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!
- Spring Fever Sale
- Additional Manuals Now Available as Free Downloads
- REVISED! Shape Board
- APH Braille Book Corner
"Teaching Tools for Students Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired"
An Educational Program on Capitol Hill
On June 16th, APH will host a product showcase in our nation’s capitol to help members of Congress and staff working in the field of education more clearly understand the unique educational needs of students with vision loss. One of the primary goals of this effort is to help federal elected officials become more aware of the core and expanded core curriculum that students are expected to master. A wide variety of products will be on display in these subject areas. APH staff will be on hand to explain how products are used and to give visitors a hands-on experience.
In addition to Members of Congress, staff of the Executive Branch and the U.S. Department of Education are invited to attend. The event will be held in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. A box lunch will be provided for visitors with invitations. Following the product showcase, a reception for elected officials and special guests will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a brief program starting at 5:45. Chase Crispin, a 13-year-old student who is blind, will speak to the group about his educational experience and the APH tools and materials he uses.
This rare and exciting opportunity to showcase educational products on Capitol Hill will serve as a visual and tactile report to Congress on how APH appropriation funds are used. We encourage each of you to contact your Congressional Members and ask that they attend. We will have information on each state to give them, and we hope that this experience will provide Members with a much better insight into the different learning styles of blind and visually impaired students.
ESAC Visit Helps APH to Grow this Spring
The Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) met at APH May 24 – 26, 2010 for their annual spring meeting. The Ex Officio Trustee advisory committee, led by Chair Frank Simpson (NY), includes Marje Kaiser (SD), Sally Giitinger (NE), Barbara McCarthy (VA), and Jonn Paris-Salb (CA).
After reviewing APH’s progress towards meeting last years committee recommendations, ESAC met with various departments to discuss the services that support products. Committee members heard primarily from the staff members of Field Services, Resource Services, Communications, and Accessible Textbooks as they discussed product training, the future of webcast instruction, user upgrades to the website, the future of product catalogs, upgrades to the Louis Database and Tactile Graphics Image Library, topping it off with a field trip to "the cage" where APH products are kept for shipment to approximately 100 events across the country annually. The group also visited the Migel and Barr Research Libraries and learned how they support the company and field research.
Like EPAC last month, this dynamic team worked very hard and presented APH with their final report of commendations and recommendations before their Wednesday departure!
We are very grateful to the ESAC members for their time and talents, which includes their impressive expertise, insights and heart. We laughed, we reported, we listened, and we learned. These two guiding committees continue to make APH a better company, equipped to meet the evolving challenges and needs of our shared students.
Their report, along with the EPAC’s, will soon appear on the website.
Jonn Paris-Salb (CA), Barbara McCarthy (VA), Sally Giittinger (NE), Marje Kaiser (SD), Chair Frank Simpson, (NY)
ALL-IN-ONE Board: APH Customer Survey
June brings Second Webcast Training on Book Port Plus
For those of you who are unable to attend this training, the webcast presentations will be recorded and posted on the webcast archive page in the near future.
Summer Workshop Planned at APH on Making Tests Accessible
Expert Field Reviewers Needed for Two Books in Development
We are looking for a few individuals to review each of the following books under development at APH. Please read the book descriptions carefully, and decide if you or someone you know might be a good reviewer for us. We want to make sure that our materials are accurate and complete, and we rely on our reviewers to help us do so.
The Labeling Book (working title): This is a self-help book for persons who lose vision in adulthood. It teaches organizational skills, use of other senses to recognize household products, and a variety of labeling and marking options. We hope to find two adult consumers who have lost vision in adulthood, who have completed their rehabilitation, and who can comment on what is and is not helpful in our book. We are also looking for two vision rehabilitation therapists with an interest in organization/labeling/marking to do the same kind of review.
The Parenting Book (working title): We interviewed 62 effective parents with visual impairments about their tips and techniques for being parents with visual impairments. We then wrote a book about raising children up to age five using these parents’ advice. Please note that the parents are blind and the children are generally not blind. We hope to have one or two parents with visual impairments who did not participate in the interview process and one or two professionals in the visual impairment or mental health fields to review the book.
