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!
- Winter Wonderland Sale
- Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program, First Grade Level, Unit 3
- Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes
- Sound Adapted Tangle Ball Kit
- Child-guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach to Assessment
- Flash Cartridge, 2GB, Green
- Electric Perkins Brailler and Meterstick Again Available
- APH Braille Book Corner
AFB Announces 2010 Migel Medal Recipients
AFB News Release Excerpt:
New York, NY (January 11, 2010)–The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to announce the 2010 winners of the prestigious Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The 2010 Professional Award recipient is Tuck Tinsley III, President, American Printing House for the Blind and the 2010 Migel Lay Volunteer Award recipient is Deane B. Blazie, an electrical engineer and developer of the Braille ‘n Speak.
"This year’s awardees have created products and technology that help people with vision loss thrive in the classroom, the workplace, and in their daily activities," said Carl R. Augusto, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "We are honored to publicly recognize Tuck and Deane for their incredible contributions to the field of blindness and low vision."
The AFB Migel Medal was established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.
The 2010 Professional Award Recipient is Tuck Tinsley III
Dr. Tuck Tinsley’s positive leadership of the American Printing House for the Blind for over 20 years has guided the company to an era of collaboration with the entire field of blindness. By refocusing APH on its original mission of providing accessible textbooks, while opening the doors to the field and inviting adaptive product ideas, Dr. Tinsley has profoundly impacted the education of students who are blind and visually impaired. Among his accolades, he has received COSB’s William H. English Leadership Award, the VisionServe Alliance Excellence in Leadership Award, the Kentucky AER Exceptional Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Business and Industry by the Florida State University College of Education. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation and the World Blind Union.
Tuck Tinsley will be honored during the 2010 APH Annual Meeting taking place October 14-16 in Louisville, KY.
For the full story visit AFB: http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=47.
End of AFB News Release Excerpt.
We at APH congratulate Dr. Tinsley on this amazing and well-deserved honor.
Field Evaluators Needed for Tactile Tangrams
Field testing will begin in March 2010. The number of prototypes is limited. Field test sites will be chosen based upon location, number of students per site, and age of students. Teachers who have not field tested for APH in the past are especially encouraged to participate.
Woodcock Johnson III Training Available
APH is proud to announce an upcoming National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event in Alamagordo, NM, March 8-9. The event will feature presentations by Dr. Lynne Jaffe, educational consultant, author and Woodcock Johnson III trainer. The workshop is intended for teachers of visually impaired individuals (TVI), psychologists, educational diagnosticians, and graduate students in visual impairment preparation programs.
The two-day training will introduce participants to the WJ III Tests of Achievement adapted specifically for braille readers, and will cover important considerations in adapting a standardized test designed for sighted people; the use of examiner teams (primary and ancillary examiner); omission/addition of tests and new clusters and organization; preparation for testing; principles of standardized testing; general administration guidelines for most tests; administration of individual tests; reading the WJ III NU-Braille Compuscore® and Profiles Program Score Table; and finally, interpreting scores, variation and discrepancy procedures.
Got Art? Time to enter APH InSights Art 2010
Visually impaired or blind artists of all ages are invited to submit artwork for our 19th annual international art competition, APH InSights 2010.
Last year, over 400 entries were received. From those, jurors selected 81 pieces for the exhibition, which was shown in Louisville at the APH Annual Meeting last October.
Artists may enter original artwork created in any medium, including (but not limited to), painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber, metal or wood. The deadline for entries from students in kindergarten through high school is April 1. Adult artists have until April 15 to send in their entries. Complete rules and entry forms are posted on the APH website.
A New Challenge for Students With Visual Impairments!
Make Your Own Movie and Submit it to Braille Institute’s "Cinema Without Sight" Film Festival
In celebration of The Braille Challenge’s 10th Anniversary, Braille Institute is hosting its own film festival celebrating the abilities of young people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s called Cinema Without Sight. Yes, it’s our very own Sundance–a showcase for your point of view. Your video may be fully scripted, acted and edited, or simply a collection of images and scenes, but it must be based on the theme: I Am More Than What I See.
