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APH News: April 2016

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!

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

Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment: A National Conversation

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) came together to sponsor a full day workshop on CVI at the AFB Leadership Conference in Arlington, Virginia held March 3, 2016.

The conversation was designed to unite a core group of people to work together to build upon prior knowledge, initiate research, and discuss best practice interventions in support of the CVI population.

Presenters shared their work on CVI assessment, research, intervention strategies, need for multi-disciplinary teaming and the development of university coursework for future vision professionals. Attendees shared their concerns and needs regarding this complicated diagnosis. Discussion points arose related to the need for theory-based, ongoing research, educational product development, adaptations for curriculum, and guidance in the area of orientation and mobility. A CVI Division of AER was proposed and will be pursued as a way to continue the national conversation that began at AFBLC.

Presenters: Susan Sullivan (APH), Dr. Chris Clark-Bischke, Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, George Abbott (AFB), Dr. Lotfi Merabet, Dr. Amanda Lueck, Mindy Ely, Dr. Mary Morse, Melody Furze, and Michelle Clyne.

JAWS and MAGic Student Edition Available on Quota Soon!

"The announcement about the exciting new “JAWS and MAGic Student Edition” was made at the CSUN conference 2016 by Eric Damery, VP Software Product Management, Freedom Scientific (left in photo) and Craig Meador, President, APH."

Freedom Scientific and the American Printing House for the Blind have partnered to make a JAWS® and MAGic® Student Edition available to K-12 students in the U.S. using Federal Quota funds! These game-changing software subscriptions will be sold exclusively by APH and will allow students to install full versions of JAWS and/or MAGic on ANY computer they access (up to three machines). This will allow students to have 24 hour, 365 day-a-year access to their computers at both school and home!

JAWS and MAGic Student Editions will include full versions of JAWS and MAGic, with ongoing access to latest versions and updates. It will include free access to Freedom Scientific phone support, training materials, and webinars. Federal Quota funds can be used in the U.S. to purchase these subscriptions from APH for eligible students in K-12. The cost per year per student for the annual subscription is $300. The student subscription will be available from APH in mid-April!

Visit our JAWS and MAGic Student Edition page for more information about this exciting program!

Orbit Reader 20: A Low-Cost Breakthrough for Refreshable Braille!

Note: Unit shown is a prototype.

The high cost of refreshable braille devices (mechanical braille generated by computer-driven pins) has remained nearly constant for over 30 years. The Transforming Braille Group LLC agreed to fund development of a new technology proposed by Orbit Research. This technology maximizes simplicity, reliability, and greatly reduces cost.

At the recent CSUN conference in San Diego, the Transforming Braille Group announced a successful conclusion to this project and Orbit Research debuted a prototype of the Orbit Reader 20™, a revolutionary device that will have a price point dramatically lower than similar devices on the market today!

The Orbit Reader 20 is a small, portable device featuring:

  • Refreshable display of 20 braille eight-dot cells
  • SD card slot to access files on an SD card for stand-alone operation
  • USB or Bluetooth™ to connect to computers and portable devices for use with a screen reader
  • Braille input keys
  • Basic note-taking capability

APH is proud to announce that the Orbit Reader 20 will be available from APH in late 2016! Visit our Orbit Reader 20 page for more information about this incredible device!

REGISTER NOW! “Tailoring the Reading Experience” Library Conference in Louisville, August, 2016

APH is proud to co-sponsor the conference "Tailoring the Reading Experience to Meet Individual Needs," August 11-12, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. This is a satellite meeting of the prestigious World Library and Information Congress 2016 (WLIC) sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The Louisville satellite conference will immediately precede the full WLIC conference, which is being held in Columbus, Ohio.

Second Keynote Speaker Announced!

We are pleased to announce a second keynote speaker! Carolyn P. Phillips is nationally recognized in the field of assistive technology and disabilities. Phillips serves as Director and Principal Investigator of Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology (AT) Act Program at Georgia Tech | AMAC. Phillips has dedicated her time and energy to promoting independence of all people, including those with disabilities through advocacy, education, assistive technology and systems change.

