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August 2015

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

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

APH Announces the Retirement of Dr. Tuck Tinsley

The American Printing House for the Blind announces that its President, Dr. Tuck Tinsley III, will retire in early 2016 after 27 years of service to APH. Dr. Tinsley, a recognized and celebrated leader in the field of blindness, joined the company in 1989, following 21 years at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Under his leadership, APH has built its reputation as the premier locale in the United States for product development and innovation with the mission of serving students who are blind and visually impaired and those who provide services to them.

"Tuck is a champion of blind people. He has significantly influenced the education of generations of students through the creation of unique products and the crucial services that support them," offered APH Board Chairman, J. Barrett Nichols.

The highlights of his illustrious career touch many areas, from partnering with non-profit and for-profit companies to develop innovative products for blind students to leading APH to sound financial footing. Under his deft leadership, the company has contracted with thousands of product consultants and hundreds of braille transcribers to assure the timely delivery of innovative products, including a variety of textbook formats. His administrative foresight has kept APH on the cutting edge of product development, averaging 80+ new products per year since 1996, with 80% of the ideas for those products coming from the field.

Other noteworthy accomplishments include significantly growing the Federal Quota program, building APH’s status by strengthening connections with university programs, partnering with countless agencies and organizations to best leverage federal dollars, and building communications and relationships with APH’s 145 Ex Officio Trustees who administer the Federal Quota funds and register eligible students in the United States and the outlying areas of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Dr. Tinsley also accepted the responsibility of curating AFB’s renowned Migel Library and building and digitizing much of the collection, as well as establishing the APH Museum and housing the field’s Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

Dr. Tinsley opened the doors and windows of APH, ushering in a period of growth and expansion for which he credits staff and the company’s countless partners and consumers.

"I have been very fortunate to spend the last 27 years of my career in Louisville at the American Printing House for the Blind. It has been an honor to lead an organization with a clear, positive mission, extremely dedicated employees, and an amazingly supportive Board," Tinsley said.

“Setting the Stage” for an Awesome Annual Meeting!

147th APH Annual Meeting

Can you feel the excitement building? Can you hear the overture on the wind? We are in full rehearsals and will soon be ready for the opening act of the 2015 APH Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests!

Dr. Chuck Wall speakingOur Thursday night opening act will feature a performance by our keynote speaker, Dr. Chuck Wall. Dr. Wall is credited with creating the “random acts of kindness” movement, and he will share his insights and wisdom in his address, “Kindness: A Way of Life”.

Carl Augusto with Tuck Tinsley, 2009 Annual MeetingAs an added attraction on Thursday evening, we will honor a superstar with our presentation of the APH Wings of Freedom Award. APH is proud to present our highest honor to Carl R. Augusto, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. Carl has proven to be a true friend to APH throughout his career, serving as a major partner for the past 25-plus years, and we continue to benefit significantly from our collaborations with him. In addition, Carl has always attended and often participated as a presenter at APH Annual Meetings. It is therefore our pleasure and honor to acknowledge this career-long partnership by presenting Carl Augusto with our most prestigious honor, the Wings of Freedom Award.

At the request of APH President Tuck Tinsley, the celebration in honor of his retirement, originally scheduled for Saturday evening, will now take place immediately following Thursday evening’s opening session of Annual Meeting. There will be no Saturday night event. We hope you will join us for the festivities on Thursday, which will feature special hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and more as we take the opportunity to wish Tuck well on his retirement. If you have not previously registered to attend the opening session on Thursday, you may do so using your registration confirmation number. Simply enter your confirmation number and modify your registration. We apologize for any convenience the change may have caused for your travel plans. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.

As we move into our second and third acts on Friday and Saturday, APH staff will take the stage to present information on new and upcoming products, training on current products, details about projects and initiatives at APH and more. We’ll hear from the leads of our two Ex Officio Trustee Advisory Committees, introduce some upcoming stars (the APH Scholars) and invite some special guest stars to share the accomplishments and activities of their respective agencies. We will cap off Friday night with our very own awards night as we honor the 2015 APH InSights Art award winners and induct two new members into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

Registration information is available on the APH website,, or contact (Producing Artistic Director) Janie Blome, email hidden; JavaScript is required, for additional information!

