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Exciting APH Product Information!
- APH Winter Wonderland Sale
- Worksite for Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment (FVLMA)
- APH Braille Book Corner
Typhlo & Tactus Tactile Book Contest 2015
Entries Due September 4, 2015
Once again APH is the U.S. national contact for The International Tactile-Illustrated Book Prize, a biennial competition created to encourage improvement of the quality and quantity of tactile books for young children with visual impairments. Don’t miss your chance to submit your tactile book, designed for children with visual impairments from 3 to 12 years of age.
The competition is conducted by Typhlo & Tactus (T&T), an organization comprised of western and eastern European nations that exists to improve the quality and quantity of tactile books available to young children with visual impairments in member countries. As a part of T&T’s efforts, the organization has conducted a biennial tactile book competition each year, beginning in 2000. At first, the competition was open only to European T&T members, but in 2011, it was opened to a worldwide audience.
A panel of U.S. judges will review each entry and select the top five books to send overseas for final adjudication by an international panel of children and adults with visual impairments, as well as professionals in the field. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded. The first prize winning entry will be kept in the T&T Archives in the International Museum of Tactile Illustrated Books located in Dijon, France. Selected books may be featured on the T&T website, and appear in posters and promotional materials used by T&T.
Information About the T&T Tactile Book Competition
- United States Information: Rules and forms for submission of the U. S. entries: www.aph.org/research/tactile-book-contest/
- General Information about the competition, and a list of last year’s international entries: http://www.tactus.org/
- 2013 Winners: http://www.tactus.org/Results2013.pdf
- Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children’s Books: www.aph.org/research/illustration/
Visit this section of APH News in the months ahead to find a list of available APH products helpful in the development of important tactile skills necessary for meaningful interpretation of tactile graphics by young children and students with visual impairments and blindness. This issue’s focus is APH products (or individual product components and activities) that reinforce Texture Discrimination.
- EZeeCOUNT Abacus (1-03185-00) features beads with two textures.
- Feel ‘n Peel Sheets: Carousel of Textures (1-08863-00)
- Flip-Over Concept Books: TEXTURES (1-08829-00)
- Giant Textured Beads (1-03780-00)
- Giant Textured Beads with Pattern Matching Cards (1-03778-00)
- IntelliTactiles Pre-Braille Concepts, Classroom Suite Edition (1-08516-01)
- MathBuilders, Unit 1: Manipulatives Set with textured shapes (61-421-051)
- On the Way to Literacy Storybooks:
- Pattern Matching Cards (1-03779-00)
- Picture Maker: Geometric Textured Shapes (1-08838-01)
- Picture Maker: Textured Strips (1-08838-02)
- Puzzle Form Board Kit (1-03721-00)
- Sensory Cylinder Set (1-03670-00)
- Scattered Crowns: Tactile Attribute Game (1-08462-00)
- Spangle Tangle: Play and Explore Kit (1-08755-00)
- SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine with these activities or tactile mazes:
- (“Pog Pond” included in Issue 1: 1-08862-01)
- (“Not Just Any Treat” in Issue 2: 1-08862-02)
- (“Beat You by a Hare” included in Issue 3: 1-08862-03)
- (“Out of Sync” included in Issue 4: 1-08862-04)
- (“Piece It Back Together” included in Issue 5: 1-08862-05)
- (“Snow Buddies” included in Issue 6: 1-08862-06)
- (“Mittens for Kittens” included in Issue 7: 1-08862-07)
- Tangle Toy® and Tangle Book Kit (1-08750-00)
- Textured Matching Blocks (1-08950-00)
- Textured Paper Collection (1-03275-00)
- Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes (1-08834-00)
- Web Chase (1-08460-00)
- Web Chase: Textured Prey Pieces (61-133-026)
Field Evaluators Needed
APH is working with Orbit Research and Texas Instruments to develop an accessible TI-30XS MultiView Calculator that will replace the OrionTI-36X Talking Scientific Calculator. (The TI-36 is no longer being made by Texas Instruments and therefore the Orion TI-36X Talking Scientific Calculator will be phased out.) The Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator is a modified TI-30XS MultiView with a small attachment on the back and an additional three keys on the front panel that add accessibility and additional controls. The calculator will provide full access to all menus, expressions, text, and symbols displayed on the screen and will feature recorded voice, accessible history, fraction mode, key describer mode, and a user replaceable battery.
Field testing will begin in April 2015 and extend through the end of the school year. Evaluators must have a student in a STEM class that uses a scientific calculator. The student should be a braille reader and able to use the calculator 2-3 times a week. Special consideration will be given to a team of teachers consisting of a TVI and a regular education STEM teacher. Evaluators will be asked to a) use the prototype with a student in an appropriate STEM class b) complete a product evaluation form, and c) join a beta list serve and provide feedback.
APH Braille Plus 18 Survey
We need your candid opinions regarding the Braille Plus 18 and students’ classroom needs.