Also joining us as a keynote is Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Group. The multifaceted Carey is a journalist, playwright, poet, broadcaster, and business innovator.

Find out more about this exciting conference and register today for Tailoring the Reading Experience!

Can You Pass This Quick Tips Test?

Here’s a test question for you:

March comes in like a ________ and goes out like a ________.
A. paramecium, amoeba
B. lion, lamb
C. Quick Tip, Quick Tip

Actually, this is a trick question. You may have been tempted to answer with “B. lion and lamb,” because that’s the common adage. But when you think about it, aren’t APH Quick Tips a more appropriate response? Or is that our bias here at Quick Tips HQ? (Hmmmmm, maybe it’s our bias…) I think we can all agree, though, that this time of year can be compared to lots great things. And Quick Tips are, without a doubt, our most favorite great things. (Again, maybe – just maybe – that’s our bias.)

Before preparing yourself for what most certainly will be some awesome April APH Quick Tips, however, you’ll want to brush up on last month’s brief, informative and APH-centric videos! Check out all those Quick Tips below!

  • Unforgettable APH Star Video Contest – Have you entered our Spring 2016 video contest? DEADLINE APRIL 13, 2016!
  • Blast Off with Braille! – The 2016 Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge recently took place! Check out this Quick Tip to find out all about it!
  • FVLMA Work Site – Did you know that you can access the Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment online? Here’s how!
  • All Aboard! The Sight Word Activity Express – Get your student on the fast track to learning high frequency sight words and common nouns with this interactive and versatile set of magnetic print/braille labels.

And, as always, feel free to send your Quick Tips and ideas for short videos to email hidden; JavaScript is required!

Orion TI-30XS Firmware and Learn Mode Update

Great news! The most recent production of Orion TI-30XS calculators has a new firmware version and updated Learn mode recordings that improve functionality. So that all customers who have purchased the Orion TI-30XS have the same improved functionality, we have created a method to update the older units to the newer version. Changes in the new release include:

  1. Changes in recordings for learn mode announcements on many keys to match what is shown on the key.
    For example, the previous learn mode announcement for the fraction key was "Fraction;" now, it is "N over D." This allows a user to find the key when it is described by a teacher.
  2. Fix made to lists of numbers that now announces negative numbers. Previously, there was a bug where negative numbers did not show up in some cases.
  3. New Upgrade utility

Before you perform the upgrade, check your version of the calculator by pressing the Access key followed by the Memory Variable key (two rows up from the On key). If the version announced is something other than 1.00.12, we suggest you perform the upgrade.

To get the new update, follow the instructions at the Orion TI-30XS 1.00.12 Update website.

We would also like to invite users of the Orion TI-30XS to join our low-traffic email list, where we answer questions, announce updates, and receive input from you, the user. To subscribe to the email list, send a blank email to: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Braille Plus 18 Development Halted

APH has announced that we will discontinue further development of the Braille Plus 18 mobile manager. We will continue BP18 support for current users until 2017. APH remains dedicated to providing equal access to exciting capabilities of mobile platforms for braille users and continues to believe an integrated braille system running modern software is essential. Please watch the APH News and social media for future developments.

APH on the Road

Focus on Vision Impairment in Norwood, MA Exhibit

Field Services Representative Kerry Isham was an exhibitor at the “Focus” on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference on March 9, 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 the approximately 400 attendees stopped by to try out products and ask questions. APH products that garnered copious attention were the Draftsman, the Mini-Lite Box and Pegs and Peg Board, the Student Model All-In-One Board, and Rolling into Place.

Blasting Off With Braille

Thirty-nine of Kentucky’s finest students met at the Kentucky School for the Blind and at APH on February 18, 2016, to participate in the sixth Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge. The Braille Challenge, a national program of the Braille Institute of America, celebrates braille literacy and braille readers through a series of competitions in spelling, proofreading, speed and accuracy, reading comprehension and interpreting charts and graphs.