We would like those consumers, parents, and professionals interested in reviewing these books to offer one reference, someone who knows them and would be willing to tell us about their skills as parents or professionals.
Webcast Participants Needed: Evaluation and Review of Wilson Reading System Materials
The American Printing House for the Blind in conjunction with California State University, Los Angeles and Perkins School for the Blind will conduct a Field Evaluation and an Expert Review, via webcast, of the adapted/modified Wilson Reading System® materials for braille readers. APH is inviting interested parties to participate in either segment of the webcast evaluation of the materials.
Participants in the Field Evaluation must be Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired, must be proficient in reading and writing braille, commit to completion of the 15 hour Wilson Applied Methods Course (August 30, 31 and September 1), and have a student on their case load that meets the following criteria. The student must be 7- 12 years of age (3rd through 6th grade), have a primary eligibility criteria for special education of visual impairment, have a primary reading medium of braille, and be reading below grade level at a minimum of second grade (potential students include those who are unable to decode accurately, having difficulty identifying sight words, and exhibiting slow, non-fluent reading abilities). Participants will be expected to use the materials with an appropriate student for a semester. Participants in the field evaluation will receive the three day course at no cost to the participant ($500 value) and will receive a complete set of teacher materials and braille student materials.
Participants in the Expert Review must be Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired who have completed the Wilson Applied Methods Course and have used the program with a braille reader. Expert Reviewers will receive a complete set of the adapted Student Materials in a braille format as compensation for their work.
Tactile Graphic Readers Speak Out
The Braille Improvement Committee hosted APH’s first ever "Tactile Graphic Readers Speak Out" panel on May 11, 2010, facilitated by Jan Carroll, Braille Improvement’s Coordinator of Transcription Services, and Jane Thompson, Director, Accessible Textbook Department. Students were invited from the Kentucky School for the Blind to participate in a panel discussion on a variety of APH tactile graphic production methods with the goal of having the students compare a variety of tactile graphics, with different textures, lines, patterns, and materials to give us a better understanding of what students want in their educational materials.
Each student was presented with a bound book of tactile diagrams including the following production methods: thermoformed collage, thermography (Tactile Vision Process), pressed paper graphics (PEARL) and a new production method under development. The subject matters evaluated were science, math and social studies. Students were asked a question about each graphic by facilitator, Jan Carroll. The event was open to over 50 APH staff who attended the panel discussion to ask questions of their own.
The students were very honest regarding their likes and dislikes of each design and production method. Their input will improve our final products in the future. We plan to host future events as we make changes to existing and developing processes.
Shane Lowe, Marissa Chambers, Jay Earls, Cheyenne Harper
"Treasures from the APH Libraries"
Factors Involved in Tactile Reading, by Ralph K. Merry (1928), is the earliest manuscript material found so far in the Barr Library. Merry begins with a general history of reading and writing systems for the blind and the "war of the dots." One of his most notable statements is: "It is interesting to note…of all the systems that have been produced, the sole survivors are those invented or perfected by blind men." He moves on to talk about tactual sensitivity and its relationship to tactile systems, noting research does not indicate that blindness automatically confers unusual powers of tactile perception. The author then discusses that his studies lead him to believe that, for the adventitiously blind adult, Moon type is more easily tactually perceived because of its relationship to print letters. Finally, he discusses embossed point height and presents some thoughts on areas in the teaching of braille that need investigation. Ralph Vickers Merry was a Canadian who received his advanced degrees in education in the United States, eventually becoming Professor of Secondary Education at what is now University of Charleston, West Virginia.
FVLMA NIP Event a Big Hit in Syracuse!
Perkins School for the Blind’s Training Center and APH partnered to present a Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment (FVLMA) National Instructional Partnership (NIP) event in Syracuse, New York on May 20 & 21, to a sold-out crowd of teachers of the visually impaired! Dr. LaRhea Sanford, co-author of APH’s FVLMA, wowed attendees with her knowledge, experience, and skills as she led them through the instrument’s assessment process using lecture, storytelling, demonstration and activities to make her point.