We’ve Pulled Back the Curtains, and Registration is Now Open!

Online registration for the 147th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, to be held October 8 – 10, at the Downtown Louisville Hyatt Regency is now open. Registration information can be found on the APH website,, or you can click the link below:

Register now!

Additional information on the site includes a link to hotel reservations, an agenda for the event, a list of related meetings, information about our keynote speaker, and much more.

Deadline for registration is September 9, 2015. For more information, contact Janie Blome, 800-223-1839, ext. 367, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

In Memorium

APH offers condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Brenda Alexander, who passed away in July. Ms. Alexander served APH as an Ex Officio Trustee for six years, most recently at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Wood.

We offer our sincere sympathy as you mourn, and hope these words offer some comfort: “Seashells remind us that every passing life leaves something beautiful behind.” —Unknown

Learning Without Limits

A celebration of educational opportunities for people with vision loss
Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
June 8-10, 2015

The Learning Without Limits exhibit, reception, and awards presentation was held in June in the Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building on Independence Avenue in Washington, DC. Please enjoy the photo album of this extraordinary event!

Yale Training for APH Staff

Linda Turner, Matt Rummele, and Kate Herndon attended the Yale Publishing Course last week. Seminar topics included organization and change management, digital products, marketing and the latest ideas in print and digital publishing. Presenters included past McKinsey partner Dick Foster, whom Forbes named, "The Wizard of Innovation," David Wan, CEO of Harvard Business Publishing, Nihar Malaviya, EVP and COO of Penguin Random House, and faculty from Yale. Besides attending seminars, Linda, Matt and Kate had the opportunity to meet one-on-one and continue conversations over meals with many of these executives. APH is looking forward to benefiting from what they learned.

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Photo: William Sacco, Yale

APH Again a Hit with the Cultural Pass!

If we had a turnstile at the APH Museum it would be humming this summer. For the second year in a row, APH is a partner with the city’s Cultural Pass program for area kids. Last year, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called APH the “surprise hit of the summer!” Armed only with a public library card, Jefferson County residents under the age of 22 are eligible for free admission to Louisville attractions, including the Kentucky Science Center, the Louisville Zoo, and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Although the factory tour and museum at the Printing House are always free, sharing in the pass program gives our tours valuable marketing exposure. Last year, thanks to the pass, the museum set an annual attendance record and monthly marks for all three summer months that the pass was accepted. So far in June and July this year, the numbers are just as good. Pass holders under the age of sixteen can bring an adult along with them for free, and both adults and children are learning about braille, orientation and mobility, and the history of educational aids for students with visual impairments. With only a few weeks remaining, APH is the #6 area attraction out of the thirty participating institutions.

APH on the Road

FIRST Lego League

Connor MacKenzie and fellow students demonstrate Lego Robotics for APH Staffers Cecilia Peredo and Ken Perry

On July 14, 2015 Ken Perry (Technology Products Research), Cecilia Peredo (Development), and Heather MacKenzie (Technology Products Research) attended the Oldham County Department of Education’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) Summer Camp. The FLL campers were using LEGO Mindstorm EV3© to learn basic robotics. APH was on hand to talk to the students, which included Heather’s son, Connor MacKenzie, and learn how this great program could be brought into the fold of APH’s mission. The students gave Ken a touch tour of all the tasks/challenges the robot needed to accomplish. At the end of the camp, the Oldham County Department of Education donated a set of all of the challenges, along with the competition mat so that APH could continue their research within the fields of robotics.