Students competed for prizes donated by APH, HumanWare, National Braille Press, and Seedlings Braille Books. Additional door prizes and gifts were donated by the Greene Law Firm and by Brianna Miles, a student at Louisville’s Presentation Academy.

While the students were competing, parents, teachers, and others volunteers met KY Braille Challenge Alum Danielle Burton to hear about her experiences as a student at Morehead State University. Danielle and her father shared their keys for success and talked about things they wished they had known before Danielle went to college! Marathoner Dave Wilkinson also enlightened the group with suggested adaptive recreational and leisure activities for their students.

Congratulations all the winners of this year’s event, including Shane Lowe, the overall winner of the event, and Jenna Claywell, overall winner in the reading comprehension category. We will be rooting for you to make it to the finals in Los Angeles in June!

Building on Building on Patterns

An eager group of teachers and others gathered in Sioux Falls, SD for a special National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event February 22 -23. The workshop, which featured Texas TSVI Kristie Smith, focused on the APH Building on Patterns (BOP) curriculum. Kristie provided the 40 attendees with information on the components of the curriculum, strategies for its appropriate use, and the use of additional APH products to enhance BOP.

The event was held in partnership with Ex Officio Trustees Marje Kaiser (SD), Paul Olson (ND) and Sally Giittinger (NE). Held on the campus of the South Dakota School for the Deaf, it drew attendees from North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri. Thank you, Kristie, Marje, Sally and Paul for helping us make this event such a success!

Assessing Success in South Carolina

Dr. Cay Holbrook of the University of British Columbia made a visit to South Carolina on March 10 – 11to present a National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event focused on Building on Patterns (BOP), assessment, and the Expanded Core Curriculum. The event was held in partnership with Ex Officio Trustee Marty McKenzie, the South Carolina Department of Education, and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.

Those attending on Thursday received a full day of training on BOP and learning media assessments. On Friday, 127 people learned about general principles of assessment and about the late Dr. Phil Hatlen and his creation, the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). Thanks, Cay and Marty for this opportunity to assess the situation!

Everybody Plays in Minnesota!

It was all fun and games in Roseville, Minnesota when Dr. Lauren Lieberman presented a National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event for teachers of students with visual impairments and for teachers of adaptive physical education on February 26th.

The event, hosted by Ex Officio Trustee Kristin Oien and the Minnesota Department of Education, brought these groups together to learn about APH products such as Everybody Plays 30-Love, and others, including a sneak peek at the new APH Sports Court product. Thank you Kristin and Lauren for giving everyone the opportunity to play!

APH at AFB Leadership Conference

APH had a strong presence at the AFB Leadership Conference this year in Arlington, VA March 3rd-5th. Among those attending from APH were Craig Meador, president; Tuck Tinsley, APH president emeritus; Dorinda Rife, Vice President of Educational Services and Product Development; Gary Mudd, Vice President of Public Affairs; Nancy Lacewell, Director of Government and Community Affairs; Janie Blome, Director of Field Services; Susan Sullivan, CVI Project Leader; and Kerry Isham, Field Services Representative.

Dr. Tinsley served as a presenter for the session entitled Leaders and Visionaries: Reminiscences, Reflections and Recommendations and Susan Sullivan presented during a day-long session on CVI.

Kerry Isham exhibited APH products, and traffic at the tables was steady and enthusiastic. Participants particularly enjoyed the Joy Player; the Draftsman; Labeling, Marking and Organization; and the Touch, Label and Learn Human Skeleton.

Unforgettable APH Star Contest Deadline Rapidly Approaching

The countdown begins: 10, 9, 8…Star! There are just a few days left to send us your Unforgettable Videos. The deadline of the Spring 2016 contest is Wednesday, April 13th.

