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June 2006

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

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

138th Annual Meeting – October 12-14, 2006

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

Visit the Annual Meeting website for the latest information and make your plans now to join us for this exciting event at Louisville’s beautiful Downtown Marriott Hotel!

Advice Flows Freely During May!

Even though they didn’t arrive in time to provide us with good insight for our Kentucky Derby picks, members of the Educational Products Advisory Committee (EPAC) and the Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) visited APH in May to provide APH staff members with their good advice and wise counsel.

2006 EPAC Committee: Jean Small, Lorri Quigley, Tom Winton, Carol McCarroll (Chair), Dean Stenehjem, Bernadette Kappen, and Robb Farrell

EPAC met at APH May 7 – 10, 2006, and the seven member committee, chaired by Ex Officio Trustee Carol McCarroll (TN), met with key APH staff members to discuss relevant topics, including small group meetings with Project Leaders from Educational Research to discuss progress and concerns related to the development and production of APH products.

Photo: Jean Small, Lorri Quigley, Tom Winton, Carol McCarroll (Chair), Dean Stenehjem, Bernadette Kappen, and Robb Farrell.

2006 ESAC Committee: Jackie Denk, Joe Catavero, Karen Blankenship (Chair), Jean Martin, and Jim Downs

ESAC met at APH May 15 – 18, 2006. This five member committee, chaired by Ex Officio Trustee Karen Blankenship (IA) met with staff members from across APH to discuss services as they relate to APH products.

Photo: Jackie Denk, Joe Catavero, Karen Blankenship (Chair), Jean Martin, and Jim Downs.

Each committee is developing a final report with commendations and recommendations for APH, which will be available on our website,, in the coming months.

New NIP Events In the News!

The National Instructional Partnerships

Two upcoming National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) events will provide opportunities for outstanding training in the areas of functional vision assessment and cortical visual impairment.

Dr. LaRhea Sanford will present her upcoming APH product on functional vision learning media assessments in Louisville on July 25, 2006. The event, held in partnership with Ex Officio Trustee Cathy Johnson and the Kentucky School for the Blind, will provide attendees with a day long workshop in the use of the functional vision assessment developed by Dr. Sanford and Dr. Rebecca Burnett. Registration information is available from Cathy Johnson, 502-897-1583, x232 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required, or by calling Janie Blome, 800-223-1839, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Ex Officio Trustee Barbara McCarthy, the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the Prince William County Schools are partnering with APH to offer a second NIP event, "Cortical Visual Impairment: There’s More To It Than the Eye Can See". The event will be held in Woodbridge, VA, August 16 – 18, and will feature Dr. Christine Roman presenting a wide variety of materials for assessment and intervention, including APH products.

Registration information for this event is available from Carmen Ateca-Valdes, 703-791-8530, email hidden; JavaScript is required, or from Janie Blome, 800-223-1839, ext. 367, email hidden; JavaScript is required

Registration for this workshop will also be available online at

If you are interested in hosting a NIP event to showcase the use of APH products across areas of the Core Curriculum and Expanded Core Curriculum, please contact Janie Blome at APH.

New CVI Article on Site!


In an effort to keep families and professionals updated on the latest news and writings regarding Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), APH dedicated a portion of its website strictly to this subject. APH is pleased to announce that a July, 2005 article from the Journal for Visual Impairment and Blindness has been added to the APH CVI website. The article, titled Visual Attention To Movement And Color In Children With Cortical Visual Impairment, gives insight on studies that show how color and sound assist in learning by gaining and keeping the attention of children with CVI. To view, visit the "What’s New" section at

Adapted Obstacle Course!

Creating an obstacle course can be fun and your students will have a blast rolling, running, and jumping: APH accepts contributions from the field to the PE web site.

Two Giants to Enter Hall of Fame

Two giants were recently selected to join the 36 members of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. The induction ceremony will take place during APH’s Annual Meeting in October.