Youth Science Summit

Rosanne Hoffman demonstrates the SAL

Ken Perry talks with students about the TI-84

“I have a vision. Regardless of fear. It is possible with work.” Those were the inspirational words that Ken Perry (Technology Products Research) left with a group of over 100 students who attended the Youth Science Summit at the Louisville Science Center on July 25, 2015. Ken Perry was the Keynote Speaker for the event. Rosanne Hoffmann (Educational Research) also participated in the event by conducting a lab where she demonstrated the Submersible Audio Light Sensor (SALS) to a group of 30 students. Both Rosanne and Ken were mentors in separate Speed Mentoring sessions, where a group of 3-5 students had 5 minutes at a table with a professional to simply chat about higher education, career paths, STEM advice, etc before a timer sounded and the group moved onto the next table.

Western Michigan University CIP Event – Go, Broncos!

Students from WMU participating in the APH CIP Event

On July 10th, Field Services Representative Kerry Isham presented to a very enthusiastic group of Western Michigan University Students in Kalamazoo, MI as part of APH’s Collaborative Instructional Partnership (CIP) Program. This event was a part of Dr. Dawn Anderson’s distance education program in the Department of Blind and Low Vision Services. The all-day presentation covered material on APH products and our services, the core and expanded core curricula, items for daily living, and literacy. Everyone also enjoyed some hands-on time with Tactile Town, Touch ‘em All Baseball, Games of Squares, and Setting the Stage for Literacy while participating in a group exercise. Lastly, the participants competed against one another in a “video scavenger hunt” and an energetic game of “APH Products Jeopardy,” both of which tested their knowledge of new and old APH products. The students reported gaining valuable APH-centric information during this lively day of activities.

Gateways Conference at Kentucky School for the Blind

APH was on hand at the Gateways Conference, held at the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville, KY from July 14th through 16th. The event drew around 115 vision professionals from across the commonwealth.

Field Services Representative Kerry Isham exhibited on the first day of the event, during which assessment was the presentation topic. A table of APH products was set up, where attendees could check out a number of items related to assessment including: The Basic Reading Inventory, The Boehm (large print and tactile), Accessible Answer Sheets, the ToAD Kit, and the Quick and Easy Expanded Core Curriculum.

APH was more than happy to be a part of this conference, which offered plenty of opportunities for learning and networking.

Join APH for the 15th Annual National Prison Braille Forum on October 7

Once again, this year APH will host a National Prison Braille Forum (NBPF) and we hope you will make plans to attend. A gathering of vision and corrections professionals from across the country will shine a spotlight on “Transition Success,” and learn from transcribers who are transitioning out of prison and establishing careers in braille translation.

Schedule of NPBF events:
Tues., October 6 — 7:00-9:00 pm, Casual Reception
Wed., October 7 — 7:30am-5:00 pm, Forum conference

Events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Louisville, in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting, October 8-10. There is no charge to attend the Forum or related activities, but pre-registration is required. To register, use this link:

For more information about participating in this unique opportunity to network, contact Becky Snider at email hidden; JavaScript is required , or 502-899-2356.

Field Evaluators Needed

Bright Shapes Knob Puzzle

The early childhood project leader is seeking ten sites across the country to test Bright Shapes Knob Puzzles. These puzzles have brightly colored Plexiglas® shapes—circles, squares, and triangles—similar to those contained in the Light Box Materials Kits. However, these shapes have cylindrical handles for easier grasp by younger children or those children who have fine motor delays. This puzzle contains thick, interlocking foam frames to allow for ease of insertion and multiple arrangements of patterns. The puzzle can be used with or without the Light Box, but we would prefer TVIs, early interventionists, or therapists who are able to use the puzzles in both instances. Evaluators must complete and return a product evaluation form at the end of the testing period.

Field test sites will be selected based upon the population of students served, geographic location, and type of instructional setting. The number of prototypes is limited and preference will be given to those who have not recently field tested an APH product. The field test will begin in September and will be completed by mid-November 2015. If you are interested in possibly serving as a field evaluator for the Bright Shapes Knob Puzzles, contact Dawn Wilkinson, Early Childhood Project leader at: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Gross Motor Development Curriculum

APH seeks field test sites for the Gross Motor Development Curriculum (GMDC). Movement is an essential component of a healthy, happy life. This curriculum addresses the specific needs of children with visual impairment based upon research findings on fundamental motor skills. The book is divided into two parts: Part 1 discusses the general instructional strategies that are effective in teaching gross motor skills to this population; Part 2 describes specific teaching techniques, cues, and modified equipment for instruction of 16 gross motor skills.