APH is at a critical juncture in our planning process for the future of technology products, including the Braille Plus 18. We need information to guide not only our product selection process, but to also be used for budgeting purposes for fiscal year 2016.
We are asking that you please complete this survey and also forward it to all of those with the responsibility of teaching such devices to “our” students. We encourage instructors to include the input of students when possible.
It would be very helpful if completed surveys could be returned to us by Friday, March 20.
Thank you very much for your valued assistance.
Beep Kickball Needs Survey
APH has received two new product submissions for 1) a beep kickball and 2) buzzing bases. Please complete this needs survey to help APH determine the need value of a beeping kickball kit. We welcome input from young and old alike. Get your students involved by making this survey a class project.
Paint-by-Number Product Need Survey
APH received a new product submission for a series of original, bold line/tactile drawings that students can use for painting or coloring with crayons or markers. The paint-by-number instruction will teach "real world colors" for each image. Please complete this short survey to help APH determine the need for a paint-by-number product. Thank you for your help in the development of this potential product.
Quick Tips Corner
Welcome to a new feature in the APH News – Quick Tips Corner! Every month, we’ll be here to tell you all about APH Quick Tips–those short, informative APH-centric videos that you love so much! APH Quick Tips are archived here: www.aph.org/quick-tips/
And, here are our latest four Quick Tips!
- Child in a Strange Country – This interactive display from the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind shows Helen Keller’s educational journey, and is the museum’s main traveling exhibit.
- Web Chase – This fun APH board game just happens to also help improve tactile discrimination skills!
- Products Showcase – The APH Products Showcase shopping site is a new way for credit card customers to shop and rate products!
- Tactile Graphic Image Library – A collection of archived, well-designed templates — available free of charge from APH — to aid with the creation of tactile graphics.
Final Weeks to Submit Nominations for the Hall of Fame (2015)
The Hall of Fame is still accepting nominations for 2015 induction consideration. IT’S VERY EASY. To learn the simple process for submitting a nominee to join the 54 inductees, please visit: www.aph.org/hall/nominate.html.
The nomination process will close Friday, March 27, 2015.
"The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence manifested by the specific individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame and through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired."
Around the House:
Lexmark Adding Innovations to APH
Tim Allen talking to representatives of Lexmark
On February 3, 2015, Lexmark presented the Technology Product Research Department with a LexmarkMX710/611 multi-function printer. The printer is paired with Lexmark Accessibility Solution (LAS), which is a web-based software that allows users to initiate copy, fax, email, and scan jobs directly from their computer, tablet or mobile device as an alternative to the multi-function printer touch screen. It is also designed to work with a wide range of assistive technology, including screen magnifiers and screen readers.
“This multi-purpose work station is not only convenient for anyone who needs to scan, fax, copy, or print, but its unique interface and double-sided scanning makes it a perfect tool for blind and low vision users. You tell it the job you want and how many copies (if applicable,) then it assigns you a number. You take what you need to the device, type that number into its keypad, and it performs the function.” – Larry Skutchan
Karen E. Stone
APH has 3 new employees in Braille Pre-Production (Proofreading).
- Emily Hurd (Proofreader)—Emily attended Morehead State University and received a Masters of Arts in Social Sciences, majored in History and minored in Journalism.
- Karen E. Stone (Copyholder)—Karen attended Indiana University Southeast and graduated with a degree in General Studies, minor in Communication-Speech, and a certificate in Supervision.
- Louise Via (Copyholder)—Louise is a graduate of Bellarmine University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Music.
We also welcome Meredith Cloud to Braille Improvement as a Braille Trainee. Meredith came to APH and Louisville via North Georgia. She is proud of her husband’s journey through enrollment at the Theological Seminary. Meredith has already jumped into UEB Braille.
APH on the Road
Mississippi CEC Conference Exhibit: A Good Bet!
February 4-6, Field Services Representative Kerry Isham represented APH as an exhibitor at the Mississippi Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference in Biloxi. This conference was held at the Imperial Palace Casino, and drew approximately 400 attendees. Participants enjoyed seeing APH products “in person,” and showed particular interest in Address: Earth Section 2, Braille Beads, the DRAFTSMAN, and the new Flip-Over Concept Book demonstrating textures.
From the Field:
Nominate a Teacher of the Year!
Nancy Niebrugge, Associate VP of National Programs, Braille Institute and Jan Zollinger, 2014 Teacher of the Year from Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind.
To read more about past nominees and last year’s winner, visit: http://www.brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge-homepage/teacher-of-the-year.html
Who is the “Go-To” Person in YOUR State?
California Ex Officio Trustee Jonn Paris-Salb shares a request.
