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APH News February 2003

Your monthly link to the latest information on APH products, services, and training opportunities.

Gage Brogan Named to Test Central Position

Gage Brogan

We are pleased to announce Gage Brogan as Test Central’s (TC’s) Outsource & Test Security Specialist. He brings with him a degree in Economics from Depauw University and a law degree from Boston University School of Law. His responsibilities as a member of TC will be to develop an extensive database of qualified outsources for various aspects of test development or adaptation, and the production of tests in accessible media. He will also ensure the security of test items and gather information on customer satisfaction.

If you are interested in working with TC as a test editor, item reviewer, test transcriber, proofreader, tactile graphics designer, or test producer, feel free to contact Gage at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 800/223-1839, ext. 280. In Gage’s words, "I’m excited to be aboard."

ISAVE Research Study


Advisory Services staff members Janie Humphries and Sandi Baker are assisting Louisville ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Rychwalski in a study he is conducting around the Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency (ISAVE). Dr. Rychwalski will present the findings of the study at an ophthalmological conference in March. Dr. Rychwalski and APH believe this research will show that the ISAVE is an important assessment tool for educators, parents and medical professionals that will provide greater amounts of detailed information about the functional visual skills of children in this difficult to assess population.

A child being tested with ISAVE

Beth Langley, author of the ISAVE product, provided Dr. Rychwalski with the research used in the development of the product, and with assessments of students in the Pinellas County school district in Florida. Janie and Sandi coordinated efforts among state and local agencies in Kentucky to provide Dr. Rychwalski with additional assessments needed for research. Staff from the Kentucky School for the Blind, the Kentucky Deafblind Project, and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) joined Janie and Sandi to conduct direct assessments of a number of young children in the greater Louisville area and across Kentucky. Dr. Rychwalski will be provided with written summaries of those assessments for use in the study and will share the results of his study with APH for our future use.

Cortical Visual Impairment: What You See Is Not Always What You Get

National Instructional Partnerships

There is still time to register for this APH National Instructional Partnerships event, featuring Dr. Christine Roman, in the Northern California area. APH is sponsoring the event in partnership with Ex Officio Trustees Rod Brawley and Mike Cole and the California Transcribers and Educators for the Visually Handicapped (CTEVH).

The two-day meeting will focus on a wide variety of materials for intervention using selected APH products, along with techniques for assessment and identification of children with cortical visual impairment.

The workshop dates are March 5-6, 2003, two days immediately preceding the annual CTEVH conference, at the conference hotel, the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, CA. There will be no registration fees for the conference, but a materials cost of $25 will be included. The materials fee will be waived for those also attending the CTEVH conference.

Registration information is available from Janie Humphries at the American Printing House for the Blind, 800/223-1839, ext. 367 or email hidden; JavaScript is required, and at the APH web site,

Love That "Loving Me"

APH invites you to join Dean and Naomi Tuttle and Billy Brookshire in the upcoming National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event Loving Me: Secrets of Self Esteem, April 21 and 22, 2003, in Albuquerque, NM. APH is pleased to present this NIP event in partnership with Ex Officio Trustee Kenalea Johnson and the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped.

Billy is the creator of the new APH product Loving Me, a curriculum designed to facilitate workshops that promote self-esteem in students and adults who are visually impaired. This hands-on presentation will appeal to teachers, parents, rehabilitation teachers and counselors, students (junior high and older) and adults who are blind and visually impaired.

Loving Me: Secrets of Self Esteem will be held at the Uptown Sheraton Hotel in Albuquerque, NM. Rooms at the hotel will be offered for a special rate of $69 per night. Registration details, along with a tentative agenda, and other information will be available soon on the APH web site,

Upcoming NIP Events

Mark your calendars now for these exciting future events. Watch the APH News and the APH web site for registration information and workshop details!

  • June 3 – 4, 2003
    Time For Art, presented by Gail Sholwalter
    Philadelphia, PA
  • June 23 – 24, 2003
    Loving Me, presented by Billy Brookshire
    Los Angeles, CA
  • July 14 – 16, 2003
    Cortical Visual Impairment: What You See Is Not Always What You Get, presented by Chris Roman
    Louisville, KY
  • September 11 – 12, 2003
    "Making It Count: Math Skills for Students with Visual Impairment"
    Presented by Susan Osterhaus
    Boston, MA

APH Recorder/Player Survey

APH Business Development Manager Tony Grantz is seeking input to assess the needs of the field for audio cassette recorders/players, specifically the APH Handi II and TableTop Four-Track Recorders/Players, which both record and playback four-track tapes. As we consider the impact of new technology in the development of recorder/playback devices, we need your input about the use of those currently available from APH.