The top three submissions will be premiered at the June Braille Challenge Finals, with a top prize of a $1,000 cash award. Download an application from the Braille Challenge’s website at http://www.braillechallenge.org. It outlines the criteria for your work and all contest rules. The deadline is April 1, 2010.
Sensory Sensation in Northern California
Millie Smith, author of the APH Sensory Learning Kit (SLK), presented to a packed house in Fremont, CA, on January 14-16, 2010. Millie wowed the crowd gathered for a National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event held on the campus of the California School for the Blind in Fremont, CA. APH was honored to partner with APH Ex Officio Trustee Stuart Wittenstein to offer the event.
Millie provided an overview of the SLK, along with tips on using the items in the kit to provide meaningful instruction for students with severe cognitive disabilities. Staff from CSB included teachers, dormitory staff and others, and they were joined by itinerant teachers from around the northern California area. Highlights included a number of video presentations of students making significant progress through the use of the routines and materials provided in the kit.
Celebrating Mary Ingalls of "Little House" Fame
More than 160 people flocked to APH in January to celebrate the birthday of pioneer Mary Ingalls as a part of the museum’s recognition of Braille Literacy Awareness Month. Mary Ingalls lost her sight at age 14, but became a hero of her sister Laura’s series of "Little House" books and the NBC television series from 1974-82. Mary was college-educated at the Iowa College for the Blind, and a writer like her sister. The museum honored the life of this remarkable woman with cake from an original 19th century recipe, craft demonstrations of beadwork Mary was taught at the Iowa school, samples of "Pa’s" fiddle music performed by Barbara Henning, readings of Mary’s poetry, and a temporary exhibit on Mary’s life. For more information on the museum’s monthly education programs, contact Katie Carpenter at 800/223-1839, ext. 213 or check out our website at www.aph.org/museum.
Photo: Guest fiddler Barbara Henning in her "Little House" costume.
"Eye Camp" at Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Teachers of the visually impaired from around the state in Indiana braved the cold temperatures to travel to the Indiana School for the Blind in Indianapolis on January 14-15 for the ISBVI "Eye Camp". The first day of this two-day workshop included hands-on training on new products from APH, conducted by Field Services Representatives Sandi Baker and Cathy Johnson. The Friday session was geared to new teachers of students who are blind/visually impaired and focused on the impact of vision loss on learning, looking beyond acuities for referrals, common eye conditions and educational implications. An overview of functional vision and functional literacy assessments, making an appropriate O&M referral and basic travel strategies, tour of IERC and ISBVI, and an Outreach Services presentation were also covered.
Thanks to APH Ex Officio Trustee Leslie Durst and ISBVI staff member Diane Childers for the hospitality shown to Sandi and Cathy during their stay in Indianapolis.
Photo: TVIs participating in the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Eye Camp eagerly learn about the newest MathBuilders Unit on Data Collection, Graphing, and Probability-Statistics.
Ohio’s CISAM Holds New APH Products Training
Field Services Representatives Sandi Baker and Maria Delgado were on the agenda for the Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (Ohio State School for the Blind Outreach Program and Services) one-day "New APH Products and CISAM Services" training in Columbus, Ohio, on January 21.This one-day workshop featured new APH products in the morning, with the afternoon session focusing on new Federal Quota Registration Guidelines and CISAM forms and how teachers can order accessible materials for their students. Congratulations to EOT Paula Mauro for a successful workshop!
Teachers and Students Needed for Chemistry Tutorial Review
Jeff Dittel, of Quantum Simulations, Inc. (http://www.quantumsimulations.com/index.php), reports that they have built accessibility into their Quantum Chemistry Tutors, and need to field test the Tutors with blind and visually impaired students as part of a two-year federal research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Chemistry topics include: Chemical Bonding; Elements; Chemical Reactions; Equation Balancing; Ionic Compound Formulas; Mathematics of Chemical Formulas; Measurement; Oxidation Numbers; Stoichiometry
National Braille Association to Host Professional Development Conference
Where and when can you find the opportunity to network and refresh your skills in the following, using NIMAS files with NimPro for Duxbury and MegaDots?
