Leaders to Leaders advocacy program, Ex Officio Trustees and other professionals in the field of vision contact congressional members representing their state to inform them about the unique learning needs of the students we serve, and to thank members for supporting the Act by appropriating funding each year.

So far this spring, EOTs and vision professionals in seven states have contacted members and sent APH Public Affairs staff copies of their correspondence. We are extremely grateful for this help to encourage continued funding for accessible educational materials at a time when requests for federal support far exceed available funding.

There is still time in the federal budgeting process for FY2012 to lend your support by contacting your congressional members. If you would like an information packet on the Leaders to Leaders program, including a sample letter and data specific to your state, please contact Becky Snider (email hidden; JavaScript is required, 502-899-2356 or 800-223-1839 ext 339). While Public Affairs staff works on Capitol Hill advocating for students who are blind and visually impaired, members are always eager to hear directly from you—their constituents. We thank those of you who have contacted congressional members as the 112th Congress begins, and we encourage each of you to add your voice to our Leaders to Leaders advocacy efforts.

Field Evaluators Needed!

Games of Squares

APH is currently seeking field evaluators for Games of Squares that is intended for students of varying ages (6 and up), grade levels, and visual acuities. Games of Squares accommodates a variety of common games requiring a grid layout. Possible games include a tactile adaptation of the two-player pencil and paper game in which dots are connected to make squares. This updated version of the APH’s former Game of Squares also expands game-playing options to include Checkers, Tic-Tac-Toe, and other strategy games (including those created by teachers and students). APH is currently seeking summer field tests sites. If you are a teacher, parent, or summer program coordinator who would like to review and evaluate the prototype version of this game board, please contact Karen J. Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, by April 30, at 502-899-2322 or email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information about this opportunity. The number of available prototypes is limited. Field test sites will be selected based upon location, type of program, and number of available students. Thank you for your interest!

Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars is a product presently sold by APH on quota (Catalog #7-08410-00). The authors, Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown and Diane Haines, decided to modernize this product to bring it in line with national standards for transition. They have completed their work and field testers are needed to review the product. If you are interested in field testing Reach for the Stars, please contact Burt Boyer, Early Childhood Project Leader, via email (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Fifteen field testers are needed and strong consideration will be given to those who express interest without delay. Thank you for wanting to be a field tester for this product.

APH Focuses on Massachusetts

Field Services Representatives Monica Turner and Kerry Isham attended "Focus" on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference on March 16, 2011, in Norwood, Massachusetts. The purpose of the conference was to offer information to help meet the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and vision loss. APH’s tables remained very busy throughout the day as a number of the approximately 350 attendees stopped by to try out products, ask questions, sign up for the catalog mailing list, and discuss teaching strategies.

APH Plays Cards Right at CTEBVI

APH products were indeed a winning hand at the recent CTEBVI conference in Oakland, CA. The conference, "Defining Our Future: A Winning Hand," was held March 10 – 13, 2011. Presentations by APH staff were well attended and well received, and our products were a big hit in the exhibit hall.

Some of the things most enjoyed by the 300+ attendees included the new Sense of Science Astronomy kit, the CVI Complexity Sequences kit, the latest unit of Building on Patterns, the Carousel of Textures kit, and the new APH Light Touch Braillewriter. Many who stopped by to try out the new brailler were thrilled with its look, feel, size and color, although there was one request for a pink one as well!

Louis News You Can Use!

New on Louis! Check out the Additional Resources section of the Louis help area to discover a wealth of useful resources, including links to the ATPC braille music collection and sources of sheet music and free electronic books!

APH File Repository Needs You!

(or at least your Files!)

A key goal of the APH File Repository is to provide users with braille-ready files for instructional materials in order to facilitate efficient braille production. By sharing braille-ready files with others, it is possible to leverage the work done by one braille transcriber so that it yields time and cost savings for other transcribers and agencies. Braille-ready files are ready to be embossed and distributed to the student as hard-copy braille. They can also be used directly by the student with AT devices that can read braille files. Agencies save time and money by avoiding the need to transcribe a textbook from scratch, and students win by receiving their instructional materials much more quickly. APH will pay organizations that use certified braille transcribers $50 for braille ready files of current K-12 instructional materials.

