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March 2007

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

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

Calling All Patterns Users!

Building on Patterns--Kindergarten

Have you heard that PATTERNS: THE PRIMARY BRAILLE READING PROGRAM is being revised? The revision is called BUILDING ON PATTERNS: THE PRIMARY BRAILLE LITERACY PROGRAM. We are pleased that the Kindergarten Level is now available for sale and is receiving good reviews.

If you would like to help us with the revision of the remaining levels, please send us your ideas about PATTERNS as follows:

  • stories or selections your student(s) and/or you especially like
  • stories or selections your student(s) and/or you dislike
  • types of stories or selections you would like to see added
  • activities that really seem to work
  • activities that do not seem to work and if possible suggestions for activities that you feel would work better
  • any changes you would like to see in the revision

It is not necessary to comment on every selection or activity, but do tell us about ones that stand out in your mind and where they can be found.

Although no special form is needed for sending your ideas, it would be helpful if you would include your name, daytime phone number, and email address, to be used if we need to clarify your ideas and suggestions.

Since revision of the First Grade Level is well underway, your Primer and First Reader suggestions should be sent as soon as possible. Second and Third Reader suggestions should be sent by the end of this school year.

Please send your suggestions to email hidden; JavaScript is required, or Eleanor Pester, APH, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206.

Thank you very much for your help. This information will help ensure that the things you want are included in this revision.

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field Accepting Nominations through March 16!

The Advisory Board of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is accepting nominations for 2007 induction consideration through March 16. 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:

APH InSights 2007 Art Competition and Exhibition – Reminder

Representation of a detail from Georgia O'Keefe's 'Jimson Weed' (1932) created with simulated braille dots.

Get your artwork ready, the time to enter is almost here.

Artists of all ages who are blind or visually impaired are invited to submit artwork for the sixteenth annual international art competition, APH InSights 2007.

There are two deadlines: April 1 is the deadline for entries from students in preschool through high school; April 15 is the deadline for entries from adult artists.

Competition rules and forms that may be printed out and mailed along with your artwork are posted on the web:

Artists may also contact APH to request a print or braille copy of the entry form and rules of the competition. You may contact Roberta Williams at 800/223-1839, ext. 357 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Florida Teachers Get Functional!

Approximately 70 teachers of the visually impaired from across Florida met in a chilly Tampa, FL, on February 16 – 17 to participate in an APH National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event, held in partnership with Ex Officio Trustee Suzanne Dalton and the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired. The two day event, led by Dr. LaRhea Sanford, focused on the Functional Vision Assessment/Learning Media Assessment, authored by Dr. Sanford and Dr. Rebecca Burnett. Participants received training in the use of the assessment tool, which will be available as an APH product in the coming months.

NIP events are designed to showcase the use of APH products across the areas of the Core Curriculum and the Expanded Core Curriculum. If you are interested in partnering with APH to bring an "expert" to your area, please contact Janie Blome by calling 800-223-1839, ext 367, or emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required

Phasing Out Stanford 9 in Accessible Media

Stanford Achievement Test books in Large Print and Braille

In the late 1990s, APH worked with Harcourt Assessment, Inc. to edit and produce braille and large print editions of the Stanford Achievement Test: 9th Edition, Form S, ©1996. The editions in accessible media were designed to measure performance of second through twelfth grade students in the areas of reading, spelling, study skills, language, mathematics, science, social science, and listening skills. The braille and large print editions of Stanford 9 are now discontinued and available inventory will be sold on a first come, first served basis. The newest in the series of Stanford Achievement Tests, Stanford 10, is available in accessible media from the test publisher:
Harcourt Assessment, Inc.
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, Texas 78259
1-800-211-8378 (phone)
1-800-232-1223 (fax)

APH Loves NM AER Conference

A whopping one hundred forty teachers of the visually impaired and other vision professionals attended New Mexico’s AER Conference, titled "Encompassing the Visual Field", February 22-23 in Rio Rancho, NM. And APH’s Sandi Baker, Field Services Representative, was there to present three sessions to attendees on "Using APH Materials in the Classroom". Conference-goers were happy to have the opportunity to see some of APH’s newest products, which included World at Your Fingers, the Moving Ahead book Splish the Fish, Quick Pick Braille Contractions, Periodic Table of the Elements, the Swirly Mats, and SQUID, the tactile magazine.