- Literary Braille
- Nemeth Code
- Music Braille
- Tactile Graphics
- Formatting Educational Materials
- Transcription Software
Where? Chicago Marriott O’Hare
When? March 11-13, 2010
Check http://www.nationalbraille.org or call 585/427-8260 for updates of the schedule and registration details.
The National Braille Association is a sponsor of the Braille Authority of North America.
APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees
Patricia Yocum, the Missouri School for the Blind, replacing James W. Sucharski.
Larry Hawkins, the Oklahoma School for the Blind, replacing Karen Kizzia.
Eric Guillory, the Louisiana Center for the Blind, replacing Pam Allen.
Nancy Wise, the Idaho Commission for the Blind, replacing Donna Bates.
APH Travel Calendar
February 3-4, 2010
Advisory Committee – National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities OSEP;
February 5, 2010
SWOMA Conference 2010;
February 6, 2010
Maryland Braille Challenge;
February 15-19, 2010
Legislative Visits on Capitol Hill;
February 19, 2010
Central Florida Regional Braille Challenge Competition;
February 20, 2010
Indiana School for the Blind Regional Braille Challenge;
February 24-26, 2010
February 24-27, 2010
89th Annual EDA Convention (Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance or AAHPERD);
Rye Brook, NY
March 2-6, 2010
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Conference;
March 3-5, 2010
Virginia AER (VAER) 2010;
March 4-6, 2010
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2010 Annual Research Conference, "Research into Practice";
March 10, 2010
"Focus" on Vision Impairment & Blindness;
March 11-13, 2010
National Braille Association Spring Meeting;
March 16-20, 2010
March 19, 2010
Syracuse Tech Conference;
March 22-27, 2010
San Diego, CA – Manchester Grand Hyatt
March 24-26, 2010
Barren River Lake Park Resort, KY
April 5-9, 2010
at APH in Louisville, KY
April 21-24, 2010
April 23-25, 2010
CTEBVI (California Transcribers & Educators for the Blind & Visually Impaired)(was CTEVH);
LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, CA
April 29-May 1, 2010
May 3-5, 2010
Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida (VAVF);
May 5-6, 2010
Visual Aide Volunteer of Florida;
APH Receives Several Nominations and Awards in the Blind Bargains: 2009 Access Awards
APH and APH-related sites have won a significant number of nominations and awards in the Blind Bargains: 2009 Access Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of companies and individuals in the assistive technology arena and beyond and were decided by visitors to BlindBargains.com, a leading online resource for people who are blind or visually impaired.
- Best Company: Nominated: American Printing House for the Blind
- Best Blindness-related Website: Winner: Blind Cool Tech
- Best Blindness-related Blog: Winner: Fred’s Head from APH
- Best Blindness-related podcast or radio program: Winner: Blind Cool Tech
- Best Store for Blindness-related Products: Nominated: American Printing House for the Blind
- Person of the Year. This special award goes to the person who has most influenced the blind community or blindness in general in 2009: Nominated: Larry Skutchan
The APH-operated blog Fred’s Head (www.fredshead.info) won Best Blindness-Related Blog for the third year in a row. The Fred’s Head blog contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people. Fred’s Head is managed by Michael McCarty.
Blind Cool Tech received two awards. Blind Cool Tech (http://www.blindcooltech.com) is an independent podcast site operated by APH’s Larry Skutchan in his spare time. It publishes podcasts containing educational and fun programming such as interviews, audio sight-seeing tours, and information about accessible technology.
Finally, Larry Skutchan was nominated for the special Person of the Year award.
You can read the full BlindBargains.com award press release here: http://www.blindbargains.com/awardlist09.php
Congratulations Michael and Larry!
More Manuals Now Available as Free Downloads
The APH product manuals below are additions to our growing list of free-of-charge downloadable manuals. You may print or emboss these manuals as needed. We will continue to package hard copies of these manuals with their products and sell hard copy replacements. We do not keep these manuals in stock, but make them on demand as orders are placed for them; therefore, please allow several weeks for delivery.
Note: Some downloadable manuals may be available from APH in formats that are not shown on the download page; for example, the braille manual for a kit may be available for free download, but the large print manual may only be available for purchase, and will therefore not appear on the download page.
