Your monthly link to the latest information on the products, services, and training opportunities of the American Printing House for the Blind.
Exciting New APH Products Announced!
Read on to learn about these new products – now available!
- SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine
- Graphic Art Tape
- Oranges on Golden Mountain
- Goin’ Someplace Special
- APH Braille Book Corner
- MaximEyesTM for Internet Explorer®
For Timely Delivery: Order Your 2006 Textbooks Now!
- 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: www.aph.org/atic/fall2006.html
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.
APH Test-Related Services
Field Test Opportunities
- 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.
- 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
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
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.
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: www.aph.org/hall_fame/nom_letter.html
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: www.aph.org/hall_fame/index.html
Northern Illinois University Announces Distance Teaching Program
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.
PCO Announces, "Access and Inclusion: Our Rehabilitation Future"
APH Travel Calendar
March 2, 2006
IDEIA and You: Implementing NIMAS-Jo Taylor Pre-meeting;
March 3-5, 2006
Jo Taylor Leadership Institute;
March 9-12, 2006
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
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;
April 20, 2006
Penn-Del AER 2006;
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;
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 www.aph.org
Recommended Ages: 5+
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.
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 www.renlearn.com/ar
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 www.aph.org/products/me_bro.html
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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