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APH News: March 2002

Scott Blome Named Director of Communications

Scott Blome, Director of APH Department 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 D. Evans, 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

New APH Field Representative, Burt Boyer

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

Photo of page of braille from the book, Tangible Typography or How the Blind Read

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.

For additional information, contact Carol Tobe at 502/895-2405, ext. 365, or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


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.

Call Carol Tobe at 502/895-2405, ext. 365, or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Ronecker Slate Collection

Judy Dixon, NLS consumer relations officer inspects 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.

For additional information, contact Carol Tobe at 502/895-2405, ext. 365, or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


This is the red termite, and he's fightin' mad!

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!

Screen shot of Termite Torpedo showing termites, bombs, and players' scores.

If your students with low vision would like to try-out Termite Torpedo, please direct your browser to 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.

CVI Workshop

National Instructional Partnership logo

"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 ( for additional information and registration materials, or call Janie Humphries, Acting Director of Advisory Services, at 800/223-1839, ext. 367.

If you would like to partner with APH to sponsor an event through the National Instructional Partnership, contact Janie Humphries at the above number, or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please share information about these events with professionals and parents in your area!

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.

The Grandstand Portable reading Easel
Available in classic Yellow and now new Black!

Ordering Info:

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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

APH Product Catalog, 2002-2003

We have expanded the number of accessible editions for our Products Catalog 2002-2003. In addition to the print catalog, we are offering:

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 ( 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

Christmas Tree Puzzle, by Verne R. Sanford

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:

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:

Rules and forms can be found on the web at: Artists may also contact APH to request a copy of the entry form and rules of the competition: 800/223-1839 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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