- Braille Connection: Mentoring Manual, Braille: 5-11102-00
- ENVISION I, Teacher’s Instruction Manual, Braille, 10 and Younger: 5-08551-01
- ENVISION I, Teacher’s Instruction Manual, Braille, 11 and Older: 5-08551-02
- ENVISION II, Teacher’s Instruction Manual, Braille, 10 and Younger: 5-08552-01
- ENVISION II, Teacher’s Instruction Manual, Braille, 11 and Older: 5-08552-02
- Sense of Science: Plants: Guidebook, Braille: 5-08980-00
Winter Wonderland Sale
Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Winter Wonderland Sale 2010, January 1 – March 31. As always, first come, first served. www.aph.org/products/wonderland.html
NEW! Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program, First Grade Level, Unit 3
Unit 3 Teacher’s Edition:
Print: 8-78461-U3 — $65.00
Braille: 6-78461-U3 — $65.00
Unit 3 Student Textbook: 6-78463-U3 — $17.00
Unit 3 Assessment Check-up Forms (print & braille): 8-78466-U3 — $16.00
Unit 3 Lesson Monitoring Sheets: 8-78463-U3 — $19.50
Unit 3 Worksheet Pack: 6-78464-U3 — $17.00
Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts–reading, writing, and spelling.
Note: Building on Patterns: First Grade replaces Patterns Reading: Preprimer, Primer, and First Reader Levels. The remaining lesson units of Patterns First Grade (Units 4-7) and Unit 8 (Introductory and Supplemental Information) will be released during the 2009-2010 school year.
The Building on Patterns series addresses phonemic awareness (ability to hear and interpret sounds in speech), phonics (the association of written symbols with the sounds they represent), comprehension, fluency, and oral vocabulary, all of which have been identified as important for reading instruction.
This program also addresses specific skill areas needed by the child who is blind, such as language development, sound discrimination, tactual discrimination, and concept development. Braille contractions are introduced from the beginning along with sound and letter associations.
First Grade lessons require students to read selections themselves with emphasis on decoding skills, comprehension, and fluency. Creative writing, related to the reading selections, is included with each lesson. Spelling is based upon phonics skills. Worksheet packs, lesson monitoring sheets, and unit assessment packs are consumables and are available separately.
Recommended ages: 6 to 7 years and up.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten or equivalent skills.
NEW! Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes
1-08834-00 — $130.00
ALL-IN-ONE Board: 1-08836-00 — $145.00
Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes is an assortment of magnetic shapes (circles, squares, triangles, and stars) and sorting circles. The shapes are provided in a variety of textures (smooth, rough, and bumpy), sizes (large, medium, and small), and colors (red, yellow, and blue). The accompanying sorting circles are also provided in a variety of colors and textures.
All of these shapes and circles have a magnetic backing and are ready for use on a metal surface (e.g., APH’s ALL-IN-ONE Board). However, if the teacher would rather use them in combination with a VELCRO® brand-compatible board, VELCOIN® brand are provided.
Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes is intended to facilitate a variety of matching, counting, patterning, sorting, and graphing activities such as:
- Identify pieces by shape, texture, size, or color.
- Match or sort pieces by shape, texture, size, or color,
- Sequence the pieces by size (i.e., small, medium, large).
- Identify, repeat, extend, or create patterns.
- Organize, classify, represent, and interpret data using Venn diagrams.
Recommended ages: 5 years and up.
WARNING: Choking Hazard — Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.
NEW! Sound Adapted Tangle Ball Kit (3 Balls)
1-08111-00 — $36.00
Watch your baby be creative with his/her "first sound ball." This ball doubles as a teething toy and is great for educational play.
- Spatial development and interaction
- Creative play
- Grasping skills for both hands
- Hand-eye coordination
- Sound localization skills
- Fine motor skills
- Interaction with others
Made of safe, soft plastic material.
Note: Interior ball can be removed if desired. Some customer assembly required.
Recommended ages: 6 months and up.
WARNING: Choking Hazard — Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.
NEW! Child-guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach to Assessment
Print Guidebook/CD, and DVD: 7-31001-00 — $45.00
For understanding children and youth with sensory impairments and multiple disabilities.
