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March 2006

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

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

For Timely Delivery: Order Your 2006 Textbooks Now!

Photo of a new ATIC textbook with 18pt type

  • Traditional Enlarged Print Textbooks
  • The new Large Print Process Textbooks
  • Braille Textbooks

The APH Accessible Textbooks Department (ATIC) is now accepting orders for textbooks in braille, traditional enlargement, and the new large print process. As of March 1, all custom textbook orders flow through the Accessible Textbooks Department–one central ordering location for all your textbook needs!

Last summer APH made a commitment to purchase all print textbooks for our customers unless no longer in print or otherwise difficult to obtain, which makes ordering much faster. To place your order simply follow the instructions located here:

To assure the correct textbook is processed we ask that you also send photocopies of the front and back of the book, the title page, and the back of the title page.

Questions? Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required -or- email hidden; JavaScript is required — Or call 800-223-1839

APH Test-Related Services

If you are planning to test students in the fall of 2006, and need test items reviewed and edited for accessibility, such as tactile graphics, braille, large print, and audio formats, our Accessible Tests staff are happy to be of service. APH’s Contract Administration will negotiate production of tests and related materials in accessible media. Call 800/223-1839, ext. 267, or email Doug Trent (email hidden; JavaScript is required) in Contract Administration for a free estimate.

Field Test Opportunities

Below are two field test opportunities in the area of Tactile Graphics. If you are interested in participating as a field evaluator of either, please contact Karen Poppe, APH Tactile Graphics Project Leader, at email hidden; JavaScript is required or by phone at 800/223-1839, ext 322 by March 15. In both cases, evaluators will be asked to use the prototype with as many students with visual impairments and blindness as possible as well as complete an evaluation regarding product’s design, function, and usefulness. Evaluators will be selected based upon type of setting, available number of students, and geographical location. Due to the limited number of prototypes, it will not be possible for all those who respond to be selected as evaluators. Below is a brief description of each product and its target population:

  1. Scattered Crowns: A Tactile Attribute Game: This tactile/print board game is aimed at children 5 years and older. Its purpose is to encourage the development of fine tactile discrimination skills related to textures and shapes. The difficulty of the game can be tailored to the age and skill level of the players.
  2. StackUps: Spatial Reasoning Using Cubes and Isometric Drawings. This set of materials is intended for middle-school and high school students with visual impairments and blindness. Its purpose is to assist in the interpretation of raised-line graphics depicting three-dimensional figures, specifically stacked cube arrangements. Using three-dimensional stackable cubes and tactile matching cards, the students can practice building three-dimensional models in combination with tactile displays, using Mat Plans to construct stacked cube arrangements, interpreting front-right-top views, and determining volume and surface area.

Attention Ex Officio Trustees: Student Registration Due March 15

Phase One of the 2006 Federal Quota Census is due March 15th. Last minute questions can be handled by Cindy Amback at 800/223-1839, ext. 257, or email hidden; JavaScript is required

A special thank you to the twenty-two (22) accounts that completed Phase One in February, and to all who are diligently updating their records in a timely fashion! Without this dedication, the completion of the census would be impossible and those we serve would be adversely affected. We certainly appreciate your diligence during this transition and happy updating!

APH Celebrates a Colleague

Connie Hill, Tuck Tinsley, Will Evans, and Bob Brasher

On February 11, Connie Hill was inducted in to Marshall University’s Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. Connie, who serves as recreation director and athletic trainer for the Kentucky School for the Blind, distinguished herself as a sports medicine specialist at Marshall by serving as the athletic trainer for the football, softball, and track and field teams, as well as the cheerleading squad. APH President Tuck Tinsley and a group of KSB staff surprised Connie by attending the special event.

Photo: Connie Hill with Tuck Tinsley, Will Evans, and Bob Brasher

Basics at the District of Columbia/Maryland AER Conference

"Back to the Basics" was the theme for the DC/MD AER Conference held at the Maryland School for the Blind in Baltimore, Feb 15 and 16, where Cay Holbrook provided the Featured Presentation titled ‘Supporting Literacy Achievement for Children Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired’ for the more than 135 in attendance. APH’s Sandi Baker presented two sessions on Early Childhood and Early Literacy products at the conference, and exhibited various APH materials in the vendor’s hall. Thanks to EOT Robb Farrell for providing APH materials for the exhibit, and to EOT Elaine Sveen and the Maryland School for the Blind for hosting the conference this year.

Standin’ On A Corner in Tucson, Arizona

The University of Tucson hosted APH Field Services Director Janie Blome on Tuesday, February 21, for product training and demonstrations for students in their personnel preparation program. Approximately 12 students participated in the session, exploring and examining products such as Money TalksTM, the Sensory Learning Kit, Book PortTM, and others. Thanks to Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum for arranging the opportunity for APH to share new products and Federal Quota information with her students.