Text files can also be used as a starting point for braille production. While these files are not embosser-ready, they can be used with conversion software. Instead of having to scan the complete book before transcription begins, the text file can be directly imported into the transcription software, shortening braille production time. APH will pay organizations $25 for contributing text files of current K-12 instructional materials not already found in the repository.

An APH File Repository Advisory Council has been formed with the goal of increasing utilization of the APH File Repository. The Ex Officio Trustee list has been carrying some discussion of this new group. For more details, contact Julia Myers, Director Resource Services at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

NIMAC Webcasts!

NIMAC is once again offering its free webcast trainings to NIMAC users. We will be offering the "NIMAC Basics for Authorized Users" at 2 PM ET on Wednesday April 13th, and the "Advanced NIMAC for AUs" the following afternoon at the same time. We will also be offering the "NIMAC for AMPs" training on Thursday April 7 at 2 PM ET. All three trainings will be archived on the NIMAC web site. We will also be offering all three trainings, as well as an updated training for publishers, again in May. For more information, visit our web site at or email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

GITWL—Louisville Style!

Check it out: There you will find a link to the call for papers for the Tenth Biennial Getting in Touch With Literacy conference, December 7 – 10, 2011, in beautiful downtown Louisville. This grassroots conference is looking for workshops from professionals just like you, filled with practical solutions, cutting edge information and research, and the tricks, tips and techniques you use every day! Presentations are 60 – 90 minutes in length.

Presentations should focus on all areas of literacy including braille, print, the use of assistive technology and other literacy tools, research, and practice. A range of age levels and all ability levels should be addressed.

Never been to "the Literacy Conference?" Then be sure to join us in 2011 and find out what you’ve been missing! There will be exciting keynote speakers, wonderful workshops, great social events, a colossal exhibit hall and more! Keep checking the website for more information!

Night at the Museum

Printing tool or sandwich maker?

When high school students participating in KSB’s "Night at the Museum" visited the Printing House on March 19, they received some hands-on experience with how museums construct meaning from the objects they collect and preserve. Students analyzed unfamiliar artifacts from the museum’s collection, some replaced by newer technology, e.g., a Taylor slate (a nineteenth century computation tool), and others created for a purpose that is no longer relevant, e.g., slates for writing New York Point (a dot code that once competed with braille).

The students described each object, making notes on size, weight, shape, texture, and moveable parts, and proposed possible uses. Of course, adolescent imaginations sometimes proposed a skewed version of the object’s true purpose. For example, a tabletop printing press–similar to the clam shell presses used on the APH plant’s braille floor–was gleefully interpreted as a grilled-cheese sandwich maker. The annual weekend retreat for students in grades 6-12 was funded by the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation. It included visits to several other Louisville museums and reinforced concepts from the Expanded Core Curriculum such as technology, practical living, recreation/leisure, using low vision devices or Braille, and orientation and mobility skills.

Oldies but Goodies: The "Established" APH Product Series

by Monica Turner

The Card Chart Kit holds the 3 1/2 x 2 inch braille/print cards sold by APH. The chart board measures 19 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches and has holes for hanging and a corner cut for orientation. Up to five cards can be inserted into each of the six high contrast slots. The kit includes 90 blank cards. Additional blank cards may be purchased separately and several sets of prepared cards are available for purchase.

The Expanded Dolch Word Cards consist of 220 sight vocabulary words and 95 words with pictures. These cards can be used for reading practice or an informal assessment of a student’s ability to read words in contracted braille and to spell words in uncontracted braille. Words are shown in contracted braille on one side and uncontracted braille on the other, with large print on both sides.