The Class of 2006:

Anne Sullivan Macy
Anne Sullivan Macy – Educator

Arnall Patz
Arnall Patz, MD – Ophthalmologist

For information on these two legendary heroes, please view this news release:

Stones Added to Wall of Tribute in Hall of Fame

Alan J. Koenig, M. Cay Holbrook, AER Div X and FRS

New engraved stones were recently installed in the Wall of Tribute, located in the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. The new stones honor Moe Haralson and Alan Koenig/Cay Holbrook.

How many of your friends, organizations, and mentors are currently honored on this wall of 100 engraved stones? Order a stone by July 31 and it will be placed in a wooden column on the Wall of Tribute before APH’s 138th Annual Meeting in October! Your donation for the stone can be sent separately and is not needed to place your order. Order forms are available at the Wall of Tribute website or by calling the APH Development office at 800-223-1839, ext. 361.

Jo Taylor Joins Legendary Colleagues in Hall Of Fame

Josephine Taylor's Hall of Fame Plaque

Josephine L. Taylor (1910-1988) began her career in the education of the visually handicapped in 1933 as a nursery school teacher in New York. She then taught at the Perkins School for the Blind and served as director of educational services for the visually handicapped in New Jersey. In 1967 Ms. Taylor joined the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Division of Personnel Preparation where she served as project officer and branch chief with Special Education Services, retiring in 1982.

Jo Taylor was the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. Among them were the coveted Migel Medal of AFB and AER’s Mary K. Bauman Award. In 1986 AFB hosted the First Annual Josephine L. Taylor leadership institute, named in her honor.

For the rest of the story, visit Josephine Taylor’s biography page on the Hall of Fame website.

More Stories at the Callahan Museum

Doug Boyd and Kathy Claus

The Bards & Storytellers series at the Callahan Museum continued in May with an appearance by Albuquerque storyteller Kathy Claus. The series explores the lives and art of modern day entertainers with a visual impairment. Claus enthralled the audience with stories gathered from her childhood, stories collected on her recent tour of Wales and England, and traditional tales told with a twist.

"I love humorous stories where the underdog triumphs," said Claus.

Kathy Claus has been blind since birth, a fact which she considers an annoyance rather than a handicap.

"I want people to say that they heard this really good storyteller," she said, "And oh yes, she’s blind."

Blindness is not the first ingredient in what makes her a storyteller, but is a part of the mix.

She related that her lifelong use of talking books and braille from APH has enhanced her storytelling abilities.

"There were no pictures in my books when I was a child," she says. "The pictures were all in my mind."

Having grown up hearing the excellent narratives of books by family and professional talking book readers, she was well equipped to convey stories through the subtle nuances of voice. To book an appearance by Kathy Claus in your own community, you can contact her at email hidden; JavaScript is required

The series continues in June with an appearance at the Callahan on June 17th by West Virginia born pop singer Turley Richards. Richards has sold over a million records in a roller coaster ride through the music industry. The Bards & Storytellers is sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the American Printing House for the Blind. For more information, call Mike Hudson at (502)899-2365.

Photo: Folklorist Doug Boyd and Kathy Claus

Dr Tinsley Goes to Washington

On May 25, APH President Tuck Tinsley spent the day in Washington, D.C. visiting APH supporters on Capitol Hill. Public Affairs staff members Gary Mudd and Nancy Lacewell accompanied Tuck as he met with staff of several key Senators and Representatives responsible for appropriation decisions. On behalf of the blind and visually impaired students across the country who receive educational materials through the Federal Quota Program, Tuck thanked members of Congress for their continuing support for the APH appropriation. APH received $17.5 million for FY2006, and has requested $20 million for FY2007.

Welcoming Our New APH Ex Officio Trustees

LaRetha Coburn, the New Mexico State Department of Education, replacing Kenalea Johnson.

Debbie Ellis, the Rehabilitation Center in Denver, Colorado, replacing Candiss Leathers.