To participate, field test sites need one or more students who:

  • are elementary school age;
  • are enrolled in a physical education class;
  • have visual impairment, blindness, or deafblindness;
  • lack the perceptual motor skill to balance on one foot;
  • lack three or more of the following object control skills: striking a stationary ball, stationary dribble, catch, kick, overhand throw, and underhand role;
  • lack three or more of the following locomotor skills: run, gallop, hop, leap, skip, horizontal jump, and slide; and
  • lack the physical fitness skills to perform curl-ups or sit-ups and push-ups.

Evaluators will need to confirm each participating student’s baseline (i.e., lack of skill) for object control skills and locomotor skills prior to using the curriculum, and then document the student’s progress on each skill throughout the semester. Practice Records and instructions to do this are included in the field test packet. Evaluators will complete a product evaluation form (online) at the end of the testing period, and send in the students’ Practice Records by e-mail or USPS. This product includes the curriculum and Practice Records for each motor skill; it does not include physical education equipment (e.g., bats, balls, mats, cones, sound sources). A link to an accompanying video will be provided. Field test sites will be selected based upon geographic location, number of available students, and type of instructional setting. Field testing is scheduled to begin in September and conclude at the end of December, 2015.

If you are interested in possibly serving as a field evaluator, please provide the following information:

  • your name, title, school/agency, and type of setting (e.g., residential, itinerant);
  • number of available students with ages, grade levels, and primary reading media indicated;
  • your preferred medium for reading evaluation materials (regular print or electronic); and
  • your complete contact information (phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address).

Please send this information to Tristan Pierce, Physical Education Project Leader, at email hidden; JavaScript is required by August 31, 2015. You may also contact Tristan at 800-223-1839, ext. 380. Thank you!

Flip-Over Concept Books: FRACTIONS

APH is seeking field evaluators for Flip-Over Concept Books: FRACTIONS, an interactive print and tactile booklet for students with blindness or low vision who are beginning to learn about fractions, decimals, and percents. During the elementary years, grades 2-5 specifically, students build their understanding of fractions and the concept of equivalence as it relates to fractions, decimals, and percents. The goal of this FRACTIONS booklet is for students to learn about fractions by finding adjacent panels, included with the booklet, appropriate for the lesson being taught. The panels represent concepts such as fractions, percents, equivalence, comparison, and relationships. Once a panel has been selected and placed within the booklet, the student will flip through the panels to find the desired fractional, decimal, or percentage representations and then display them on the front of the booklet next to each other; panels with comparative symbols (less than, greater than, and equal to) are also included to facilitate additional activities.

Field evaluators will be asked to use the FRACTIONS booklet with multiple 2nd-5th grade math students with blindness or low vision. Evaluators will then complete and return a product evaluation form at the end of the testing period. Field test sites will be selected based upon geographic location, number of available students, and type of instructional setting. The number of prototypes is limited and preference will be given to those who have not recently field tested an APH product. The field test will begin in September and will be completed by the end of November 2015.

If you are interested in possibly serving as a field evaluator, please provide the following information:

  • your name, title, school/agency, and type of setting (e.g., residential, itinerant);
  • number of available students with ages, grade levels, and primary reading media indicated (please note that 2nd–5th grade students who are studying fractions, decimals, or percents in math classes are preferred);
  • your preferred medium for reading evaluation materials and completing the evaluation form (regular print/large print/braille/electronic); and
  • your complete contact information (phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address).

Please send this information to Li Zhou, Core Curriculum Project Leader, at email hidden; JavaScript is required by August 31, 2015. You may also contact Li at 800-223-1839, ext. 424. Thank you!