Braille Contraction Cards are large print/braille flashcards that can be used for practicing the Literary Braille contractions. This set includes the alphabet and numbers, punctuation and composition signs, two-cell contractions, one-cell whole-word and part-word contractions, and short-form words. There are 247 cards in this kit. The first 26 cards contain the braille alphabet on one side and large print on the other side. Remaining cards contain contracted braille on one side and both uncontracted braille and large print on the other side.

The Math Drill Cards that are available for use with the Card Chart Kit include Number & Math Signs, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. The cards in the Number & Math Sign set have a math sign or number sign in braille on one side and large print and braille on the opposite side. Large print/braille math operations cards have a math fact on one side and the fact with the answer on the opposite side. These cards are done using the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics.

Together with any of these card collections or with cards that you create yourself using the blank cards, the Card Chart can be used for a variety of activities such as:

  • Alphabetizing
  • Matching (i.e., states and capitols)
  • Categorizing (i.e., verbs and nouns)
  • Reproducing information from a worksheet or blackboard
  • Sentence structure
  • Constructing a class seating chart
  • Scheduling activities
  • And many, many more.

Last Chance to Support our Run to Independence Team!

Your donation to support our APH Run to Independence team allows us to continue providing free services, such as our accessible magazines, and other programs to help people with visual impairments foster their independence within society. Our team is participating in the Derby Festival Marathon and mini-Marathon on April 30th, 2011. You can send a check made payable to: American Printing House for the Blind or donate online

And be sure to watch team member Jamie Weedman’s inspiring story:

International Mobility Conference to be Held in New Zealand

The fourteenth International Mobility Conference (IMC14) will be held in Palmerston North New Zealand from February 13 to 16, 2012. The call for papers is now open and will remain open until April 30, 2011. Please see for details.

A Teacher of Tomorrow

Mary Robinson and Mark Riccobono

The NFB’s initiative, a resource for those interested in exploring what it would be like to be a teacher of the blind, includes a mentoring program. The Teacher of Tomorrow program connects students who are preparing to teach blind children with the support, resources, and positive blindness philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind. The result is bound to be a high-quality education for blind students.

A member of the initial cohort, Mary Robinson, is an enthusiastic public school teacher from Fremont, Nebraska. Mary traveled to the Blind Driver Challenge™ in Daytona Beach as part of the Teacher of Tomorrow program. Here is the article her hometown paper published about her journey, "FPS teacher watches blind man drive."

Keep checking NFB’s website over the upcoming months as application materials for the next Teacher of Tomorrow class become available, or submit this short form indicating your interest now.

Riding a Unicycle!

See this new PE Feature and learn how to ride a unicycle!

APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees

Christopher Anderson as the new Ex Officio Trustee to the Guam Department of Education, replacing May Camacho.

Tiffiany Jones as the new Ex Officio Trustee to the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, replacing Andrea Noel.

Robin King as the new Ex Officio Trustee to the Louisiana Department of Education, replacing Bobby Simpson. Bobby remains an EOT to the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired.

Iris F. Leota as the new Ex Officio Trustee to the American Samoa Department of Education, replacing Moeolo Vaatausili.

James "Jim" Olson as the new Ex Officio Trustee to the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, replacing Lou Tutt.

APH Receives Awards and Nominations in the Blind Bargains: 2010 Access Awards

APH and APH-related sites received a significant number of awards and nominations in the Blind Bargains: 2010 Access Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of companies and individuals in the assistive technology arena and beyond. Winners are determined by visitors to, a leading online resource for people who are blind and visually impaired.

  • Best Blindness-related Blog: Winner: Fred’s Head from APH
  • Must Follow Twitter Account: Winner: @fredshead
  • Best Hardware Product: Nominated: Book Port Plus
  • Best Blindness-related Website: Nominated: Blind Cool Tech
  • Best Blindness-related podcast or radio program: Nominated: Blind Cool Tech

The APH-operated blog Fred’s Head won Best Blindness-Related Blog for the fourth year in a row. The Fred’s Head blog contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind and visually impaired people. Fred’s Head and the related Twitter account are managed by Michael McCarty.