Congratulations New Mexico AER on such a successful conference!

Field Services Welcomes New Field Representative

Monica Turner

Some of you know Monica Turner in her other incarnation as Monica Coffey of the Accessible Tests Department, but in the last month Monica has married AND accepted a position as the new Field Services Representative in the Field Services Department. While she’ll join Sandi Baker and Maria Delgado in a wide variety of presentations and projects, Monica’s emphasis will be with parents and families.

We welcome Monica and encourage you to contact her at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Her first duty with Field Services will be exhibiting at CTEVH, so if you’re going to be in Santa Clara, come on by and say hello!

Accessible Textbooks Department Welcomes New Staffers

Shelah Shreve

APH has recently promoted Shelah Shreve to Coordinator for Largeprint Textbook Orders. In this position, Shelah will receive all new custom enlargement and large print textbook orders and track them through pre-production, production and shipping. You may contact her at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 800/223-1839, ext. 217.

Amanda White
New Prototype Developer, Amanda White, joined the team in mid-February. Amanda is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville and brings highly developed computer skills, proofreading and editing experience. Welcome Amanda at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Congratulations Shelah and welcome Amanda!

Online CVI Class Now Available

The 2006 AER workshop on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) by Dr. Gordon Dutton, a pediatric ophthalmologist from Glasgow, Scotland, is now available as an online course. CEUs are available.

The workshop entitled, "CVI-Damage to the Brain-A Common Cause of Visual Impairment in Children," is an online course broken into nine sections. The course provides students an overview of the visual system and how it works, disorders of vision due to brain damage, and approaches to helping students with vision problems due to brain damage. Dr. Dutton provides participants theory and practical application from his expertise as a clinician working with children and their families having been diagnosed with CVI. The intended audience for this course is any care provider working with a child diagnosed with or suspected of having CVI.

For more information go to:

Callahan Museum is Partner in Nation-Wide Celebration of Reading

A group at the Callahan Museum was part of a nation-wide celebration of the joy of reading, called "The Big Read" in February. Libraries and community groups held book discussion groups across America in a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The book adopted by the Louisville community was Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. The book discussion was led by Kathy Szinnyey, a librarian at the Louisville Talking Book Library.

"No matter how you read a book–regular print, large print, audio-book, or braille–we found a copy," said museum director Mike Hudson. "We did find out that books written in dialect, as much of Hurston’s novel was, can be pretty difficult to understand on an APH Book Port!"

Their Eyes Were Watching God was first published amid controversy in 1937 and rescued from obscurity four decades later. It narrates the life of Janie Crawford, who, because of the death of her third husband, returns to her home in the Everglades after having been away for a long time. Today it is considered a classic African-American and feminist work. At the Callahan, the discussion focused primarily on the book’s lyrical qualities and the attention it aims on attitudes we all hold about gender, race, and class.

The Callahan Museum sponsors a monthly series of programs. You can find out more at or by calling 502-899-2365.

Bards and Storytellers Series Returns for 2007

Bards & Storytellers, the Callahan Museum’s performance series which celebrates entertainers with visual impairments, will return to the Callahan Museum stage with a fresh lineup for 2007. Oregon storyteller John Dashney will open the series on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. The local traditional duo Tom and Kathy Arnold will perform on Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 pm. Classical violinist Barbara Henning will conclude the 2007 series at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 16th. The moderator for the season series will be Brent Bjorkmann, Associate Director of the American Folklore Society in Columbus, Ohio. Admission to the series is free but reservations are required, as tickets go quickly. For more information, contact Mike Hudson at 502-899-2365.

Fiddler Michael Cleveland opened the 2006 Bards and Storytellers Series at the Callahan Museum

The series received an Award of Merit from the Historic Confederation of Kentucky and the Kentucky Historical Society in March. The 2006 series featured Bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland, Albuquerque storyteller Kathy Claus, and Louisville pop idol Turley Richards in a series of programs moderated by folklorist Douglas Boyd.

"From the moment that Mike Cleveland played his first note, I knew this series was going to be special," said museum director Mike Hudson. "I can’t say enough about how much fun it was to work with Mike, Kathy, Turley, and Doug."

The Confederation sponsors an annual awards competition with categories such as exhibits, publications, and website design. Bards and Storytellers received the highest award in the educational program category.