Every year, students, professionals, and customers from across the nation, have delighted us with their videos demonstrating their favorite APH product. Some videos are funny, some are informational and some are out of this world, but all of them have shown creativity and passion.

We invite you to participate in the contest by filling out a submission form and either mailing or uploading your video directly from your computer, phone, or tablet.

Take a look at the contest guidelines, and while you browse, view some of the videos from previous contestants. You may get inspired to win a $150.00 cash prize!

Visit:, and if you have any questions, please contact Maria Delgado at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Best of luck!

Treasures From the APH Libraries

The APH Barr Library supports research initiatives at APH, while the Migel Library is one of the largest collections of nonmedical information related to blindness in the world. Although the collections do not circulate, arrangements can be made to use the materials on-site. In addition, an ongoing digitization effort means APH will continue to make materials available through the online catalog at

From the Migel Library: Institut Des Aveugles De Guerre: Une Promenade Dans L’Institut. Boitsfort: Oeuvres De S. M. La Reine, 1919.

Institute of the War Blind: A Walk in the Institute is photographic tour through a facility created for veterans who were blinded during the First World War. Room and board were provided while the veterans took part in vocational rehabilitation. Students were compensated for their work making brooms, weaving baskets, rolling cigarettes, weaving textiles, performing office work, and tuning and playing instruments. In addition to a braille library, an experimental device called an optophone was available to students. The device could translate printed letters into a tone that a user could be trained to recognize. Upon leaving the Institution, members were provided with any supplies that they might need to begin their career, and with financial assistance to get their footing in civilian life. This item has been digitized for the Migel’s Internet Archive page at

From the Barr Library: Twersky, Jacob. Blindness in Literature: Examples of Depictions and Attitudes. New York: American Foundation for the Blind, 1955.

Dr. Twersky gave much consideration to classical, medieval, and modern literature, as a method of gleaning insight into the treatment of visual impairment throughout history. Tracing the evolution of blindness emerging from Western Civilization, textual examples include King Lear, Jane Eyre, and Treasure Island. It is divided into four time periods that correlated with the most significant developments in the conditions for the blind, spanning from before 1784 to after 1941. While the author acknowledges the long held opinion that that blind individuals constitute a class possessing stereotyped characteristics, however, because literature both reflects and shapes society, he took heart in the improved portrayal of blind individuals over the years. This item has been digitized for the Migel’s Internet Archive page at

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 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

Field Testing Opportunities:

Seeking Field Evaluators for Sketch-A-Doodle

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is currently seeking field evaluators for the Sketch-A-Doodle which is expected to offer an affordable tool for drawing quick tactile pictures and displays in combination with DRAFTSMAN Drawing Film and a stylus or an ordinary ballpoint pen.

The prototype set of materials includes the following:

  • (1) Sketch-A-Doodle board
  • (1) Package of 25 sheets of DRAFTSMAN film
  • (1) Drawing Stylus
  • (1) Product Instructions

Field testing will begin in late April and extend through mid-June 2016. Ideal field test sites will be able to use the SKETCH-A-DOODLE with multiple students (and/or adults) with visual impairments and blindness. The number of prototypes is limited. Field test sites will be chosen based upon location, type of educational setting, number of students per site, and age/grade level of students. Teachers/parents who have not field tested for APH in the past are especially encouraged to participate. All evaluators will be asked to complete and return a Product Evaluation Form and related Student Outcome Data forms by the end of the field test session.

If you would like to be considered as a field evaluator of the Sketch-A-Doodle, please forward the following information to Karen J. Poppe, Tactile Literacy Project Leader, at email hidden; JavaScript is required by April 12, 2016:

  • Your full name
  • Your professional title
  • School or Agency Name
  • Type of setting (e.g., Residential, Resource, Itinerant)
  • School or Agency mailing address including city, state, and zip code
  • Your preferred reading medium (print, large print, braille, electronic)
  • Email address
  • Best phone number to reach you
  • Number of your students who are able to participate
  • Students’ ages/grade levels
  • Do you currently use APH’s DRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing Board?
  • Short explanation for your interest in wanting to field test this product with your students

Field Testers Requested for iOS GPS App

APH seeks field testers for a new iOS® version of the Nearby Explorer GPS app. If you use an iPhone® running version 8.0 or later of iOS, you have a data plan with your phone, and you wish to provide feedback during the development process, go to Field testing begins in May. Consider giving us your feedback on this exciting product!