A short survey is now posted on the APH web site, The direct link is—please share this link with other educators, rehabilitation personnel, students, and consumers who might have valuable information to share.

If you wish to submit additional thoughts, convey new trends in technology, or receive a hardcopy of this form, please contact Tony Grantz at 800/223-1839, ext. 290 or by e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Your input is very important to us and will guide our future planning!

Please Welcome our New APH Ex Officio Trustees!

Sally Giittinger, Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, replacing Jean Gotschall who remains the Ex Officio Trustee for the Nebraska State Department of Education.

Mark Riccobono, Wisconsin School for the Visually Impaired and Education Services for the Visually Impaired, replacing Stacey Grandt.

Mary Ann Perry, South Carolina Department of Disability and Special Needs, replacing Deborah McPherson.

Jaqueline Denk, Kansas State Board of Education, replacing
William Daugherty, who remains Ex Officio Trustee for the Kansas School for the Blind.

Mildred Howard, Georgia Academy for the Blind, replacing Marie Amerson.

Steve Rothstein, Perkins School for the Blind, replacing Kevin Lessard.

Victoria Brust, Alphapointe Center for Blindness and Low Vision, replacing Richard Knight.

Federal Quota/SRS Training to be Held in Louisville!

APH will welcome staff members from all over the country to a training session on the Federal Quota Census and the SRS (Student Registration System) Program. This event is geared to administrative staff who enter census data into the SRS program. Topics covered will include an overview of the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, the Census process, acuities, hands-on computer training, and Federal Quota ordering.

There is still room for a few more participants, so if you would like to attend the February 24-25 training, please contact Karen Blaker at 800/223-1839, ext. 300, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required. APH will cover hotel and meal costs.

Upcoming APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH

February 19-22, 2003
Vision Loss in the 21st Century-Everybody’s Business; Beverly Hills, CA

February 22-26, 2003
Association of Test Publishers (ATP) 2003 Computer-Based Testing Conf.; Amelia Island, FL

February 26-28, 2003
Illinois AER; Jacksonville IL

February 27-28, 2003
New Mexico AER; Albuquerque, NM

March 3-5, 2003
Focus on Success II Conference, Pierre, SD

March 7-9, 2003
CTEVH 2003 Conference; Burlingame, CA

March 13-16, 2003
ASA (American Society on Aging) Conference; Chicago, IL

March 18-22, 2003
CSUN (CA State University at Northridge) Conference; Los Angeles, CA

April 2-4, 2003
KAER (Kentucky AER); Carrollton, KY

April 9-12, 2003
CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) Annual Convention & Expo; Seattle, WA

Louis Database Field Representative On the Road

Maria Delgado conducted two workshops in the state of Virginia in January. The first was at the Virginia School for the Blind in Hampton, where she trained 15 teachers on APH Databases. She then went to Manassas, VA and trained itinerant teachers from the Prince William County School System.

APH Scholar Repair Procedure

When sending a Scholar in to APH for repair, it is vital that we are given some idea of why the unit is being sent. Such information enables service technicians to have a better idea of where to begin making repairs. This saves time and, in turn, this means a faster return of a repaired unit to the students who depend on them.

When returning a Scholar for repair, be sure to send the battery charger. Many times, this is where the problem is found.
It’s also is a good idea to send the charger along with Handi-Cassette Recorder/Player machines when sending them for repair.

Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field – Wall of Tribute

In addition to accepting donations for Wall of Tribute stones by Master Card, Visa, and Discover, we now also accept American Express! For additional information, please use the following direct link:

Canadian Governor General Announces Terry Kelly’s Appointment to the Order of Canada

Terry Kelly: The power of the Dream CD

Singer, songwriter, and former APH Annual Meeting Keynote speaker, Terry Kelly, has received Canada’s highest honor for lifetime achievement, the Order of Canada. The Governor General acknowledged Kelly as "A man of determination, perseverance and talent, who inspires people of all ages."

Terry’s most recent CD, The Power of the Dream, available from APH (Catalog #: W-DREAM-CD, $12.00), is the first commercially produced music CD in the world to include Braille in the liner notes. A portion of the revenues from every album sold is donated to the World Braille and Literacy Foundation and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Congratulations to our good friend!

New Products!