Photo: Fiddler Michael Cleveland opened the 2006 Bards and Storytellers Series at the Callahan Museum. The 2007 series schedule has just been announced.

Attention Ex Officio Trustees: Student Registration Due March 15

Phase One of the 2007 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 30+ accounts that have completed Phase One and to all who are diligently updating their records to meet the deadline! Without this dedication, the completion of the census would be impossible and those we serve would be adversely affected. Thank you and happy updating!

APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustee

Jan Fesperman, Division of Services for the Blind (Raleigh, NC), replacing William Apple.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


March 1-4, 2007
Santa Clara, CA

March 6, 2007
Center for the Book Reading Promotion Partners Meeting;
Washington, DC

March 14, 2007
National Center on Disability & Access to Education Webcast;
Louisville, KY

March 14-16, 2007
SOMA 2007;
Nashville, TN

March 16, 2007
175th Anniversary of the New York Institute for Special Education;
Bronx, NY

March 19-20, 2007
Using the Sensory Learning Kit: NIP Event;
Ogden, UT

March 19-24, 2007
Los Angeles, CA

March 20, 2007
Universal Design for Learning Expert Workgroup Meeting (KDE)

March 22-24, 2007
Jo Taylor Leadership Institute;
Dallas, TX

March 25-29, 2007
Exhibitor 2007;
Las Vegas, NV

March 28-30, 2007
KAER 2007;
Jenny Wiley State Park, KY

March 29-31, 2007
Austin, TX

March 31, 2007
Board Meeting of Midwest Conference of Rehabilitation Teachers;
Rosemont, IL


April 3-5, 2007
Dakota Chapters AER Conference;
Aberdeen, SD

April 12-15, 2007
BANA Spring Board Meeting;
APH in Louisville, KY

April 16-18, 2007
Florida Conference of Volunteers;
Jacksonville, FL

April 18-21, 2007
CEC 2007;
Louisville, KY

April 23-24, 2007
Power Up 2007 Conference & Expo;
Columbia, MO

April 26-28, 2007
NBA Professional Development Conference 2007;
Colorado Springs, CO

April 27-28, 2007
New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) Staff Training;
Bronx, NY

For Timely Delivery, Order Fall 2007 Textbooks Now!

  • APH Large Print Textbooks in Color
  • Traditional Enlarged Print Textbooks in Color
  • Braille Textbooks

Photo of a new ATIC textbook with 18pt type

Help us help YOU obtain your textbooks for fall by ordering now! Search the Louis Database to find and order textbooks currently available from APH. To place your order, please follow these textbook searching and ordering instructions.

If you don’t find the title you’re looking for, the APH Accessible Textbooks Department (ATIC) is accepting orders for new textbooks in these media: APH Large Print Process, traditional enlarged print, and braille. All custom textbook orders flow through the Accessible Textbooks Department–one central ordering location for all your textbook needs!

APH purchases all print textbooks for our customers (unless the title is no longer in print or otherwise difficult to obtain), which makes ordering much faster. 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

REVISED! Variable Beam Flashlight Kit

Variable Beam Flashlight Kit: 1-08390-02 — $59.00
Color Beam Book with CD, Braille Edition: 5-08390-00 — $12.00
Color Beam Book with CD, Large Print Edition: 7-08390-00 — $6.00

Designed to help students develop visual awareness and visual tracking skills, this flashlight can be used in a wide range of instruction, including games. The included Color Beam Book contains instructions and suggested activities.

  • Now includes two variable beam flashlights
  • Includes two sets of eight translucent and seven transparent color lenses (30 lenses total)
  • Includes new Color Beam Book
  • Uses AAA batteries (included)

Recommended ages: all ages

NEW! SQUID: Tactile Activities Magazine, Issue 3

SQUID Issue 3: 1-08862-03 — $56.00

The exciting third issue of SQUID: Tactile Activities Magazine is now available with all-new activities! SQUID is intended to be deceptively fun — that is, while your child or student enjoys solving a variety of activities in each issue, he or she will actually (secretively — Shhh!) build and acquire skills that will enable him or her to become a more proficient tactile reader. Intended for children ages 5 and older, these puzzles, games, and brainteasers will foster:

  • texture discrimination,
  • systematic searching skills,
  • shape identification,
  • tracking various line paths,
  • pattern building and recognition,
  • and an understanding of symbols

SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine includes:

  • Large Print/Braille Activity Booklet
  • Tactile Activity Packet with an assortment of 3-hole punched tactile activities (you supply a binder)

Some of the activities in the new SQUID Issue 3 include:

  • Ar-r-r-gh Matey!
  • ASTRONOMY Word Search
  • Beat You by a Hare
  • Falling Snowflakes
  • Pizza Puzzler
  • Shelly’s Seashells
  • Starry Starry Flags

Also Available:
SQUID Issue 1: 1-08862-01 — $45.00
SQUID Issue 2: 1-08862-02 — $45.00

NEW! Woodcock-Johnson® III (WJ III): Tests of Achievement 2001: Large Print Edition (2 volumes and one pkg. of GlaReducers): 4-66000-00 — $99.00

Two Woodcock-Johnson III volumes

GlaReducers only: Glare-reducing sheets (pack of 4): 1-03062-00 — $10.00

Optional Item:
APH Tote: 4-66001-00 — $12.00

With permission of Riverside Publishing Company, the American Printing House for the Blind now offers a full-color large print edition of one of the most widely used diagnostic tests for ages 2 through adult. The WJ III is commonly used to identify learning disabilities and for gathering details on individual strengths and weaknesses in preparation for educational planning.

For more information on WJ III features, the Compuscore® scoring and Profiles system, or the regular print battery and materials, go to

Features of WJ III Large Print Edition:

  • Minimum sans serif font size of 20 points
  • Formatting for maximum readability by persons with low vision
  • Space-saving 8 1/2" x 11" page size, in two volumes
  • Spiral bound books that can lie flat on the table or be used with a book stand
  • Pre-printed tabs for easy location of tests
  • Full-color graphics on high contrast paper
  • GlaReducers: non-glare acetate sheets in yellow and pink (also sold separately)

A roomy canvas bag, convenient for carrying and storing the WJ III Large Print test materials, is available separately.

*Note: In order to administer the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement: Large Print Edition, you must have training in administration of the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement. Examiners must own or purchase the regular print test and materials, including the audio cassette/CD, manuals, Compuscore CD, and Test Records (available only through Riverside Publishing). Contact: Customer Service Department / RIVERSIDE PUBLISHING / 425 Spring Lake Drive / Itasca, IL 60143-2079 / 800-323-9540 /Fax: 630-467-7192/

NEW! GlaReducers (pack of 4): 1-03062-00 — $10.00

Enhance contrast and reduce glare on the entire page with these 8 1/2 x 11 inch translucent vinyl sheets in pink and yellow. The sheets can be three-hole punched and inserted in a binder.

NEW! APH Tote: 4-66001-00 — $12.00

Photo of a person carrying the APH Tote on their shoulder

This roomy black canvas bag is convenient for carrying sets of books and assessment materials.

NEW! Book Wizard™ Producer

Book Wizard™ Producer (CD-ROM): D-03530-00 — $200.00
Book Wizard Producer (Electronic Distribution): D-03530-ED — $200.00

Create Your Own Digital Talking Books with Book Wizard Producer Software!

Book Wizard

Book Wizard™ software is available from APH in two versions: Reader and Producer. Book Wizard Reader lets you read a wide variety of types of digital talking books as outlined in the specifications designed by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Digital Audio Information System (DAISY) consortium.

Book Wizard Producer is a new version of Book Wizard that has a robust set of tools to quickly and easily record, edit, and master a DAISY/NISO 2002 Digital Talking Book. Producer is compatible with source input of either a narrator who reads directly into the program or an imported audio file created from another source.


  • Creates any of six kinds of DAISY books
  • Creates an audio book from text
  • Creates an entire book from multiple sound files with a single command
  • Verifies and validates the books it creates
  • Edits Digital Talking Books


Book Wizard requires the following minimum system:

  • 300 megahertz PC compatible computer running at least Windows® 98 or Windows 2000 or later, including Vista®
  • 96 megabytes RAM
  • 20 megabytes disk space for software
  • Internet Explorer® 5.5 or later
  • Sound card and speakers
  • CD-ROM drive

Two Options for Purchasing Book Wizard

APH offers two convenient ways to order Book Wizard:

  • Customers can order the CD-ROM via mail, toll-free phone, or web site.
  • Users can purchase the program through our Electronic Distribution method. Simply download the demonstration version of the program from our web site ( Then phone our toll-free number (1-800-223-1839) and give us your credit card number. Within 24 hours, we will give you a code key that transforms your demo copy of the program into a full copy of the program.