This product consists of an easy-to-use guidebook with an accompanying DVD that follows the assessment of a baby, a young child, and a teenager. The Van Dijk assessment is unique as it follows the lead of the individual learner. Critical to the process is the recognition that assessment and intervention must always occur "hand in glove" and that meaningful assessment guides intervention. This product contains the guiding principle and guidelines to conduct an assessment that follows the Van Dijk approach.
- Behavioral State
- Orienting Response
- Learning Channels
- Social Interactions
- Problem Solving
- Print guidebook
- Accessible CD with electronic assessment forms
NEW! Flash Cartridge, 2GB, Green
1-02610-00 — $11.99
Not available with Quota funds.
Flash memory cartridge for use with the NLS Digital Talking Book Player.
Electric Perkins Brailler and Meterstick Again Available
We are happy to announce that these two products are again available from APH:
Perkins Brailler: Light-Touch Electric
Blue: 1-00860-00 — $970.00
This precision-made brailler, in use for over 50 years, is available in an electric version. The electric Perkins allows you to produce braille with minimal effort and for longer periods of time.
The Perkins will accommodate paper up to 11 1/2 x 14 inches and embosses 25 lines of 41 cells on 11 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Frame is aluminum, keys are high-impact plastic. Includes cover, braille eraser, and braille quickstart instructions.
Note: Young children should be supervised during brailler exploration and pre-braille activities.
1-03000-00 — $16.00
This plastic meterstick has raised lines every centimeter and braille every other centimeter. It is drilled for hanging, and has thick raised lines for decimeters.
Recommended Ages: 5 and Up
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.
Night of the Howling Dogs
by Graham Salisbury: T-N1771-50 — $53.00
Hawaii, 1975. A Boy Scout campout on a remote beach goes terrifyingly wrong when an earthquake hits in the night. The boys and their leaders are separated during the resulting tsunami. But eighth-grader Dylan finds an unexpected ally as he and fifteen-year-old Louie rescue the group. Fiction, Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #116706, BL 3.5, Pts. 5.0)
Girl at Sea
by Maureen Johnson: T-N1756-40 — $82.00
Seventeen-year-old Clio resents having to spend the summer with her divorced dad, who is searching for sunken treasure near Italy–especially when her father’s archaeologist girlfriend is along. But Clio meets a cute Yale student and has a chance to dive for artifacts. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz# 115824, BL 4.4, Pts., 12.0)
Midstream: My Later Life
by Helen Keller: T-N1730-10 — $98.00
In this continuation of her autobiography, the famous deaf-blind woman chronicles her life since her sophomore year at Radcliffe College. Sequel to The Story of My Life. Biography.
The Spring Cleaning Murders
by Dorothy Cannell: T-N1772-50 — $83.50
Ellie Haskell, housewife extraordinaire, seeks a new maid after her beloved Roxie quits. But when Gertrude Large, a member of Roxie’s local charwomen’s association, is murdered, Ellie turns to sleuthing. Aided by her husband and various cleaning products, Ellie tackles Gertrude’s former clients to tidy up–and snoop around–their homes.
by Marc Maurer: T-N1770-90 — $14.00
Eight individuals share their experiences with blindness. In the title memoir, Maurer reflects that "blindness must be confronted in unconventional ways if progress in surmounting its disadvantages is to be made." In "Mom, What Does Blind Mean?" Pauletta Feldman answers her nonsighted son’s questions. Biographies.
*Accelerated Reader quiz number, book level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January 2006 APH News or www.renlearn.com/ar/
APH News Credits
Dr. Tuck Tinsley
Malcolm Turner, APH Website Coordinator
Thanks to the following APH staff:
- Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
- Sandi Baker, Field Services Representative
- Janie Blome, Director, Field Services
- Scott Blome, Director, Communications
- Jan Carroll, Coordinator, Braille Transcription Services
- Mike Hudson, Museum Director
- Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field services
- Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer, Communications
- Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
- Gwynn Stewart, Administrative Assistant, Communications
- Roberta Williams, Public Affairs and Special Projects Manager
Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research
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