Place Value Setter

The Place Value Setter, offered in braille and large print, is a fun, hands-on way for students to learn about and develop a firm understanding of the basic math concept, numeric place value. With its refreshable and concrete display, this tool provides students with blindness or low vision with an immediate way to set up numbers (e.g., "329" for "three hundred and twenty-nine"). This tool is especially useful in inclusive math classrooms as it enables teachers of students with visual impairments to set up numbers promptly for their students. The students can then duplicate their math teachers’ daily numeric demonstrations and exercises, and thus participate in the same on-the-spot classroom activities as their sighted peers.

Field evaluators will be asked to use this tool with a number of 1st-3rd grade math students with blindness or low vision. Evaluators will then complete and return a product evaluation form at the end of the testing period. Field test sites will be selected based upon geographic location, number of available students, and type of instructional setting. Field testing will begin in September and will be completed by the end of November 2015.

If you are interested in possibly serving as a field evaluator, please provide the following information:

  • your name, title, school/agency, and type of setting (e.g., residential, itinerant);
  • number of available students. Include the students’ ages, grade levels, and primary reading media modes (please note that 1st – 3rd grade students who are studying the concept of place value in their math classes are preferred);
  • your preferred medium for reading evaluation materials and completing the evaluation form (regular print/large print/braille/electronic); and
  • your complete contact information (phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address).

Please send this information to Li Zhou, Core Curriculum Project Leader, at email hidden; JavaScript is required by August 31, 2015. You may also contact Li at 800-223-1839, ext. 424. Thank you!

Product Need Survey

Talking Solar Pedometer

Many individuals track their daily number of steps, calories burned, distance traveled, and amount of physical movement time using small devices that interface with smart phones and computers. These devices can be beneficial for persons with visual impairments because they allow the user to listen to their daily log via their smart phone or computer speech output. However, there are many adults and young children in school who have visual impairments and who cannot afford or have access to these smart devices. The American Printing House for the Blind is interested in knowing if there is still a need for a new type of talking pedometer.

Let APH know what you think about a possible talking solar pedometer. To take the survey, click

Quick Tips Corner

Back to School with APH Quick Tips!

It’s that time of year again – back to school! And you know what that means: It’s time for students of all ages to prepare for the upcoming school year with new notebooks, pens, paper, calculators, laptops and clothes! Of course, when the students return to school, so do the teachers – and teachers need to be prepared, too. The best of teachers always have great resources to accompany their innovative teaching techniques and up-to-the-minute subject matter. Am I right?

Enter APH Quick Tips! When surfing through the Quick Tips at , teachers can find a myriad of helpful video hints featuring subjects and APH products that include, but are not limited to: tactile graphics, CVI, physical education, Book Port Plus, Web Chase, Geometro Student Workbook Kit, Read/Write Stand, The Draftsman, and EZeeCount Abacus.

Among other Quick Tip topics for this month, just in time for school, we’ve begun a short series on the Sense of Science modules:

  • Sense of Science: Animals – Having examined the plants module, let’s now explore the Sense of Science animal module.
  • Sense of Science: Plants – Previously, we talked about the Sense of Science Series products. For this Quick Tip, let’s take a closer look at the plants module.
  • Sense of Science – The Sense of Science series includes three modules: Plants, animals and astronomy. These products help make science concepts accessible and enjoyable for students who are braille and large print readers.
  • Trees! – Thanks to a generous donation from Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities Company, APH is taking part in the local “Plant for the Planet” program.
  • National Braille Challenge – The National Braille Challenge recently took place in Los Angeles, CA and APH was there! Watch the Quick Tip about this auspicious event!

Teachers, as you get into back-to-school mode this month, consider helping other returning educators by making your own Quick Tip featuring APH products, and emailing it to email hidden; JavaScript is required, or just send us your ideas for future Quick Tips!

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: Bruce, H. Addington. "The Menace of the Figured Veil." Good Housekeeping September (1913): 301-05.