Also Available:
Book Wizard Reader (CD-ROM): D-03531-00 — $49.00
Book Wizard Reader (Electronic Distribution): D-03531-ED — $39.00

NEW! Verbal View of Web Documents: D-10513-00 — $50.00

This latest title in the Verbal View tutorial series gives computer users who are blind or visually impaired the tools to work effectively with documents stored on the World Wide Web. The Verbal View tutorials emphasize keyboard commands and describe graphic components.

The prerequisite tutorial to the new Web Documents tutorial, Verbal View of the Net and Web, covers the internet and the Web and describes the various ways to connect to the Net. This new tutorial focuses more closely on the Web.

Web Browsers

Typically, computer users rely on web browser software to locate, read, and save documents located on the Web. This tutorial covers in detail retrieving and using documents with common browsers such as Internet Explorer® and Firefox®.

Requirements to Run

Verbal View of Web Documents software requires the following system as a minimum:

  • 300 MHz PC compatible computer running at least Windows® 98 or Windows 2000 or later, including Vista®
  • 96 MB RAM
  • 10 MB disk space
  • Internet Explorer® 5.5 or later
  • Sound card and speakers
  • CD-ROM drive

Also Available
Verbal View of the Net and Web: D-10512-00 — $50.00
Verbal View of Windows® XP: D-10500-00 — $50.00
Verbal View of Word®: D-10510-00 — $50.00
Verbal View of Word® Advanced: D-10511-00 — $50.00

New Title!
Lots of Dots: Counting 123: 1-10001-00 — $29.00

Learning by Coloring Is Fun!

Lots of Dots Counting 123

The Lots of Dots series is an exciting set of raised-line coloring books designed for future large print and braille readers. The books are designed for sequential use: children develop character recognition, pre-literacy and pre-math skills, and eventually picture building and daily living skills. This series helps children with visual impairments gain skills similar to those of their sighted peers, facilitating peer interaction. Accompanying each book are suggested enrichment exercises, allowing a child to fully associate the print letter, the braille, the tactile graphic, and the object.

The new Lots of Dots: Counting 123 presents the numbers 0-30 and then integers of 10 up to 90. Each number has two pages:

  • The first page features two or three large braille cells. The number is shown with its braille equivalent, along with reduced-size cells showing which dots need to be colored to complete the number.
  • The second page shows the number and tactile graphic depictions of easy-to-find objects that begin with the same letter as the number, i.e., five fans, seventeen seashells. The objects are depicted in a tactile graphic format.
  • Attached to the inside front cover is a plastic stencil of three large braille cells. This can be folded over the blank pages, allowing the child to practice the braille cell configuration for the number by tracing or by using the accompanying foam braille chips. This book uses uncontracted braille.

Also Available:
Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC’s: 1-10000-00 — $26.00

APH Braille Book Corner

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.

21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey, Including Facsimile of the Manuscript; the Aubrey-Maturin Novels
by Patrick O’Brian, Braille: T-N1595-50 — $23.00
Sequel to "Blue at the Mizzen." Jack Aubrey, now a rear admiral, is ordered to South America but trouble brews when Catholic inhabitants resent the Protestant crew. Manuscript unfinished at the author’s death in 2000. Strong language.

The Egyptologist
by Arthur Phillips, Braille: T-N1595-60 — $123.50
Through journal entries and correspondence, the mystery of King Atum-hadu’s tomb and a series of murders unfold. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. (*AR #83962, RL8.1, Pts. 26.0)

*Accelerated Reader number, reading level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January 2006 APH News or

APH News Credits

Dr. Tuck Tinsley

Malcolm Turner, APH Web Site Coordinator

Thanks to the following APH staff:

  • Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
  • Ralph Bartley, Director, Research
  • Sandi Baker, Field Services Representative
  • Janie Blome, Director, Field Services
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Brian Dougherty, Graphic Designer, Communications
  • Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Callahan Museum
  • Becki Moody, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field Services
  • Eleanor Pester, Braille Project Leader, Research
  • Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services and NIMAC
  • Jane Thompson, Director, Accessible Textbooks
  • Debbie Willis, Director, Accessible Tests

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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