Blind Cool Tech received two nominations. Blind Cool Tech is an independent podcast site operated by APH’s Larry Skutchan in his spare time. It publishes podcasts containing educational and fun programming such as interviews, audio sight-seeing tours, and information about accessible technology.

You can read the full award press release here.

Congratulations Michael and Larry!

"Like" APH at Our New Facebook Page, Now with More Features!

We invite you to visit our brand new Facebook page and "Like" us! The previous APH Facebook page has been removed. The new page has added features, such as better integration with Twitter and Flickr photo sharing! You can find APH at these social media sites: Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and at our blog, Fred’s Head from APH.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


April 3-5, 2011
National Conference on Family Literacy;
Louisville, KY

April 4-8, 2011
Appropriation: Various Legislative Visits on Capitol Hill as scheduled;
Washington, DC

April 6, 2011
Project Staff Meeting, Enhanced Assessment Grant;
Salt Lake City, UT

April 8-10,2011
Iowa Family Conference;
Adventureland Inn in Altoona, IA

April 8-13, 2011
American Educational Research Association;
Convention Center in New Orleans, LA

April 9, 2011
University of Arizona – Las Vegas APH Overview & Product Training;
Las Vegas, NV

April 9, 2011
NIP Event: Adapted PE at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School;
Cedar Rapids, IA

April 10-17, 2011
NBA Board Meetings and Conference;
San Diego, CA

April 12, 2011
University of Arizona – Tucson APH Overview & Product Training;
Tucson, AZ

April 14-15, 2011
NBA Spring Conference 2011;
DoubleTree San Diego/Del Mar in San Diego, CA

April 14-16, 2011
AOTA 2011;
Philadelphia, PA

April 15, 2011
Vanderbilt University Student Visit to APH;
Louisville, KY

April 18-21, 2011
ESAC 2011;
APH in Louisville, KY

April 25-28, 2011
CEC 2011;
National Harbor, MD (close to DC)

April 27-28, 2011
Math/Science/Tactile Graphics/Tech Product Presentation for CSULA/LASUD/Orange Co Teachers;
Orange Co, CA

April 27-29, 2011
Penn-Del AER Conference 2011;
Holiday Inn in Grantville, PA

April 28, 2011
Maze Day at the University of North Carolina;

April 29, 2011
FVLMA Product Training at Dakota AER State Conference (not NIP);
Location TBA

April 30, 2011
Early Connections Childhood Conference for Families (28th Annual):
Taking Care of Our Children-Taking Care of Ourselves; Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA


May 1-5, 2011
EPAC 2011;
APH in Louisville, KY

May 10, 2011
Low Vision Vendor Day;
Owensboro, KY

May 16-17, 2011
Arkansas AER 2011;
Wyndham Hotel-Riverfront in North Little Rock, AR

May 18-20, 2011
COSB (Council of Schools for the Blind) Outreach Forum-General APH Information Presentation;
Great Falls, MT

May 23-25, 2011
Expert Review Panel & Onsite Visit;
APH in Louisville, KY


June 2-3, 2011
Talladega/Alabama School for the Blind Association Assistive Technology Symposium;
Talladega, AL

June 4, 2011
KSB Alumni Event;
KSB in Louisville, KY

June 15, 2011
CIP Event: University of South Carolina Training;
Spartanburg, SC

June 3-5, 2011
Family Café – 13th Annual Conference;
Disney Coronado Springs in Orlando, FL

June 19-24, 2011
American Association of the Deaf-Blind;
Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell, KY

June 23-26, 2011
Visions 2011-Foundation Fighting Blindness;
Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD

June 24-25, 2011
Texas Parent to Parent 2011;
San Marcos, TX

June 27, 2011
CIP Event – University of Arizona Product Training;
Phoenix, AZ

Spring Fever Sale

Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Spring Fever Sale 2011, April 1—June 30. As always, first come, first served.

