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August 2006

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

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

Adjusting the Sails Annual Meeting 2006 October 12-14 Louisville, KY

Michael Hingson to Share 9/11 Experiences at Annual Meeting

In addition to keynote speaker Tom Sullivan, we are excited to announce that Michael Hingson will be speaking during the APH Annual Meeting 2006, "Adjusting the Sails."

Michael Hingson and Roselle

Hingson, National Public Affairs Representative for Guide Dogs for the Blind, was in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He and his Guide Dog "Roselle" descended 78 flights of stairs to escape the burning building. Michael and "Roselle" have become well-known as representatives of the strength of the human/animal bond, and have been successful in communicating the power of that bond in many interviews and public presentations. Michael has traveled with a Guide Dog for 40 years and embodies the partnerships created by Guide Dogs and those they serve.

We are honored that Hingson will be sharing his moving story with Annual Meeting attendees.

The 138th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests of the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. will be held October 12-14, 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky. Hotel and meeting registration information, along with a tentative agenda, can be found on our Annual Meeting site.

Calling all Patterns Users!

We are in the process of revising Patterns: The Primary Braille Reading Program and would appreciate hearing your ideas for Primer through Third Reader Level. Please let us know your thoughts on any part of the program you may have used with a student, clearly indicating the level – P, 1, 2, or 3 – about which you are commenting.

Tell us about stories or selections your student enjoys, and ideas and activities that really work.

Also, we would like to know which stories or selections from the Patterns Reading Program you hope will NOT be in the revision. Please specify things that do NOT work, and describe activities you think are better.

It is not necessary to comment on every selection or activity, but do tell us about the ones that stand out in your mind. Please include your name, daytime phone number, and email address in case we have questions and need to clarify your ideas.

We understand that you are very busy, but it would help us the most if you could send your suggestions to email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required by September 30, 2006 at the latest. Thanks!

What’s Brewing?
The 2006 Satisfaction Survey of Users of APH Products In Education and Rehabilitation Settings

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Communication with you, the consumers and users of our products, is an essential ingredient in APH’s development and delivery of specially-designed products for learners who are visually impaired. Your input and experience stimulate our planning and our processes and help us guarantee that our products respond effectively to the learning needs of visually impaired students and clients.

To assure that our directions and decisions are grounded in the needs and priorities of the users of our products, we actively gather the voices of our customers in a wide variety of ways, and we weave them into our decision-making. An annual performance survey is one of these communication tools. This year’s brief, 7-question survey offers you the opportunity to rate APH’s performance and to provide comments that explain your experience with us. The survey is designed to accomplish several key purposes:

  • To measure our performance and learn from your experience in order to improve our programs, processes, and products
  • To gather suggestions for revision of existing APH products
  • To harvest ideas for new products
  • To collect APH performance data for the US Department of Education.

We encourage all of you who have used our products in an education or rehabilitation setting within the last year to take a few minutes to measure our performance and to give us your input through the 2006 Satisfaction Survey of Users of APH Products. This 7-question, on-line survey will be available on our website at from July 31 through September 1, 2006. Your honest feedback about our performance and your input concerning the needs of visually impaired students continue to fuel our work, our direction, and our outcomes.

So, please take a break from your daily grind, sit down with a good cup of coffee, let your ideas percolate, and give us your honest feedback.

All responses will remain confidential.

For more information, contact: Mary Nelle McLennan at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Thomson Learning and APH File Repository

Thomson Learning has agreed to begin contributing files to the APH File Repository!

Thomson Learning is a major publisher of textbooks and learning programs, especially for advance placement and college level textbooks. APH is excited to welcome Thomson as a contributor to the APH File Repository!

The APH File Repository currently has more than 4,700 files that registered users may download to assist in producing braille. For more information on the APH File Repository see:

Louis Database of Accessible Materials and APH File Repository

Louis at 200,000!

On July 25, Louis reached a significant milestone! Louis now lists more than 200,000 accessible materials for people who are blind or visually impaired! Our thanks to all the agencies that contribute information about their textbooks, instructional materials, and other accessible materials! Through your efforts Louis continues to grow and share information about the availability of these resources to those who need them. Thank you for your continuing support!

First Annual Camp Abilities Concert

The Village Coffee House, located on Main Street in Scotia, NY will host a benefit for Camp Abilities on October 8, 2006. The concert will be held at the Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY. The band FLAME will perform. FLAME is a soft rock band comprised of eleven individuals who have autism, Down Syndrome, mental retardation, blindness and other developmental and/or physical disabilities. For more information visit:

Seventeen Louisville area kids enjoyed an afternoon exploring tactile graphics in the Callahan Museum’s "Make A Picture For Your Fingertips" workshop on July 15. For a calendar of future events check out our website at

New Mexico’s ‘Workshop with the Experts’

For the third year in a row Field Services Representative Sandi Baker demonstrated and talked about APH products for New Mexico State University’s ‘Workshop with the Experts’. TVI’s-in-training from New Mexico and surrounding states came to Las Cruces on June 29 and 30 to learn about the latest and greatest products for students who are blind and visually impaired.