Rolling Into Place

NEW! Rolling Into Place

Rolling Into Place is an interactive storybook intended primarily for children with visual impairments but can be enjoyed by any young child. As the hook/loop material ball is rolled to its final "surprise" destination, important hand skills and basic directional concepts are learned and reinforced. The book provides simultaneous visual, tactile, and auditory feedback that helps the child attend to the path traveled by the ball. Not intended for children ages 3 and under without adult supervision.

Rolling Into Place: 1-08450-00 $65.00

Some From the Moon, Some From the Sun by Margot Zemach

NEW! Some from the Moon

Some from the Moon is the newest title in the APH Chrissy’s Collection series of print / braille books. These fun books for young readers are designed to be read together by family members. Some from the Moon is a book of traditional poems and songs, including "This Little Pig Went to Market," "Brave News Is Coming to Town," and "Bingo."

Some from the Moon: 9-14017-00 – $25.00

Redesigned! Puzzle Form Board Kit

The new Puzzle Form Board Kit

A classic redesigned! The Puzzle Form Board Kit is a supplementary aid for teaching basic concepts such as shape, texture, color, size, and matching. This kit includes five different puzzle shapes with puzzle frames: circle, diamond, square, rectangle, and triangle. There are three variations of each of the five shapes. The colors of the shapes have been simplified for easier use and lower cost.

Redesigned Puzzle Form Board Kit: new catalog number: 1-03721-00 – lower cost! $60.00

NEW! The Gathering Note Card

The Gathering Note Card is the newest product in APH’s line of "Special Touch" gift items. This blank note card features a delightful artwork by a visually impaired second grader who has depicted her entire family holding hands. The card is printed on heavy, quality stock and includes a braille insert with the name of the artwork and artist.

The Gathering Note Card (10 cards / envelopes): W-NTCD-AF – $8.00

NEW! Pop-A-Cell

The Pop-A-Cell

The Pop-A-Cell provides a fun—even addictive!—way to play with and learn about braille characters. A large-scale braille cell is presented on a card measuring 2 5/8 x 4 1/4 inches. Each dot in the cell can be popped up or down so that you can create various braille characters. The dots are made of durable plastic that can be "popped" thousands of times. The cards come in a set of four with one each red, green, yellow, and blue card. Also includes a Braille Alphabet and Numbers Card.

Pop-A-Cell (4-pack) – 1-17002-00 – $8.00

APH InSights 2002 Virtual Art Show Now Online!

Electric Flowers by artist Christina Farley

The APH InSights Art Competition reflects APH’s mission to "promote the independence of blind persons" by encouraging individuals to create original art. Each year, APH invites visually impaired and blind artists to submit one artwork each to APH InSights. This unique art competition and exhibition is exclusively for legally blind artists and draws entries from across the U.S. and around the world.

Me and My Boy by artist Jeffrey Kneut

APH InSights 2002 is the eleventh year for the competition. The online art show features eighty-three works by artists from the U.S., Canada, and Finland. Participants range from preschool children to senior citizens and include professional artists, hobbyists, and school art classes. View the exhibit on our Web site,

Entry forms for APH InSights 2003 will soon be online as well. Deadline for entries for 2003 are April 1 for preschool through high school artists and April 15 for adult artists. For more information, contact Roberta Williams at, or phone 800/223-1839, ext. 357.

The New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped celebrated the opening of their year-long centennial celebration by hosting the Callahan Museum traveling exhibit, IN TOUCH WITH KNOWLEDGE—Hands-On Reading and Writing. Shown here at the November 6th ribbon-cutting ceremony that opened the exhibit are the Alamogordo Mayor and Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The NMSVH Superintendent Dianna Jennings and Mayor Don Carroll are shown holding the scissors.

The exhibit was at the school from November 6, 2002 through December 6, 2002.

Compiled by: Bob Brasher, Vice President, Products and Services
Designed by: Malcolm Turner, APH Web Site Coordinator

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Thanks to the following APH staff members for their contributions to this effort:

  • Karen Blaker, Advisory Services Support Specialist
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Maria Delgado, Louis Database Field Representative
  • Fred Gissoni, Customer Service Representative
  • Tony Grantz, Business Manager
  • Don Keefe, Vice President, Development
  • Janie Humphries, Director, Educational and Advisory Services
  • Becki Moody, Communications Support Specialist
  • Artina Paris, Advisory Services Assistant
  • Carol Tobe, Director, APH Callahan Museum
  • Debbie Willis, Manager, Test Central