Teachers of the visually impaired from around the Northeast area were able to learn about critical aspects of the FVLMA, and to view a display of APH products that are valuable tools to use in the assessment process. This includes products such as: the new Lighting Guide Kit, Bright Line Reading Guide, Talking Calculator, various examples of bold line paper, Perkins/APH Brailler and Permabraille paper, Signature Guide, slate and stylus, Braille eraser, occluders and 20/20 pens.
Thanks, LaRhea, for a job very well done–and thanks to the Perkins Training Center for collaborating with APH on this valuable training!
The Future is NOW…in New York!
APH Receives Coveted Award from CEC/DVI
At the recent Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Nashville, TN, the Division on Visual Impairments (DVI) awarded APH with their Exemplary Advocate Award, never before given to a company. APH’s VP Bob Brasher was proud to accept the award from DVI’s Phyllis Simmons and then present it to APH President Dr. Tuck Tinsley.
Peabody’s "Great" Educational Experience in Louisville
Dr. Deborah Hatten, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, shares her impressions of a recent visit to APH.
"Thank you for the outstanding hospitality that was extended to me and to my graduate students when we visited on April 27. You certainly have maintained your reputation as premier examples of southern hospitality! The students were particularly impressed with the quality control features used for braille and auditory books. I enjoyed the updates and the museum tour the most–I think! The Patterns resources and the new O&M software are impressive. The discussion of the different large print options was very informative, too. Here is a direct quote from one of the students that expresses how helpful the visit was to us all, ‘To have missed this opportunity would have been to have missed one of the greatest educational experiences for anyone in this field.’ For the representatives of APH to have taken the time to make the experience so personal and informative is beyond anything that one could imagine. So please know that we are most grateful for the tour, the delicious lunch, and for the many ways you made us feel special. We appreciate the entire staff. Warmest Regards, Deborah"
Morris Frank and M. C. Migel will be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, founded in 2001, is housed at APH. The Hall, which belongs to the entire field of blindness, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. The Hall is guided by a nine member Governing Board.
To date, 44 outstanding professionals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining those legends are two remarkable icons from our past whose impact is still felt internationally. The ceremony to induct M. C. Migel and Morris Frank will take place Friday evening, October 15, 2010, in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Class of 2010:
M. C. Migel
Working with the American Red Cross during World War I, Major Moses Charles Migel was exposed to countless veterans who lost their sight in combat. These experiences inspired him to dedicate himself to helping people with vision loss lead independent and fulfilling lives. Migel founded the American Foundation for the Blind in 1921 and served as President of the Board of Trustees until 1945. Among his honors was being proclaimed a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his work in France during World War I.
"The past 20 years of my life’s work has been shaped by and dependent upon the work of M.C. Migel. Without his leadership, knowledge of the business world, and willingness to contribute personally, professionally, and monetarily, I honestly believe that the American Foundation for the Blind would not be the organization it is today." Carl Augusto
As the first person in North America to use a guide dog, Morris Frank promised to spread the word about the independence and enhanced mobility that could be experienced. Together with Dorothy Harrison Eustis, Frank founded The Seeing Eye in 1929, basing the organization on the philosophy that limitless possibilities exist within the lives of people who are blind. He was almost single-handedly responsible for the passage of initial legislation relevant to dog guide access in every state and province.
His famous book, "First Lady of The Seeing Eye," co-written with Blake Clark, was the story of Buddy, his first dog guide. This eventually led to being the subject of the Walt Disney movie, "Love Leads the Way."
"It was his leadership and role modeling behavior that founded not only the first dog guide school but the entire industry — an industry that today has over 80 accredited schools around the world." James Kutsch, Jr.
Additional information regarding the 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org.
Please visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aph.org/hall_fame/ for information on the Hall and those inducted.
In Memoriam: Warren Figueiredo
Funeral services were Friday, May 21, for Warren Douglas Figueiredo, age 58, who passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010 in Arnaudville, LA.
Warren spent his life in service to the blind community as an educator and a braille producer. From 1973 through 2004 he was a staff member of the Louisiana State School for the Blind where he taught French, braille, and language arts; worked in the recreation program; served as Dean of Boys; and was a school librarian. He founded and oversaw the Outreach and Technical Assistance Project and directed the Louisiana Instructional Materials Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Warren served as an extraordinary Ex Officio Trustee (EOT) of APH for many years. As an EOT, he served as a member of the APH Publications Advisory Committee and represented the company for many years on the Braille Authority on North America Board (BANA). APH often relied upon Warren’s expertise in braille in the development of processes and programs. He also served on the boards of the National Braille Association and the Braille Planet.