Turn Your Braille+ into a "Netbook" with the Braille+ QWERTY Docking Station!

The Docking Station IS available with federal Quota funds.

ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGE: All shipments will incur actual UPS shipping rates based on the destination.

SAVE $100 ON THE DOCKING STATION FOR A LIMITED TIME! Smaller than a laptop, the Docking Station for APH’s Braille+™ Mobile Manager provides netbook-like functions. Simply snap you Braille+ into the Docking Station and you have a highly functional, comfortable-to-use, portable notetaker with Ethernet connectivity!

Note: The Braille+ Mobile Manager is required to operate the QWERTY Docking Station.

NEW! APH Light-Touch Perkins Brailler

1-00815-00 — $730.00

Note: This manual brailler IS available with Quota funds.

This new manual brailler keeps all of the great features of the classic Perkins Brailler, but adds several enhanced features:

  • 1/3 less pressure required to depress keys
  • New ergonomic extended key design to increase usability and comfort
  • Exclusive Sapphire Blue color
  • Light gray keys provide contrast against blue frame

The APH Light-Touch Perkins Brailler preserves the qualities you love about the classic Perkins Brailler:

  • Durability
  • Reliability
  • Ability to braille wide paper


  • New ergonomic, light-touch keys
  • Keys are made of high-impact plastic
  • Emboss paper up to 11 1/2 wide x 14 inches long
  • Emboss 25 lines of up to 42 cells when using 11 1/2 x 11 inch paper
  • Durable baked enamel finish
  • Tough aluminum frame
  • Measures approx. 13.7 W x 9.2 D x 5.7 H
  • Weight: 10 lbs.


  • Brailler
  • Wooden dot eraser
  • Protective dust cover with cutout for the brailler handle
  • Large print/braille instructions

Recommended ages: 3 years and up.

Note: Young children should be supervised during exploration and pre-braille activities.

NEW! Posttest Teacher’s Manual, First Grade Level:
Braille: 6-78462-00 — $38.25
Print: 8-78462-00 — $38.25

NEW! Building on Patterns: First Grade Level
Posttest Consumables Pack: 8-78465-00 — $48.00

Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts — reading, writing, and spelling.

Posttest Assessment for BOP First Grade

Unlike the Unit Check-ups included in the child’s textbooks, the posttest is an important, separate item that assesses concepts and skills covered throughout the First Grade level of BOP. A set of consumable forms is provided in braille for the student and in print and braille for the teacher. The teacher’s manuals, available in both print and braille, give complete instructions for administering and scoring the tests and analyzing the results. Results can be recorded tactually on an accompanying line graph showing target scores for each subtest. This sheet makes it easy to see areas where the child is excelling as well as areas where remediation may be needed. Both the unit tests and the posttest assess the following critical areas of literacy development:

  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • New Reading Word Recognition
  • Dolch Word Recognition
  • Braille Symbol Recognition
  • Reading and Comprehension
  • Reading and Fluency
  • Passage Miscue Assessment for Speed and Accuracy
  • Spelling
  • Language: Grammar and Usage
  • Braillewriting

NEW! APH Talking PC Maps Software

Special Introductory Price for a Limited Time!
USB Flash Drive:
1-04105-00 — $269.00

APH Talking PC Maps Software provides spoken and on-screen map data and 12 million points of interest for U.S. states, territories, and Canada on one flash drive. It speaks on any Windows® computer, whether or not the computer has screen reading software installed. APH Talking Maps is a joint venture of APH and the Sendero Group LLC.

This software does not give information about a user’s actual physical location; it is not a GPS system. Instead, it provides a verbal description of physical space and what it contains. It gives persons with visual impairments the same information available to sighted persons through incidental learning when they look at maps, street signs, and signage on buildings.