The Sensory Learning Kit, the Tangle Toy and the Draftsman drew a lot of attention, as did the ever-popular BookPort. Participants were also eager to learn about the Federal Quota system, and how to access those quota funds!

Summer II Enrichment Seminar

On July 12, APH’s Sandi Baker was a speaker at Western Michigan University’s Summer II Enrichment Seminar–a weekly seminar series–for students preparing to be teachers of the visually impaired. Students come to these seminars to learn about various products, topics and issues related to the field of visual impairment. They were especially excited about the Periodic Table of Elements and Quick Pick Braille Contractions. And there was also interest in and extended discussion about the CVI Perspectives DVD.

Hadley School Allows Exploration of the Online World

Hadley’s new tuition-free online course "Internet: Beyond the Basics" will teach you about Internet security and show you how to discover the wonderful opportunities of the Internet with confidence.

"This course allows you to confidently use the Internet’s wealth of information," said Dawn Turco, Hadley’s Senior Vice President and APH Ex Officio Trustee. "Even if you consider yourself somewhat familiar with the Internet, the Internet security information provided in this course will improve your online experience."

Interested? Contact Student Services at 800/526-9909 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees

Antoine Johnson, the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, replacing Cecelia Rose.

Donna Bates, the Idaho Commission for the Blind, replacing Nancy Wise.

Russell Williams Plaque Installed in Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

Russell Williams Hall of Fame Plaque

The bas relief plaque of 2002 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Williams is now installed in the Hall of Fame.

Russ Williams, blinded by enemy action in France during 1944, was rehabilitated at Valley Forge Army General Hospital. The following year he was employed as a counselor and instructor in the rehabilitation program for the blind at Valley Forge at a time when Richard Hoover was beginning to develop the techniques of the use of the long cane. In 1948, with the encouragement of Warren Bledsoe, Williams initiated the Blind Rehabilitation Center at the V.A. Hospital, Hines, Illinois and became its first Chief. In 1959 Williams was promoted to Chief of Blind Rehabilitation in the Department of Medicine and Surgery, Veterans Administration Central Office in Washington, D.C. Among his awards were AER’s Ambrose Shotwell Award and AFB’s Migel Medal.

For the full exciting story, visit the Russ Williams Hall of Fame biography page.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


August 8-9, 2006
Making Tests Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or VI;
APH-Louisville, KY

August 14-18, 2006
Blinded Veterans of America (BVA) 2006;
Buffalo, NY

August 16, 2006
ISAVE Training;
Ogden, UT

August 16-18, 2006
CVI Event;
Woodbridge VA

August 24, 2006
ENVISION Product Training;
Pittsburgh, PA


September 12-13, 2006
NIMAS Development Committee Meeting;
Dallas, TX

September 21-24, 2006
Envision 2006 Low Vision Conference;
Kansas City, MO


October 12-14, 2006
APH Annual Meeting;
Louisville, KY

October 17-24, 2006
SEMC Annual Meeting;
Chattanooga, TN

Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Community-Based Physical Activities for Students who have Visual Impairments, Blindness, or Deafblindness

Going Places, Large Print/CD: 7-13090-00 — $68.00
Going Places, Braille/CD: 5-13090-00 — $68.00

Replacement Item:
Braille Worksheet Packet: 5-13091-00 — $20.00

Going Places is a resource guide for teens and young adults that promotes independent physical activity. It outlines a step-by-step process for choosing and participating in sports and other physical activities outside of the school arena. Includes:

  • Worksheets for choosing an activity
  • Descriptions of activities
  • Any modifications or accommodations that may be necessary
  • Suggestions for developing needed skills
  • Information on safety and self-advocacy
  • Athlete profiles encouraging a healthy lifestyle

NEW! 2007 EZ Track Calendar

EZ Track 2007 Calendar (with binder): 1-07900-07 — $29.75
2007 Calendar Insert only: 1-07901-07 — $25.75

The EZ Track Calendar, one component in APH’s series of large print organizers, is a systematic and organized way of keeping track of appointments, holidays, and other events. Each large print page holds four days’ activities, with enough room to write notes and appointments. The calendar comes with a three-ring binder.

Child-Guided Strategies in Spanish and for Mac

Child-Guided Strategies for Assessing Children who are Deafblind or have Multiple Disabilities
by Dr. Catherine Nelson and Dr. Jan van Dijk

Child-Guided Strategies CD, Spanish Version (PC): 1-31001-SP — $60.00
Child-Guided Strategies CD, Macintosh® Version (English): 1-31001-MAC — $60.00

Also Available:
Child-Guided Strategies CD, English Version (PC): 1-31001-00 — $60.00

NOTE: Not available on Federal Quota.