To read the complete obituary of this dear friend of APH and all of us who had the supreme honor of knowing him, please visit http://www.melanconfuneralhome.net/index.cfm.
APH Welcomes New Human Resources Director
After an extensive search, APH is very pleased to welcome and introduce our new Human Resources Director, Vicki Buns. Ms. Buns, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, brings HR experience with KFC, McDonalds, and Kindred Healthcare. Her diverse and extensive background in the various processes of human resources, from labor relations to employee counseling and training, will serve the company very well.
APH Helps Make It "Real" for Kentucky School for the Blind Students
Michael McCarty, Communications Dept., was invited to join other local businesses at the Kentucky School for the Blind to participate in a "Reality Fair" for students. The Reality Fair is designed to teach students what it takes to balance careers, families, and finances. This program put KSB students in real-life situations and allowed them to learn from their successes, as well as their failures.
Michael was partnered with technology teacher David Hume to manage the communications and technology center. Students were asked to make simulated purchasing decisions and manage monthly expenses of television service, cell phone and home phone service, internet access, and assistive technology products. They were asked to look at their budgets, determine what services they’d like to have and how they would access each service.
Michael used APH’s Book Port Plus, Braille+ with Docking Station, and Refreshabraille 18 to assist the students in making sound choices for their lifestyles and budgets. The event was very successful, giving students a taste of what’s to come as they prepare for life after high school.
Tip from APH’s Fred’s Head Blog:
"How to Label Frozen Food"
Fred’s Head from APH is filled with tips and suggestions written by and for people who are blind and visually impaired. Here’s one of the thousands of tips you’ll find in this informative blog:
Labeling Frozen Foods:
Braille labels used in the freezer are especially vulnerable due to moisture and temperature changes. Learn how you can use APH’s Brailleable Labels and Sheets along with "recycled" plastic bread wrapper closers to solve this problem!
APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees
Bruce M. Schultz, The Michigan Commission for the Blind Training Center, replacing Christine L. Boone.
Marie Piquion-Leach, The Division of Services for the Blind, replacing Melaney Stein.
Gary M. Cusick, The Kentucky Department for the Blind, replacing Derrick Cox.
Cheryl Manuel, The Kansas State Board of Education, replacing Jacqueline Denk.
Marty R. McKenzie, The South Carolina School for the Deaf, Blind and Multihandicapped, replacing Elizabeth M. McKown.
APH Travel Calendar
June 2-3, 2010
NIP Event: Administration and Scoring of the WJ III Tests of Achievement-Braille Adaptation;
Dickinson Center, Livonia, MI
June 5, 2010
Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni Event 2010;
June 5, 2010
INSIGHT 2010; Morehead State University;
June 10-11, 2010
June 10-12, 2010
Research in the Rockies: Research Summit on Reading and Writing Braille;
June 16, 2010
Washington Product Presentation – Public Affairs Event;
June 18-19, 2010
NIP Event: Woodcock Johnson III Training;
June 20-23, 2010
2010 Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Conference;
40th National Conference on Student Assessment;
June 23, 2010
Webcast: Book Port Plus–The Digital Recorder and Voice Memos;
at APH in Louisville, KY
June 25-26, 2010
Texas Parent to Parent 2010;
San Marcos, TX
June 25-26, 2010
National Braille Challenge 2010;
July 1-3, 2010
NEA Expo 2010;
New Orleans, LA
July 3-8, 2010
July 9-17, 2010
July 12, 2010
Assistive Technology Workshop at Northern Illinois University;
July 13-15, 2010
KSB in Louisville, KY
July 14, 2010
Assistive Technology Workshop at Dominican College;
July 15, 2010
APH Braille Plus Training;
July 19-21, 2010
OSEP Project Directors Conference 2010;
July 21-25, 2010
AER International 2010;
Little Rock, AR
July 28, 2010
Product Training for TVI Students at Portland State University;
July 29-30, 2010
APH in Louisville, KY
July 31-August 1, 2010
6th Biannual LCA (Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis) Family Conference;
August 16-17, 2010
United States Department of Education Expert Panel;
APH in Louisville, KY
August 23-28, 2010
August 29-September 1, 2010
Wilson Reading System Webcast Training;
APH in Louisville, KY
September 22-25, 2010
San Antonio, TX
September 25, 2010
Indiana Vision Expo 2010;
Spring Fever Sale
Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Spring Fever Sale 2010, April 1 – June 30. As always, first come, first served. www.aph.org/products/springfever.html
Additional 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: Certain APH manuals include CDs and/or tactile graphics. CDs and tactile graphics are available only with the purchased versions of manuals, and not with the free downloadable versions.