APH Travel Calendar


on the road with APH

June 2-3, 2006
ABC Braille Study;
Austin, TX

June 2-3, 2006
NFB-Institute’s National Center for Blind Youth in Science-Summit Meeting;
Baltimore, MD

June 6, 2006
Product Training-Florida State University;
Tallahassee, FL

June 7-9, 2006
Kentucky Association of Museums Annual Meeting;
Louisville, KY

June 8-9, 2006
ISAVE Training for VI Teachers;
Burlington, VT

June 12, 2006
Becoming Aware of Visual Impairment and Overcoming Disabilities;
Lexington, KY

June 12-14, 2006
Tactile Graphics Workshop;
APH in Louisville, KY

June 13, 2006
ATIC Webcast;
APH in Louisville, KY

June 13, 2006
Washington, DC

June 13, 2006
UDL Expert Workgroup-Kentucky Department of Education;
Frankfort, KY

June 13-15, 2006
University of Arizona Teacher Training Workshop;
Tucson, AZ

June 15-16, 2006
Planning Committee Meeting for National Family Conference 2007;
Omaha, NE

June 18-21, 2006
Building Visual Behavior for CVI Students;
Birmingham, AL

June 22-25, 2006
National Braille Challenge Invitational;
Los Angeles, CA

June 25-July 1, 2006
Camp Abilities;
Brockport, NY

June 29-30, 2006
Workshop with the Experts;
Las Cruces, NM


July 1-7, 2006
National Federation of the Blind (NFB);
Dallas, TX

July 8-15, 2006
ACB 2006 (American Council of the Blind-45th Annual Convention);
Jacksonville, FL

July 15-17, 2006
American Association of Home Based Early Intervention;
Norcross, GA

July 15-18, 2006
AER International 2006;
Snowbird, UT

July 20-21, 2006
In-service Training for Parent Advisors Working at the West Virginia School for the Blind in the Early Intervention Outreach Program;
Romney, WV

July 22, 2006
Portland State University Teacher Training;
Portland, OR

July 26-July 28, 2006
AR Special Show;
Hot Springs, AR

Reminder About "Your Way" — Let Others Know How You Use APH Products

Photo of the APH Light Box

Your colleagues need your knowledge and expertise about using APH products. Our new web feature "Your Way: Sharing How You Use APH Products" allows you make comments about a highlighted APH product.

Easy instructions show you how to leave comments containing your tips, tricks, techniques, alternate uses, or other helpful information about using APH products in your particular situation. Currently, we are featuring the APH Light Box. Do you have a unique use for this classic APH low vision training product? Let others know by using "Your Way."

COMING SOON! Daily Living Catalog 2006-2007

The newly-redesigned Daily Living Catalog (formerly Adult Life) contains a selection of items from the APH Products Catalog that are designed for older students and adults who are visually impaired, their families, and their service providers. Products have been reorganized into user-friendly categories, such as "Around the Home," "Having Fun," "Going Places: Orientation & Mobility," and "At the Computer."

The Daily Living Catalog 2006-2007 will be available in print, on cassette tape, on CD-ROM, and on our website. Not on our mailing list? Request your free copy by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required, or calling 800-223-1839.

Sent to Your Computer: Links to New Fred’s Head Companion Records

Fred's Head Database, Sharing Valuable Tips and Techniques

Explore the collective ideas and experiences of blind or visually impaired people by visiting APH’s Fred’s Head Database at You can also receive links to new Fred’s Head content from the Fred’s Head Companion blog site,

You can subscribe to the Fred’s Head Companion RSS 2.0 feed by adding the following URL to your news aggregator:

An Atom compatible feed is also available:

A podcast of the articles posted to Fred’s Head Companion is available through for free! Simply visit the website, sign up for a free account, and subscribe to the Fred’s Head Companion feed. translates articles to clear, natural sounding speech and delivers them to either your computer or personal MP3 player.

Are you new to the world of blogs, RSS feeds, and podcasting? You’ll find tutorial links toward the bottom of the Fred’s Head Companion page.

