APH News: March 2002
Scott Blome Named Director of Communications
Scott Blome, manager of the APH Communications Group, has been named director of the newly established Department of Communications. The Department is responsible for the graphic design of APH products and broadly promoting those products through catalogs, brochures, and advertisements. Additionally, the department promotes the variety of consulting services of the company and oversees the operations of the APH web site. Scott’s creative and managerial efforts have long shined as evidenced by an impressive output of well-designed products and promotional materials. Congratulations to Scott!
Will D. Evans Named Educational Products and Services Advisor
Will Evans, formerly APH Educational Products Manager, has been named to a position that will handle the processes important to the development of products and services across departments. In this expanded role, Will will bridge the departments and divisions of the company to assure that educational products and services are appropriate and beneficial to APH consumers. Congratulations to the legendary Will, who makes every day better!
Welcome Burt Boyer, New APH Field Services Representative
Burt Boyer, a well-known educator and administrator, joins APH as the new Field Services Representative focusing on the needs of families. Burt, the former head of Oakland Services for the Blind and two residential schools, will also lead our national Babies Count efforts. We are thrilled that Burt decided to "come home" to Kentucky and focus APH on the needs of families. Congratulations to us for attracting Mr. Boyer to the Printing House!
Museum Receives Earliest Known Specimen of Braille Published in England
Through the generosity of a donor, the Callahan Museum has acquired an important book, Tangible Typography or How the Blind Read, for the museum collection. This book, printed in 1853 in London, has embossed plates with specimens of embossed printing systems including those of Alston, Frere, Lucas, Moon, Carton, Braille, and Howe’s Boston line letter. The book contains the earliest known specimen of braille published in England.
Touring with IN TOUCH WITH KNOWLEDGE
A reception celebrating the first tour showing of the Callahan Museum traveling exhibit, IN TOUCH WITH KNOWLEDGE, was held at the Watson Center for the Visually Impaired in Largo, Florida, February 7. Eugene Callahan, benefactor of the traveling exhibition (as well as of the museum), attended the reception and gave a brief presentation.
The next tour stop for the exhibit is the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon and from there to the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton. There are two booking opportunities available between July and November before the exhibit travels to New Mexico. Note that this is a good opportunity for organizations in the midwest to show this exhibit.
The Ronecker Slate Collection
A large and important braille slate collection has been added to the Callahan Museum collections. David Ronecker (1918-2001) was an avid collector of slates and APH was able to acquire his collection after his death in September. Blind since birth, Ronecker attended the Missouri School for the Blind. He lived most of his life in Texas where he worked as a medical technician for the armed forces. In addition to his slate collecting hobby, David Ronecker had an extensive collection of big band recordings, was a ham radio operator, and an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.
Pictured at right, Judy Dixon, consumer relations officer for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, visited the museum on December 10 to help with accessioning the collection. Judy, a collector and authority on braille slates, was very enthusiastic and complimentary on the quality and variety of the 140 slates and 34 styluses in the Ronecker collection.
HELP APH BLAST SOME TERMITES!!!
The APH Technology Group is looking for sites to test the new low vision computer game, Termite Torpedo. Termite Torpedo is a fun video game for one or two people with graphics and functions designed especially for students from seven to seventeen with low vision. Although Termite Torpedo helps students develop better visual fixation, tracking, scanning, and discrimination skills, we won’t tell them that — we’ll just let them have fun!
If your students with low vision would like to try-out Termite Torpedo, please direct your browser to www.aph.org/beta and check the Termite Torpedo box, fill in your email address, and send the form. This will give you the opportunity to read your rights and responsibilities as a beta tester and sign on to the beta test list serve. As a beta tester you may provide feedback, via the list serve, but you will also be asked to complete a brief questionnaire. Your participation in this beta testing will aid programmers and developers in getting the program just right before releasing it as a finished product.
"Taking a Good Look at Cortical Visual Impairment", Memphis, TN, April 24 – 26, 2002, will feature techniques for identification, intervention and instruction for students with cortical visual impairment, along with demonstrations of appropriate materials and equipment. Dr. Christine Roman, of Marshall University, will share her vast experience and knowledge in working with cortically visually impaired children at this workshop, offered in partnership with the Arkansas School for the Blind and the Arkansas Department of Education.
Visit APH Workshops (www.aph.org/advisory/workshops/wksmain.html) for additional information and registration materials, or call Janie Humphries, Acting Director of Advisory Services, at 800/223-1839, ext. 367.
GrandStand Reading Stand Now Available in Black
You may have noticed in our new products catalog that the GrandStand Portable Reading Easel is now available in black as well as yellow. The GrandStand is a lightweight and low cost reading stand for large print users. It’s easy to carry, folds when not in use, and has an adjustable book shelf.
Available in classic Yellow and now new Black!
- Grandstand Yellow: 1-03205-00 — $34.00
- Grandstand Black: 1-03204-00 — $34.00
Purchase the Grandstand on line at Shop APH, by phone at 1-800-223-183, by FAX at 1-502-589-2274, or by mail to APH, PO Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206-2405.
New Products Catalog Available in Additional Accessible Editions
We have expanded the number of accessible editions for our Products Catalog 2002-2003. In addition to the print catalog, we are offering:
- A tone-indexed cassette tape edition (4-track, 15/16 ips).
- A text file edition that is very friendly for synthetic speech users.
- An HTML text edition, new for this year. The HTML edition does not contain photos, but has added navigational features for synthetic speech users and large print users.
- A PDF (Portable Document Format) edition, also new for this year. The PDF edition electronically reproduces the catalog pages exactly as they appear in print, with all photos and other graphics. It is not designed for speech users, but is useful for regular print or large print users. A free Acrobat® Reader from Adobe® is required to read the PDF. Download
this at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html.
The three electronic editions mentioned above are available for download at the APH Accessible Catalog Download Center or on a CD-ROM that also contains our software demos and listings of our new braille and large print textbooks for spring 2002.
To order a copy of the APH Products Catalog 2003-2003, go to the APH Catalogs Order Form at (www.aph.org/catalogs/catalog_form.html) on the APH web site, or call APH Catalog Services at 800-223-1839, ext. 704.
First-Ever Family Life Catalog in Process
We are excited to announce that a Family Life Catalog, containing a selection of our products most appropriate for families with visually impaired children, will be available in April.
APH InSights 2002 Art Competition and Exhibition
Artists of all ages who are visually impaired or blind are invited to submit artwork for the eleventh annual international art competition, APH InSights 2002.
Last year, over 500 entries were received. From those, jurors selected eighty-two pieces for the October exhibition in Louisville. The exhibit is now open on the APH accessible web site: www.aph.org.
Artists may enter artwork created in any visual art medium, including (but not limited to), painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber, metal, or wood. Award winners are invited to come to Louisville to receive their cash awards and ribbons at the October meeting of Ex Officio Trustees. Last year, thirteen award-winners attended the awards banquet. (While APH cannot pay the full travel cost of those attending, a stipend to assist with travel is available.)
There are two deadlines this year:
- April 15 is the deadline for entries from preschool age through high school.
- May 1 is the deadline for entries from adult artists.
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Thanks to the following APH staff members for their contributions to this effort:
- Scott Blome
- Bill Brymer
- Theresa Close
- Janie Humphries
- Elaine Kitchel
- Artina Paris
- Carol Tobe
- Roberta Williams