This unique CD-ROM is user-friendly and highly interactive as it demonstrates Dr. van Dijk’s strategies and techniques for assessing and teaching children with multiple disabilities through the use of video clips, questions pertaining to the video clips, discussion, and relevant literature. Comprehensive assessments of two children are included. Through an interactive question and answer format, the viewer can design an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the two children based upon the assessments. Also included in the CD-ROM is an index of many terms pertaining to deafblindness and multiple disabilities. Each term is defined, explained in depth, and illustrated by video clips. In addition to a comprehensive printed article detailing the assessment process, 12 full text articles by Dr. Jan van Dijk and colleagues are also included in the production.

Requirements to Run Spanish Version:

  • PC running Windows® 95, 98, 2000, ME, or Windows NT 4 or later
  • Pentium® processor
  • 16 MB RAM
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 640 x 480, 256-color display (higher resolution and color depth recommended)
  • Sound Blaster®-compatible sound card
  • Standard keyboard with mouse

Requirements to Run Mac Version (English):

  • Macintosh with PowerPC® processor
  • Mac® OS 7.x, 8.x, or 9.x
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 800 x 600 pixel screen
  • 16 bit color and CD-ROM drive

Toodle Tiles: Emmy’s TownTM Software

Toodle Tiles, CD Version: D-00300-00 — $49.00
Toodle Tiles, Download Version: D-00300-ED — $39.00

Toodle Tiles screen shot

A fun, educational computer game for all students.

Toodle Tiles: Emmy’s TownTM is an educational computer game for students 5 and up. Based on the matching game of Mahjong, the object is to clear away matching tiles and pave the way for the new mayor of Emuville.

Toodle Tiles features bright, high-contrast colors and simple designs in five different tilesets:

  • characters from Emuville, introduced in APH’s ENVISION program
  • a Chinese set portraying sea creatures
  • a veggie set
  • a universe set
  • for older students, a bug set

A plastic form is included to explain the multi-dimensional aspects of the game. The student with blindness can hear audio cues, as well as audio feedback, each time he or she chooses a tile.

Two Options for Purchasing

APH offers two convenient ways to order Toodle Tiles:

  • Customers can order the CD-ROM via mail, toll-free phone, or website.
  • Users can purchase the program through our Electronic Distribution method.

Simply download the demonstration version of the program from our website, Then phone our toll free number, 1-800-223-1839, and give us your credit card number. Within 24 hours, we will give you a code key that transforms your demo copy of the program into a full copy of the program.

Now Available!
Adapting Science for Students with Visual Impairments: A Handbook for the Teacher and Resource Specialist (ASSVI)

Adapting Science for Students with Visual Impairments: 7-00000-00 — $26.00

Replacement Item:
Advanced Preparation & Skills Checklists (5 of each), Print: 7-00001-00 — $7.00

This product is designed to assist teachers, particularly those with minimal science background and/or VI experience, in making operational science activities accessible to students who are visually impaired or blind.


  • Advance Preparation Checklist alerting the teacher to orientation and safety issues,
  • Skills Checklist readying the student for laboratory and classroom activities.

Both checklists are best used prior to the commencement of classroom and laboratory work.

The handbook, Adapting Science for Students with Visual Impairments, is sold with five each of the Advance Preparation and Skills Checklists. Checklists are also available separately.

APH Braille Book Corner

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.

Absent Friends
by S.J. Rozan: T-N1575-40 — $94.00
A link between organized crime and a fire captain who died a hero on September 11 raises questions for his family and friends. Some strong language. (Adult — Fiction)

Tyrant’s Novel
by Thomas Keneally: T-N1574-00 — $53.50
Prisoner is forced to ghostwrite a political book for a totalitarian dictator in this novel by the author of Schindler’s List. (Adult — Fiction)

American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care
T-N1577-70 — $82.50
Step-by-step family guide for dealing with injuries, illnesses, and medical emergencies, as well as advice on how to safeguard your home and plan ahead. (Adult — Non-Fiction)

The Coast Mappers
by Taylor Morrison: T-N1577-50 — $11.00
Tells how the scientists of the U.S. Coast Survey in the mid-1800s created nautical charts of the Pacific coastline. Also explains surveying techniques and copperplate printing. (AR #75563, RL 6.6, Points: 1.0)

*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
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Brian Dougherty, Graphic Designer, Communications
  • Rosanne Hoffman, Research Assistant, Research
  • Mike Hudson, Museum Director
  • Mary Nelle McLennan, Executive Advisor to the President
  • Becki Moody, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field Services
  • Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, Research

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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