More Audio Feedback Products for Daily Living

NEW! Talking Watch

Talking Watch, Stretch Band: 1-03976-00 — $19.95
Talking Watch, Leather Band: 1-03977-00 — $19.95

No Quota funds.

This inexpensive talking watch is easy to use and to understand. Press the single button and the time is announced in clear speech. Other features:

  • Mode switch and settings are recessed and cannot be accidentally changed
  • Three alarms available: cuckoo, rooster, beeps
  • Can set to announce time on hour
  • Digital readout
  • Man’s style watch with black and silver-colored face
  • Two band styles offered: black leather or silver-colored metal stretch band

NEW! Wireless Personal Pager
1-03975-00 — $32.00

No Quota funds.

Instantly summon help or attention at home or away by pressing the button on the Personal Pager transmitter. The portable receiver will chime or vibrate, notifying the wearer up to 100 feet away, inside or out. Can be:

  • worn on a belt or around the neck
  • attached to a wall
  • free-standing with built-in easel support

Example uses include:

  • Coach or teacher can silently cue a performer
  • A patient can signal a care-giver in another room
  • Receiver can be placed near an object, beep can then be used to locate to the object later:
    • Locate your hotel room by placing the receiver just inside the door
    • Locate luggage while traveling

Transmitter requires one E23A 12v battery (included). Receiver requires two AA batteries (not included).

Other Audio Feedback Products Available (no Quota funds):
EZ Fill liquid detector: 1-03970-00 — $12.95
Talking Calculator: 1-03971-00 — $17.95
Talking Thermometer: 1-03972-00 — $12.95
Kelvin Talking Thermostat: 1-03973-00 — $129.95

NEW! Light Box Level III Activity Guide in Spanish
7-08690-00 — $59.00

All Light Box Materials Kits now have revised Activity Guides, with an optional Spanish edition available for each level. These extensively revised guides now have sections on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), updated references to products, and increased accessibility. These versions are produced in large print and include a CD-ROM for speech access.

Other Light Box Activity Guides Available:
Level I, English: 7-08670-00 — $30.00
Level I, Spanish: 7-08670-SP — $30.00
Level II, English: 7-08680-00 — $45.00
Level II, Spanish: 7-08680-SP — $45.00
Level III, English: 7-08680-00 — $59.00

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.

Appointment in Samarra
by John O’Hara: T-N1539-80 — $68.00
As his small town celebrates Christmas in the 1930s, aristocratic Julian English begins his rapid descent towards self-destruction. (Adult — Fiction)

A Rage for Glory: The Life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN
by James Tertius deKay: T-N1540-00 — $71.50
Portraying Decatur as a brilliant, fearless and adored commander, deKay recounts his rise to national prominence, exploits in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, and his tragic death in a duel. (Adult — Non-Fiction)

Gathering Blue
by Lois Lowry: T-N1563-10 — $47.50
Orphaned Kira is placed in the care of the Council of Guardians, along with Thomas, a young Woodcarver, and Jo, a talented singer. (*AR#44063, RL 5.0, Points: 7.0)

The North American Beaver: Returning Wildlife
by John E. Becker: T-N1563-70 — $13.00
Discusses the animal’s habits and habitat, history of beaver trapping and the fur trade, the near extinction of the species, and reintroduction efforts. (AR#63719, RL7.5, Points 1.0)

Marvin One Too Many
by Katherine Paterson: T-N1540-10 — $8.50
Marvin starts first grade in a new school but has trouble learning to read until he tells his father about the problem. (AR#53490, RL 2.0, Points: 0.5)

*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
  • Janie Blome, Director, Field Services
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Brian Dougherty, Graphic Designer, Communications
  • Mike Hudson, Museum Director
  • Elaine Kitchel, Low Vision Project Leader, Research
  • Nancy Lacewell, Director, Government and Community Affairs
  • Becki Moody, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field Services
  • Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, Research
  • Erica Rucker, Research Assistant, Research

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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