This software helps your student:

  • Virtually explore streets and learn their layout by moving to the next intersection or by making left or right turns
  • Set a destination and track the distance and compass heading to that destination
  • Save, reverse, review, and print or emboss pedestrian or vehicle routes
  • Track the side of the street you are virtually walking on, and make realistic decisions about turns and street crossings required to navigate to a destination
  • Record or type descriptive information about a particular intersection, parking lot, building, or other location; and attach that information so that your student can access it when he/she explores the map

Example Uses of APH Talking PC Maps software:

  • O&M Learning Tool:
    Learn a new part of town:
    your O&M student can learn about the part of town to which his family will be moving. He can locate his new address; virtually travel along new streets; and learn about cross streets and intersection shapes. He can create a pedestrian or vehicular route from his new home to school (or anywhere else that he wants to travel); explore the route on-screen; and print or emboss it for use when actually traveling.
  • Classroom Map Study Tool:
    Explore Washington, DC:
    your sixth grade student can be included in the classroom’s virtual tour of Washington DC. While other students are looking at street maps annotated with government building names, your student can virtually explore the nation’s capital. She simply sets her position to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and virtually walks the blocks intersecting with Jackson Place, hearing where the Lincoln Memorial is located, and even finding out that the Senate private dining room is 1.74 miles East.
  • Incidental Environmental Learning and Location Literacy Tool:
    Locate a business for occupational interviews:
    your eleventh grade rehabilitation consumer can locate and interview members of ten occupations with which he is not familiar. After setting an address in the heart of the business district, he can virtually examine points of interest in categories and subcategories; locate types of businesses, services, or other facilities; find the phone number to use when making a personal contact with a member of an occupation; and even produce a route from school — all with a few keystrokes.

APH Talking PC Maps software, along with a User’s Guide, is delivered on a USB flash drive. Technology-savvy students and adults can use this software with little assistance. Other students may need some instruction in its use.

REVISED! Quick Check: Index of Literary Braille Signs:

Braille: 5-35960-01 — $10.50
Print: 7-35960-01 — $10.50

APH’s previous Braille Contraction Sheets have been revised and renamed "Quick Check." This reference booklet includes the 2002 and 2007 updates to the American English Braille Code approved by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA). In addition, this publication has been re-designed to be more accessible to beginning braille readers and to individuals with low vision.

This booklet contains the most commonly used literary braille contractions, such as whole words, lower-cell signs, short-form words, composition signs, punctuation marks, etc.


  • New signs for the &, @, ©, #, ®, /, and ™
  • Multiple ways to find contractions via the alphabetical or categorical lists
  • Specific sections on print symbols and diacritical marks
  • A simple explanation of contracted braille
  • Enhanced readability (larger fonts, bold simbraille, and contrasting colors)
  • Enhanced tactile usability (guide words, guide dots, and full cell of braille as spatial reference for lower-cell signs)

NEW! Geometro Shapes Sets:

Pack of 12 Decagons: 1-03025-00 — $200.00
Pack of 6 Octagons: 1-03026-00 — $100.00
Pack of 3 Hook/Loop Material Rods: 1-03027-00 — $28.00
Pack of 6 Rectangles: 1-03028-00 — $45.00
Pack of 6 Isosceles Triangles: 1-03029-00 — $38.00

Related Products:


  • GS16 Mini Set (8 triangles, 6 squares,
    and 2 pentagons):
    1-03022-00 — $74.00
  • GS22 Medium Set (12 triangles, 6 squares, 2 pentagons,
    and 2 hexagons):
    1-03023-00 — $99.00
  • GS56 Large Set (24 triangles, 12 squares, 12 pentagons,
    and 8 hexagons):
    1-03024-00 — $295.00

Geometro materials provide hands-on experiences with manipulatives that aid in teaching 3-D geometry. These new optional shapes sets can be purchased in addition to the main Geometro sets. These shapes can be combined with the shapes in the main sets to create additional 3-D solids.