Headaches, indigestion, insomnia, eyestrain, and several other neuroses – these are the symptoms of using the fashionable “sources of evil” known as figured veils. The specialists referenced in this article claimed that women accounted for a majority of 64 to 76% of vision problems of the time. While some of that percentage may have been attributable to the needlework that women were often trained to perform from their childhood, it seemed likely that the figured veils that were in vogue also greatly contributed to this majority. It was admittedly necessary to sometimes use a veil to keep headgear in position or to keep hair smooth. But doctors recommended using plain, thin veils for this purpose. Not only did decorated veils cause the most eyestrain and vision obstruction, but the fancier veils also tended to be worn excessively because of their beauty, leading to even more strain on the eyes. This article has been digitized for the Internet Archive at

From the Barr Library: Hara, Kotaro, et al. “Improving Public Transit Accessibility for Blind Riders by Crowdsourcing Bus Stop Landmark Locations with Google Street View: An Extended Analysis.” ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing 6.2 (2015): 1-22. Web.

Although people with visual impairments commonly depend on physical markers such as a bench or a newspaper stand to find bus stops, there remains a lack of methods for deriving this data through computational devices. Hence, the authors establish and assess a technique for amassing bus stop location and landmark descriptions by joining online crowdsourcing with Google Street View (GSV). This article discusses the three studies, including interviews with low-vision and blind individuals, to help shape the construction of the human-based computation tool. The findings reinforce the significance of landmarks in the orientation process and confirm that GSV is a practical tool when merged with the support of crowd workers, with 82.5% accuracy in identifying bus stop locations.

The Barr Library now has a digital subscription to ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, available to all APH employees. Please contact Resource Services for more information on how to access this publication.

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

Tactile Graphics

Visit this section of APH News in the months ahead to find a list of available APH products helpful in the development of important tactile skills necessary for meaningful interpretation of tactile graphics by young children and students with visual impairments and blindness. This issue’s focus is on APH products (or individual product components and activities) that reinforce Basic Shape Recognition:

  • Boehm-3 Preschool Tactile Kit (1-03880-00)
  • Geometric Forms (1-03410-00)
  • Giant Textured Beads (1-03780-00)
  • Giant Textured Beads with Pattern Matching Cards (1-03778-00)
  • Hundreds Boards and Manipulatives (1-03105-00)
  • IntelliTactiles: Pre-Braille Concepts (1-08516-01)
  • MathBuilders Unit 1: Matching, Sorting, and Patterning (7-03560-00 and 5-03560-00)
    • Shapes Set
    • Bag B, Textured Shapes
  • Pegs and Pegboard (1-08665-00)
  • Picture Maker Accessories: Geometric Textured Shapes (1-08838-00)
  • Plexiglas® Blocks (1-08663-00)
  • Slide, Twist, N’ Solve: Tactile Brain Teaser (1-03991-00)
  • Small, Medium, and Large Circles, Set 1 (1-08590-00)
  • Small, Medium, and Large Circles, Set 2 (1-08600-00)
  • SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine with these activities or tactile mazes:
    • “Two Crowns” (included in Issue 1: 1-08862-01)
    • “Circles All Around” (included in Issue 2: 1-08862-02)
    • “Inside Out” (included in Issue 3: 1-08862-03)
    • “Stargazer” (included in Issue 4: 1-08862-04)
    • “Piece It Back Together” (included in Issue 5: 1-08862-05)
    • “It’s Okay to be Square” (included in Issue 6: 1-08862-06)
    • “Party Hats!” (included in Issue 7: 1-08862-07)
  • Tactile Treasures (1-08842-01)
  • Tactual Discrimination Worksheets (1-08800-00)
  • Teaching Touch (1-08861-00)
  • Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes (1-08834-00)
  • Web Chase (1-08460-00)

Do you have other recommendations for products or activities encouraging the development of basic shape recognition? Share your ideas with Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, at email hidden; JavaScript is required as she builds a comprehensive “Tactile Skills Matrix” for future reference on APH’s Website.