Social Media Spotlight

There’s Always a Sale at APH!

Did you know that each issue of APH News contains a link to a list of ALL of our items currently on sale? In addition, we feature one of these sale items every Monday on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our APH sale items Pinterest board. Many of these items are available only while supplies last, so check ’em out today!

“Like” APH on Facebook!

We invite you to visit our Facebook page and “Like” us! You can also find APH at these social media sites: Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, and at our blog, Fred’s Head from APH.

APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees

Jamie Sibson, the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Texas.

Karen Klein, the Rehabilitation Center in Colorado.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


April 7-9, 2016
AOTA 2016
Chicago, IL

April 7-10, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

April 11-15, 2016
Legislative Visits on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

April 13-15, 2016
Dakotas AER

April 13-16, 2016
CEC Convention and Expo 2016
St. Louis, MO

April 19, 2016
KY PLC Meeting
Bowling Green, KY

April 22-23, 2016
Pacific Northwest AER
Spokane, WA

April 24-27, 2016
International Preschool Seminar
Pacific Grove, CA


May 1-3, 2016
Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida VAVF Conference
Orlando FL

May 13-14, 2016
KAEPS Annual Spring Meeting
Louisville, KY

May 21-26, 2016
International Council on English Braille (ICEB) Sixth General Assembly
Baltimore, MD


June 14-15, 2016
KATS Network Assistive Technology Conference
Frankfort, KY

June 20-22, 2016
CCSSO/NCSA Conference 2016
Philadelphia, PA

June 23-25, 2016
Anaheim, CA

June 30-July 2, 2016
Visions 2016
Baltimore, MD

APH Spring Fever Sale

Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Spring Fever Sale 2016, April 1—June 30. As always, first come, first served.

FREE: Book Port Plus Firmware Update 6.02

APH has released the 6.02 version of firmware for Book Port Plus. This free update improves performance, corrects bugs, and provides a foundation for the optional Book Port Plus DAISY Online Delivery update described below. For instructions on how to download and install the update, see

NEW! Book Port Plus DAISY Online Delivery (DOD) Update

Hand holding Book Port Plus, Daisy Online Delivery Update

1-07191-ED — $29.00

This optional DAISY Online Delivery (DOD) update adds DAISY delivery capabilities to APH’s Book Port Plus.

Background: Several DAISY Online services have been available directly from APH for quite some time, including APH’s accessible editions of magazines (Reader’s Digest® and Newsweek®), Bookshare, and Open Library. And now you may also access NLS content directly from a DAISY capable player! APH’s Book Port DT and other DAISY clients can use this service to aggregate titles from these various services.

APH’s provision of the four services listed above consists of a combination of a server, a content provider, and a client. The server is hosted at American Printing House for the Blind. The content provider makes the content available. The DAISY Online services are provided solely by APH. APH ties together the application programming interfaces from the four services into a consistent service.

For more information about the DAISY Online Server, see

New Optional DAISY Online Delivery Update for Book Port Plus

The new, optional DAISY Online Delivery update ties together the four services listed above. This means you may download content from any of these services directly to your Book Port Plus without having to use a computer. It requires the 6.02 version of the firmware and comes preconfigured with the four services hosted by the APH DOD server. All you need to do to start using the services is to have an account with each service you want and to add your credentials to Book Port Plus.

Normally, APH does not charge for software updates and firmware updates, but licensing fees required for Book Port Plus require a modest charge for DAISY Online Delivery. The Book Port DT update is still free.