APH Ex Officio Trustee Advisory Committees to Visit APH

The spring 2006 Advisory Committee meeting dates have been finalized for both the Educational Products Advisory Committee (EPAC) and the Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC).

EPAC, chaired by Ex Officio Trustee Carol McCarroll (TN) will meet in Louisville May 7 – 10, to advise APH on product research, development, production and distribution. ESAC, chaired by Ex Officio Trustee Karen Blankenship (IA) will be in Louisville May 15 – 18 to discuss APH services as they relate to products.

All Ex Officio Trustees are invited to share concerns with the Committees, or provide ideas for the agenda. Please contact Janie Blome, email hidden; JavaScript is required, if you have items you’d like discussed, or if you are interested in serving on one of the committees in the future.

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field Still Accepting Nominations through March 17!

The Board of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is still accepting nominations for 2006 induction consideration. If you are interested in learning more about the process and/or submitting a qualified nominee, please visit the following link on the APH web site:

Remember to submit supporting letters (up to three) separately if you electronically nominate.

For more information on the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, visit the web location at:

Northern Illinois University Announces Distance Teaching Program

NIU Northern Illinios University

Northern Illinois University announces the availability of an opportunity to participate in a distance cohort to become certified teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired to begin in the 2006 fall semester. Tuition and fees will be paid in the four year program. Students will be required to purchase books and other instructional materials as required. This is a graduate program. As a consequence, to be eligible for admission, a prospective student must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

For more information, contact Gaylen Kapperman at 815/753-8453 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

PCO Announces, "Access and Inclusion: Our Rehabilitation Future"

Pennsylvania College of Optometry 1919

The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) for the project entitled "Access and Inclusion: Our Rehabilitation Future." This project will address critical shortages of university-trained personnel in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) by increasing the supply of trained O&M and VRT graduates and upgrading existing personnel in the State-Federal Rehabilitation System. For further information about the VRT program, contact Maureen A. Duffy at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 215/780-1362. For further information about the O&M program, contact Laurel Leigh at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 215/780-1449.

In Memoriam
Samuel C. Ashcroft

Dear Friends,
We are writing to let you know that our dad passed away on Monday, January 30. Shortly before he died, he said, "It is well with my soul and I owe no library fines." We love that he kept his sense of humor until the end. He requested that a memorial fund be set up through Helen Keller International (877/535-5374) to support its joint work with UNICEF to combat malnutrition and blindness in children. One of his first career assignments was with the Foundation for Overseas Blind which is now called Helen Keller International. He felt it would bring his career full circle when we set up this memorial fund.

Thanks for your friendship and support through the years.
Love, Tommie (wife), Barbara, and Wendy

Sam Ashcroft worked for over sixty years on behalf of children who were blind and visually impaired. He dedicated most of his career to education and research at George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He also served as founder and first Director of Educational Research at APH. He was active in the International Council for Exceptional Children, serving as its National President and the founding President of the Foundation for Exceptional Children. In 2002, Dr. Ashcroft was inducted into the "Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field."

For further information on this amazing journey, please visit Dr. Ashcroft’s biography site at the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

APH Travel Calendar


on the road with APH

March 2, 2006
IDEIA and You: Implementing NIMAS-Jo Taylor Pre-meeting;
Atlanta, GA

March 3-5, 2006
Jo Taylor Leadership Institute;
Atlanta, GA

March 9-12, 2006
CTEVH Conference;
Anaheim, CA

March 19-21, 2006
National Center for Family Literacy Conference;
Galt House, Louisville, KY

March 20-25, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

March 22-24, 2006
KAER 2006;
Lexington, KY


April 1, 2006
MACRT Board Meeting;
APH in Louisville, KY

April 2-5, 2006
Florida Conference of Volunteers Serving the Visually Impaired;
Altamonte Springs, FL

April 5-8, 2006
CEC Convention (Council for Exceptional Children);
Salt Lake City, UT

April 17, 2006
Hardware & Software Product Training;
Jeffersonville, IN

April 20, 2006
Penn-Del AER 2006;
Grantville, PA

April 23-29, 2006
NBA Board Meeting & Conference;
St. Louis, MO

April 25-29, 2006
AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance);
Salt Lake City, UT

April 27-May 1, 2006
National Braille Association Spring (’06) Conference;
St. Louis, MO

April 30-May 4, 2006
IRA 51st Annual Convention;
Chicago, IL

SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine:
Issue 1: 1-08862-01 — $45.00

"A Recreational Approach to Tactile Literacy"

SQUID Magazine is deceptively fun: while your student enjoys a variety of activities, he or she will acquire skills needed to become a more proficient tactile reader. These puzzles, games, and brainteasers will foster:

  • Texture discrimination
  • Systematic searching
  • Shape identification
  • Tracking line paths
  • Pattern building and recognition
  • Understanding symbols

This premier issue of SQUID Magazine includes:

  • Large Print/Braille Activity Booklet
  • Puzzle solutions
  • Tactile Activity Packet with an assortment of 3-hole punched tactile activities (for inclusion into your own binder). Includes such activities as: tactile mazes, counting/math tasks, coloring pages, word searches.