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: A Different Approach, 5-16750-04
- Going Places: Braille Worksheet Packet, 5-13091-00
- Portable Sound Source: Sound Localization Guidebook, Braille, 5-03045-00
- Quick Draw Paper: Suggested Uses, Braille, 5-04960-00
- Tangle Toy Guidebook, Braille, 5-08750-00
- Walk-Run for Fitness: Guidebook, Braille, 5-07520-00
REVISED! Shape Board
1-03710-01 — $82.00
The revised Shape Board has proportional shapes that contrast brightly against the yellow pegboard. Students learn to discriminate, sort, and classify different geometric figures according to size, shape, color, or position on the pegboard. Also aids in understanding up, down, right, and left.
This kit consists of 25 geometric figures and a board with three columns of five pegs. It includes five different shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle, and pentagon) in small, medium, and large sizes. Print and braille instructions are also included.
Recommended ages: 4 years 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.
Live from the Fifth Grade
by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna: T-N1017-30 — $24.37
Roger Friday is the class clown at Sacred Heart Elementary School, and the target of most of his jokes is classmate Marsha Cessano, because she’s so easy to tease. But having a sense of humor can be a curse, and a dead-snake prank lands Roger in after-school detention helping the kindly janitor. When the school laser printer is stolen, Marsha volunteers to help Roger find the thief to clear the janitor’s name. Fiction, Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #11475, BL 4.0, Pts 3.0)
by Gary Paulsen: TN1211-70 — $30.00
Thirteen-year-old Brian was rescued from the Canadian wilderness at the end of summer in The Hatchet. But what if, instead, he had faced the harsh winter in the woods? This survival story pits the stranded young outdoorsman against the cold, loneliness, and worst of nature. Fiction, Grades 6-9 (and older readers). *(AR Quiz #11704, BL 5.9, Pts. 5.0)
Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck: T-N8851-00 — $31.50
Lennie, strong but feeble-minded, and George, his responsible friend, are two itinerant laborers during the depression who dream of owning their own farm. Their hopes are shattered when Lennie accidentally kills the boss’s daughter-in-law. Strong language. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #8665, BL 4.5, Pts. 4.0)
You Can Do the Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia and Make Better Financial Decisions
by Ronald L. Lipsman: T-N1628-30 — $84.50
Professor offers an introduction to the mathematics of personal finance. Covers buying or leasing a car, owning or renting a home, insurance, credit cards, college and retirement funds, taxes and inflation, stock market investments, compound interest, and more. Companion web site link gives calculations. 2004.
The Education of Laura Bridgman: First Deaf and Blind Person to Learn Language
by Ernest Freebert: T-N1335-40 — $120.50
Chronicles the life of Laura Bridgman, who, born into a New Hampshire farm family in 1829, became deaf and blind at the age of two. Freeberg recounts Laura’s transformation into a woman who voraciously absorbed the world around her under the tutelage of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe of the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Biography.
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, Transcription Services Coordinator
- Maria Delgado, Field Services Representative
- Nancy Lacewell, Director, Government and Community Affairs
- Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer, Communications
- Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services
- Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
- Gwynn Stewart, Administrative Assistant, Communications
- Terrie Terlau, Adult Life Project Leader, Research
- Monica Turner, Field Services Representative
- Jeanette Wicker, Core Curriculum Project Leader, Research
- Debbie Willis, Director, Accessible Tests
Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research
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