To Order DAISY Online Delivery Update

The $29 DAISY Online Delivery Update for Book Port Plus cannot be ordered directly from To order, please contact APH Customer Service at 1-800-223-1839 or email hidden; JavaScript is required. IMPORTANT: You must provide us with your email address and the serial number of your Book Port Plus.

You can locate your Book Port Plus serial number under the battery or it can be spoken to you using the following sequence: Press the Menu button, select System, select Properties, then the Book Port Plus will speak the serial number. To exit this sequence, press the Menu button again.

For more information about the DOD update, see

For more information about the DAISY Online Server, see

FREE: Book Port DT Firmware Update 1.2

APH recently released version 1.2 of the Book Port DT firmware this week. The main changes include the ability to now download content to internal memory. You will still need a connection to download a title, but once it is on your device, you may read without connectivity.

Four services now come installed: APH’s accessible editions of magazines, Bookshare, Open Library, and NLS DAISY. If you already had these services configured, they will still be available.

For instructions on downloading and installing this free firmware update, see

NOW FREE-OF-CHARGE: Verbal View Tutorials

APH produced a number of comprehensive software tutorials under the Verbal View name, which have now all been discontinued. Four of these tutorials covered the Microsoft Office® suite of products, and while they focused on Office 2007, the information is for the most part still accurate. There is certainly no other tutorial series available with more comprehensive discussions about using the Office suite with a screen reader.

APH has decided to make these tutorials available online for free! They are available in html, Word, text, and DAISY audio formats. The markup is superb, so they make excellent reference books. See for more information or to download or read the tutorials interactively in a browser.

NEW! Test Ready: Language Arts

Book 7, Teacher Guide:
Large Print: 7-00543-00 — $20.00
Braille: 5-00543-00 — $20.00

Book 7, Student Book:
Large Print: 7-00544-00 — $35.00
Braille: 5-00544-00 — $46.00

This test prep series offers practice for today’s standards-based assessments for grade levels 3 through 8. Test Ready®: Language Arts provides preparation and review, in as little as two weeks before testing day. It also provides a program of instruction and remediation.

Students practice in three areas

  • Spelling-cloze items and spotting misspelled words
  • Language-mechanics, expression, and use of resources
  • Rubic-scored writing-narrative, expository, or descriptive passages

Test Ready: Language Arts is a review program that provides practice in test-taking skills in reading comprehension and open-ended writing tasks.

Accessible Formats

The APH Teacher Guides and Student Books are available in several accessible formats, so that the entire class can work on language arts together in a multi-media approach. The large print and braille editions include a CD with an .html file and a Digital Talking Book (DTB) 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 have 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,

Note: Test Ready: Language Arts, Book 8 available soon.

NEW! APH InSights Art Calendar: 2017

5-18971-17 — $7.00

Note: The APH InSights Calendar may be purchased with Federal Quota funds; however, quantity purchases of this calendar for fundraising purposes MAY NOT be made with Quota funds.

This beautiful full-color calendar features the artwork of visually impaired artists. Suitable for low vision or blind students and adults or anyone who enjoys unique artwork.

Months, days, holidays, and moon phases appear in both braille and large print. This calendar can be used at a desk or hung on a wall and is ring bound to allow pages to be folded over easily.

Makes a Great Fund-Raiser! A special version of this calendar can be custom-printed and brailled with your organization’s name for fundraising purposes.

NEW VERSION: The Wilson Digital Voice Recorder, Version 6

1-03993-04 — $39.95

Note: Not available with Quota Funds.

This state-of-the-art digital voice recorder is simple to use. Record up to 12 hours of voice messages.


  • NEW for Version 6: "Check Message" Message Management System
  • LP/SP switch for Long Play or Standard Play (shorter recording time, better sound quality)
  • When memory is full, the oldest recorded message is automatically deleted
  • Will store multiple messages
  • Easy to add or delete messages
  • Clips to your belt, visor, or purse
  • Ear piece (mono)

Use to Record

  • Phone numbers
  • Addresses
  • Shopping Lists
  • Reminders
  • To-do lists
  • Notes
  • Appointments
  • Messages
  • Lectures
  • Directions
  • Audio instructions

Measures 2 x 3 x 0.5 inches. Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).

