January 2002 APH News
Compiled by Bob Brasher, Director of Educational and Advisory Services.
Mary Nelle McLennan Appointed Executive Advisor to APH President
Mary Nelle McLennan takes on a challenging new role with APH as Executive Advisor to the President. In this new position Mary Nelle will use her vast skills to map and document departmental and company wide processes, facilitate planning and evaluation activities, and coordinate a variety of projects. The new position will combine on-site responsibilities with "telecommuting."
We are pleased to further announce that on December 21, at her family home near Memphis, Mary Nelle married Dr. Richard Welsh, President of Pittsburgh Vision Services.
We know that you join us in wishing her much happiness and continued success.
New APH Products Catalog Mailed to Customers
Our brand new APH Products Catalog 2002-2003 is now available! Due to the expanded number of products APH now offers, this catalog is 192 pages, the largest we have ever produced. The catalog has been reorganized according to the Core Curriculum and Expanded Core Curriculum categories developed by Dr. Phil Hatlen, Ex Officio Trustee representing the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We are grateful to Phil for his work and feel that this new organization will make the catalog easier to use. The catalog also features listings that are easier to read and color photos throughout.
Accessible editions of the catalog are in the process of being created and will include cassette, disk, and Web editions.
New Products to Note in Catalog
The new catalog features many recently released products. Some include:
- ISAVE video, page 2
- Brigance Diagnostic Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (Green),
Revised, 1999: Student Braille Edition, page 4
- Pumpkin Puzzles, page 16
- Brain Quest: Geography, page 27
- Feel ‘n Peel Stickers, page 57
- Crafty Graphics (pictured at right), page 58
- IntelliTactiles Overlays, page 59
- Classroom Calendar Kit: Spanish, page 61
- Perkins Brailler available to all customers, page 88
- Primer: Electronic Magnifier, page 98
- APHont™: A Font for Low Vision, page 102
- VIP Software, page 122
- Chrissy’s Collection Print/Braille Children’s Books (limited
availability), page 138
Final 2001 Federal Quota Census
Drum rolls, please! As reported to the Executive Committee on December 6, 2001, the final total of students registered in the 2001 Federal Quota Census is 56,699. The allocation announcements will follow shortly.
Now Available! Student Braille Edition of Brigance Green Brigance Diagnostic Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills, Revised, 1999
The criterion-referenced Brigance Inventories have been used for more than 30 years to assess students’ strengths and weaknesses. The individually based inventories are especially useful in supporting IEP development and program planning. The Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills, Revised, spans pre-kindergarten through grade nine. Innovations in the newest Brigance Green include options for group administration, updated grade placement tests (e.g. Math and Reading), updated skill sequences, and alternative assessment options. The student braille edition is an adaptation of the print inventory with color-coded modules that tie in with the print edition.
Subtests may be purchased separately or as a complete inventory.
Teacher’s Notes are provided at the beginning of each module in both large print and braille. A three-ring binder is available for organizing and storing the braille modules. Throwaway large print/braille rulers are supplied for Math subtests.
To order, call 800/223-1839.
Registration Now Open for National Instructional Partnership Events
Registration is now underway for two upcoming National Instructional Partnership events. The National Instructional Partnership, administered by the Educational and Advisory Services Department of the American Printing House for the Blind, is pleased to sponsor an upcoming event in partnership with the Georgia Academy for the Blind. Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities, Including Autism", will be held on the campus of the Georgia Academy in Macon, GA, February 14 -15, 2002. The second event,"Each One Teach One: Training ISAVE Trainers", will take place at APH April 15 – 16, 2002.
- "Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities, Including Autism" will focus on strategies and interventions for identifying and serving children with visual impairments and autism, and building communication skills for students with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities. Presenters will include Jay and Marilyn Gense, Oregon Department of Education, and consultant Millie Smith, retired from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
- "Each One Teach One: Training ISAVE Trainers" will be held April 15th and 16th at the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY. Elaine Kitchel, Low Vision Project Leader and in-house developer of the Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency program, will lead a team of APH staff members and others as they present the knowledge and skills needed to administer the ISAVE. Demonstrations, explanations, videos, hands-on activities, and additional instruction will provide participants with the techniques necessary to effectively use the ISAVE with students, and to train others to do the same.
Because of the intensive nature of this training, we ask that those wishing to become ISAVE trainers have a minimum of two years experience performing functional vision evaluations. We especially invite qualified professionals interested in providing ISAVE training to other professionals in their area. APH certified trainers may be offered additional opportunities to provide workshops as paid APH consultants in the future.
Registration materials for both events may be found at the APH Web Site, or by calling Field Services Representative Janie Humphries at 800/223-1839, ext. 367 for materials or additional information.
You Asked For It, You Got It!
Last year’s National Instructional Partnership event, "Cortical Visual Impairment: Pathways to Intervention", was such a success that we are partnering with Dr. Christine Roman in 2002 to offer not one, but two additional events focused on the needs of children with cortical visual impairment!
"Taking A Good Look at Cortical Visual Impairment" will offer much of the same information Dr. Roman presented at the Braille Institute last July in Los Angeles. This workshop, April 24 – 26, 2002, will be held in Memphis, TN, in partnership with EOT Jim Adams of Educational Services for the Visually Impaired, Arkansas School for the Blind. Hopefully this will give many of you living in the central and eastern parts of the country the opportunity to participate and to share in Dr. Roman’s skills and knowledge. Follow this link for registration materials.
We will return to Los Angeles August 27 – 29, 2002, to partner once again with EOT Vickie Liske and the Braille Institute of America to present a follow-up workshop with Dr. Roman. This year’s conference will build on the skills and information presented in the 2001 event, but will also be meaningful and helpful to those attending for the first time.
Mark your calendars now and watch this space for more information about these exciting opportunities to learn more about meeting the needs of children with cortical visual impairment!
Adult Life at APH Wants to Hear from You!
Thanks to the following for their contributions to this newsletter:
- Karen Blaker
- Scott Blome
- Theresa Close
- Barbara Henderson
- Janie Humphries
- Artina Paris
- Terrie Terlau
- Tuck Tinsley