NEW! Test Ready: Plus Mathematics 5 and 6

Test Ready: Plus Mathematics: Book 5, Teacher Guide:
Braille Edition: 5-00509-00 — $18.00
Large Print Edition: 7-00509-00 — $18.00

Test Ready: Plus Mathematics: Book 5, Student Book:
Braille Edition: 5-00510-00 — $46.00
Large Print Edition: 7-00510-00 — $35.00

Test Ready: Plus Mathematics: Book 6, Teacher Guide:
Braille Edition: 5-00511-00 — $18.00
Large Print Edition: 7-00511-00 — $18.00

Test Ready: Plus Mathematics: Book 6, Student Book::
Braille Edition: 5-00512-00 — $46.00
Large Print Edition: 7-00512-00 — $35.00

This test prep series offers practice for today’s standards-based assessments for grade levels 3 through 12.

Test Ready: Plus Mathematics provides preparation and review, in as little as two weeks before testing day. It also provides a program of instruction and remediation.

Students practice problem solving for:

  • Data preparation
  • Geometry
  • Numeration
  • Number theory
  • Measurement
  • Pre-algebra/algebra

Objectives for each of the above key concepts have been aligned with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics from the National Council for Teachers and Mathematics (NTCM). These lessons make use of routine, non-routine, and open-ended problems, with writing activities that require students to explain their solutions.

In just 14 days, students will be test ready with:

  • Timed pretest to diagnose skills gaps
  • Standards-based skill-specific lessons
  • Timed mixed-practice post test, mirroring pretest to show growth

Accessible Formats

The APH Teacher Guides and Student Books are available in several accessible formats, so that the entire class can work on math together in a multi-media approach. The large print and braille editions include a CD with an .html file and a digital talking book file with built-in player.

The large print student edition includes a specially formatted large print answer document. However, it is recommended that each student has a book in his or her preferred reading medium, and should feel free to mark answers in the test books. Used this way, the student books become consumable items.

Note: Copies of regular print Teacher Guides and Student Books are available from the publisher at: Curriculum Associates, Inc., 153 Rangeway Road, North Billerica, MA 01862-0901, 800-225-0248, Fax: 800-366-1158,

APH Braille Book Corner

APH offers a number of 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 several weeks for delivery.

Hairy Hezekiah
by Dick King-Smith: T-N1832-60 — $12.00
Looking for a friend, Hezekiah, a lonely camel, escapes from a zoo in England one night. He crashes through hedges and fences until some cows point him toward a safari park owned by a bushy-bearded gentleman, who figures out a way to help Hezekiah. Grades 2-4. *(AR QUIZ #118927, BL 5.1, Pts. 1.0)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
by John Boyne: T-N1830-50 — $47.00
World War II. Nine-year-old Bruno is dismayed to leave his three best friends when his family moves from their Berlin home to a remote country house. He struggles to understand why he can’t be friends with the boy behind the wire fence. Grades 6-9 and older readers. *(AR Quiz# 109203, BL 5.8, Pts. 7.0)

by Rudyard Kipling: T-N1834-20 — $117.00
Colonial India. Irish orphan Kimball O’Hara befriends a Tibetan Buddhist lama seeking spiritual redemption and joins him on a journey. Along the way, British Intelligence recruits Kim for secret-service activities. Kim attempts to reconcile the opposing cultures and obligations of the spirit and the state. Upper Grades, Fiction. *(AR QUIZ #103576, BL 7.7, Pts. 18.0)

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce: T-N1833-50 — $70.50
Largely autobiographical novel portrays the Irish childhood, adolescence, and early manhood of Stephen Dedalus. Stephen’s growing self-awareness as an artist forces him to reject the narrow world in which he has been brought up. Fiction.

While My Sister Sleeps
by Barbara Delinsky: T-N1838-20 — $82.00
When Molly Snow’s older sister Robin, a self-centered marathoner and Olympic hopeful, falls into a coma during a run, Molly guilt-trips about working at the family’s garden nursery instead of accompanying Robin that day. Confronting multiple problems–and a paternity secret–Molly helps her family cope with Robin’s incapacity. Fiction.

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