Note: Not compatible with Windows 8. The Wilson digital recorder is not related to the Wilson Reading System product.

NEW! VIPS At Home: Parent Empowerment Program, Special Education: Your Journey to a Successful IEP

8-00078-00 — $19.00

Note: VIPS@Home IS available with Quota funds.

Related Products

VIPS At Home: Parent Empowerment Program: Emergent Literacy: 8-00076-00 — $19.00

VIPS At Home: Parent Empowerment Program: Power At Your Fingertips: 8-00075-00 — $19.00

VIPS@Home is a three-model program developed from a partnership between APH and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS).

Because visual impairment is a low-incidence disability, a family with a young child who is blind may have never known anyone who is blind or visually impaired. VIPS@Home: Parent Empowerment Program addresses these needs by offering courses for parents that can be studied in the home, making it possible to get information to families at their convenience. These materials offer opportunities for connecting with professionals and other parents for support.

Course Description (Each course includes a Large Print Course Book and CD-ROM with accessible files including a .brf in Unified English Braille (UEB) and a presentation tool): Special Education: Your Journey to a Successful IEP

This course helps demystify conferences and paperwork, and puts parents at ease during the school years ahead.

Recommended ages: Birth to 5 years.

Revised: White Fanfold Tractor-Feed Braille Transcribing Paper, 11 1/2 x 11 inches, 3-Hole and 19-Hole Punch, 1000 sheets

1-04140-01 — $50.00

This low dust paper is designed to be used with computer-driven braille embossing devices. It has a smooth surface. Tractor-feed holes may be torn off. Due to availability, the previous 100# weight paper (1-04140-00, now discontinued) has been replaced with 90# paper.

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.

Fourth Grade Rats
by Jerry Spinelli: T-N2060-70 — $29.50
In the fourth grade, Suds Morton is supposed to leave his angelic past behind and become a rat–the next step up to becoming a man. His friend Joey tries to teach him the ropes, but the results are disastrous. Grades 2-6. *(AR Quiz No. 6361, BL 2.6, Pts. 2.0)

Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth
by Kara McGuire: T-N2056-90 — $65.50
Provides a comprehensive guide for teenagers to saving, spending, and earning money, and includes information on starting a business, preparing for interviews, opening a bank account, and purchasing car and property insurance. Grades 9-12.

Bumpology: The Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-to-Be
by Linda Geddes T-N2059-90 — $181.00
Prompted by her own first pregnancy, science journalist investigates old wives’ tales, news reports, and government regulations surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. Covers nutrition, body reactions, exercise, the birth process, newborns, sleep, breastfeeding, subsequent pregnancies, and more.

I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson
by Eden Collinsworth: T-N2060-60 — $109.50
A businesswoman reflects on the year she spent researching an etiquette guide to Western manners for Chinese business people, which went on to be a bestseller in mainland China. Discusses Chinese culture in the twenty-first century, cultural differences and the negotiations required of both sides, and lessons she learned.

Love Poems
by Bertolt Brecht: T-N2064-90 — $36.00
Collection of poetry focusing on expressions of infatuation, love, and lust, by the co-creator of The Threepenny Opera. "The Actress in Exile" is a paean to Brecht’s then wife during World War II. Translated from the original German, and written between 1918 and 1955. Some Adult Content.

*Accelerated Reader quiz number, book level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January 2006 APH News or

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  • Drew Lueken, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Emmy Malinovsky, Special Collections and Cataloging Librarian
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field Services
  • Ken Perry, Programmer III, Technology Product Research
  • Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, Research
  • Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
  • Mary Robinson, Assistant, Field Services
  • Larry Skutchan, Director, Technology Product Research
  • Susan Sullivan, CVI Project Leader, Research

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