$4500 Tech Support Grants from Digital Wish

Digital Wish is providing tech support funds to school administrators who need help developing one-to-one computing programs for their elementary and/or middle school students. Grants are open to public, charter, and nonprofit independent school programs.

Digital Wish’s goal is to help create pilot programs that school leaders can use to determine the effectiveness of having a mobile computer for each of its students; 28 schools as of early July 2015 have already received funding. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis throughout summer 2015.

For a one-page application, go to For additional information, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please let us hear from you if you apply for and are awarded a $4500 Digital Wish Tech Support Grant and what you are able to do with the funds.

Social Media Spotlight

Have you checked out APH on Pinterest recently? On our STEM Resources board, we pin products and resources related to STEM learning for children who are blind and visually impaired. Follow us and get pinning!

"Like" APH at Our Facebook Page!

We invite you to visit our Facebook page and "Like" us! You can 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

Carson Cochran, the Georgia State Department of Education, replacing Jim Downs.

Derrick Phillips, the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Wood, replacing Brenda Alexander.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


August 3, 2015
Illinois Summer Vision Instructional Partnership (ISVI-P)
Jacksonville, IL

August 17-21, 2015
BVA 2015
Louisville, KY

August 25-28, 2015
Conference of the Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
Louisville, KY


September 9-13, 2015
Envision Conference 2015
Denver, CO

September 20, 2015
Indiana Vision Expo 2015
Indianapolis, IN

September 22, 2015
Toad/Tadpole Training
Owenton, KY


October 21-23, 2015
GVEST – Georgia Vision Educators Statewide Conference
Macon, GA

October 22-24, 2015
National Braille Association Fall 2015 Professional Development Conference
Louisville, KY

APH Sizzlin’ Summer Savings Sale

Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Sizzlin’ Summer Savings Sale 2015, July 1—September 30. As always, first come, first served.

NEW! APH InSights Calendar 2016

Single Copy: 5-18971-16 — $7.00

APH InSights Custom Calendar 2016: Call Customer Service

This twelve month large print/braille calendar features the exciting artwork of visually impaired artists of all ages. Includes months, days, holidays, and moon phases. Use at a desk or hang on a wall. Pages fold over easily.

Makes a Great Fund-Raiser!

These attractive art calendars can be purchased in quantity at a special price for fund-raising projects. Your group’s name can be printed and brailled on a special version of the cover and back panel. Fund-raising questions and orders should be directed to APH’s Contract Administration Office, 1-800-223-1839.

Recommended ages: 4 years and up.

Note: The single copy APH InSights Calendar MAY be purchased with Federal Quota Funds; however, quantity purchases of this calendar for fund-raising purposes MAY NOT be purchased with Quota funds.

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.

by Brian Floca: T-N2061-10 — $22.00
Recreates what it was like to ride from Omaha to Sacramento on the new cross-country railroad in the mid-1800s. Describes the sounds of the engine, the work of the crew, and the changing scenery. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz No. 160657, BL 4.7 Pts 0.5)

Heir of Fire
by Sarah J. Maas: T-N2051-80 — $230.50
Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage, while brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Grades 10 and up. *(AR Quiz No. 169986, BL 6.4 Pts 27.0)

365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts
by R.J. Palacio: T-N2057-10 — $37.50
A book of precepts with quotes and principles to live by for every day of the year.

Bellman and Black
by Diane Setterfield: T-N2050-20 — $142.50
Killing a bird with his slingshot as a boy, William Bellman grows up a wealthy family man unaware of how his act of childhood cruelty will have terrible consequences until a wrenching tragedy compels him to enter into a macabre bargain with a stranger in black. Some adult content.

by Jo Nesbo: T-N2047-00 — $215.50
Sonny Lofthus is imprisoned for crimes he didn’t commit in exchange for a constant supply of drugs. His addiction started when his father committed suicide after being exposed as a corrupt cop. New information causes Sonny to escape and go after those responsible. Some adult content.

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