Look forward to future announcements of SQUID issues in this newsletter or at

Recommended Ages: 5+

NEW! Graphic Art Tape: 1-08878-00 — $35.00

Graphic Art Tape includes three different widths of black, crepe-finish tape including 1/4", 1/8", and 1/16" in 18-yard rolls. The rolls of tape come packaged in individual plastic dispensers. Separate print and braille versions of a suggested uses sheet are provided. Graphic Art Tape is ideal for:

  • Inserting tactile lines on graphs
  • Marking the hand positions on embossed clock faces
  • Illustrating geometric figures in math
  • Creating science and social studies diagrams
  • Showing roads, rivers, etc., on tactile maps
  • Providing divider lines on worksheets

Note: The thinnest width (1/16-inch) can be used to create curved shapes.

New Additions to the duPont Series of Print/Braille Children’s Books

The generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has made these brightly-colored, hard-cover picture books with inserted braille pages available to families at a special price.

Oranges on Golden Mountain:
by Elizabeth Partridge
9-14033-00 — $10.00
Life is not always easy for Jo Lee as he adjusts to his new life in America. His muscles ache from fishing, his uncle is a stranger to him, and he misses his mother and sister in China. But the orange branches he brought with him hold the promise of seeing them again.

Goin’ Someplace Special:
by Patricia McKissack
9-14020-00 — $10.00
It’s Tricia Ann’s first trip alone on the bus, and she’s going to a special place where all are welcome regardless of skin color. Set in 1950s Nashville, this Coretta Scott King award-winner introduces the topic of segregation.

Also Available:

Capital! Washington D.C. from A-Z: 9-15036-00 — $10.00
Looking Out for Sarah: 9-14009-00 — $10.00
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: 9-15008-00 — $10.00
The Mysterious Tadpole: 9-15012-00 — $10.00
Pumpkin Eye: 9-14012-00 — $10.00
Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor: 9-15015-00 — $10.00

duPont Collection books are not available with Quota funds.

APH Braille Book Corner:
Five NEW Recreational Braille Titles Now Available from APH!

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.

Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase
by Cynthia Rylant
T-N1535-90 — $8.00
Henry and his dog Mudge tangle with a grumpy goose when they visit a farm to buy fresh eggs and vegetables. *(AR#73209, RL2.2, Pts. 0.5)

Lizards: Weird and Wonderful
by Margery Facklam
T-N1540-40 — $11.00
Introduces facts and stories about 13 lizards from the Komodo dragon and marine iguana to the Gila monster. *(AR#65952, RL5.9, Pts. 1.0)

Necessary Noise: Stories about Our Families as They Really Are
edited by Michael Cart
T-N1536-70 — $48.50
Ten short stories portraying different kinds of family scenes. For senior high readers, contains strong language. *(AR#68984, RL5.1, Pts. 6.0)

The Spinning Man
by George Harrar
T-N1536-20 — $76.00
Philosophy professor Evan Birch’s life is thrown into turmoil after he becomes the main suspect in the kidnapping of a teenage cheerleader. (Adult)

Jim Wilson’s Container Gardening
by Jim Wilson
T-N1563-50 — $67.50
Former PBS Victory Garden® host provides information on containers, soil mixtures, and plants appropriate for various locations and situations. (Adult)

*Accelerated Reader number, reading level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January APH News or

Have You Downloaded Your Free Limited-Use Copy of MaximEyesTM for Internet Explorer®?

MaximEyes Software: D-00500-00 — $59.95
Not available on Federal Quota.

MaximEyesTM is a plug-in for Internet Explorer® that adds a toolbar which allows you to control the size of website text and images. It will also speak page content.

Download your free limited-use copy — this version works on APH’s website only, the full version for purchase will work on any site on the web. On the APH homepage, click on the MaximEyes button in the right-hand column or go to

APH News Credits

Dr. Tuck Tinsley

Malcolm Turner, APH Web Site 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
  • Becki Moody, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field services
  • Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
  • Jane Thompson, Director, Accessible Textbooks
  • Debbie Willis, Director, Accessible Tests

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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