As it turns out there is no specific database to find out who is the go-to person related to services for the visually impaired in each state or territory. Often there is a department of education, a state school for the blind, or other state agency that might serve in that capacity. Sharing information, data, and timely correspondence is crucial with the onset of UEB, digital accessible materials, and new emerging technologies. Please take a minute and respond and please provide current contact information:
BVI Service coordinator:
Treasures From the APH Libraries
The APH Barr Library supports research initiatives at APH, while the Migel Library is one of the largest collections of nonmedical information related to blindness in the world. Although the collections do not circulate, arrangements can be made to use the materials on-site. In addition, an ongoing digitization effort means APH will continue to make materials available through the online catalog at http://migel.aph.org.
From the Barr Library: Stephens, Beth, and Katherine Simpkins. The Reasoning, Moral Judgment, and Moral Conduct of the Congenitally Blind: Final Report. U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1974.
The competency of 75 congenitally blind and 75 sighted participants between the ages of 6-18 was analyzed with over 30 Piagetian standards of reasoning, moral judgment, and moral conduct. One unanticipated finding was that blind individuals displayed an average delay of eight years in the development of reasoning processes. In the areas of moral judgment and conduct, there were no major differences reported between the blind and sighted subjects. Disparities found in the blind group’s ability to reason highlighted the necessity to offer continuous opportunities in which those with visual impairments could engage in concrete operational thought processes. Above all, the authors suggest a shift from the traditional "active-teacher-passive pupil" paradigm to one in which students are encouraged to ask questions and experiment with ideas.
From the Migel Library: Leupp, Constance D. “Removing the Blinding Curse of the Mountains: How Dr. McMullen, of the Public Health Service, Is Organizing the War Against Trachoma in the Appalachians…” World’s Work 28.4 (1914.)
Due to a trachoma epidemic in 1912, Dr. John McMullen of the U.S. Public Health Service was sent to the Appalachians of Kentucky. Having become a trachoma expert at Ellis Island, he took to horseback to report on the “granular lids” and “sore eyes” of the almost 4,000 people he examined in these remote areas. Because of the one-room cabins that many of the inhabitants shared, entire families were often infected with trachoma, and had no way to get help. Dr. McMullen set up a small hospital for trachoma and other eye problems. After initial rumors about the doctor “putting people to sleep” rather than treating them, word of his successes gradually spread, and additional hospitals were opened in the area. His work served as an example of treatment for the state, reaching all the way to Louisville. This work has been digitized for the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/removingblinding00byco
APH is working with the Internet Archive to digitize portions of the M.C. Migel Library. Search the phrase “full text” to find these items at http://migel.aph.org. The digitized texts are available in a variety of formats, including DAISY, Kindle, EPUB, PDF, etc.
The APH Museum Readers Theater Troupe
Cast of last year’s readers theater production of The Curious Savage.
Our troupe will present a mini-festival of new plays, all by playwrights who are blind or visually impaired, Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. The four “playlets,” each less than a half hour long, were written as part of a two-session playwriting conference held last fall and moderated by Kentucky playwright and poet Constance Alexander.
The plays will be performed by actors using braille scripts in a traditional readers theatre format. In readers theatre, there are no costumes, stage blocking, makeup or special lights. The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind created its braille theatre program in 2012 with William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. But this year, the program follows in the footsteps of another Louisville tradition, the Humana Festival of New American Plays, held annually at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
The four plays are The Dogalog, by Rick Roderick; Milady Hero by Barbara Henning; A Fire’s Definition, by Madelyn Lloyd; and The Message That Wasn’t There, by Dave Trevino. All four writers were part of the cast of John Patrick’s The Curious Savage, the troupe’s production in 2014. The 16 cast members come from Louisville and vicinity and include 8 high school students from the Kentucky School for the Blind.
The Legendary Father Carroll and the Selma March 50 Years Ago
Last spring, APH entered into a partnership with The Carroll Center for the Blind to help preserve the papers of rehabilitation pioneer and Hall-of-Famer Father Thomas J. Carroll (1909-1971). Even during the rush to remove rusted staples and vacuum away mold, the sincere and noble qualities of Thomas Carroll were impossible to ignore. There are countless fascinating documents that help us understand the roots of rehabilitation for blinded veterans, adults, and senior citizens. One in particular, however, helps us understand the depth of Carroll’s empathy and humanity.
First and foremost, Tom Carroll was a Catholic priest, a priest who was vitally interested in the changes that were sweeping though post war America. In early March of 1965, he watched on TV with the rest of America, in horror, as unarmed demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, were gassed and beaten by the Alabama National Guard. When the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. made a national appeal to clergy of all denominations to join him in Selma for a second march on March 9, Carroll answered the call. Tucked into the Carroll Papers is a five-page typescript of a teleconference between Carroll and U.S. prayer groups dated March 13, 1965, where he describes his experiences on the second Selma march.
Carroll’s prose is raw and immediate. It is obvious that his experiences in Selma touched and changed him. But before you follow the link below to read his personal account, a bit of history: The first march, on March 7, was organized locally, in response to the murder on February 18 of civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson by an Alabama state trooper. Met by national guardsmen and sheriff’s deputies as the marchers tried to cross the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, the demonstrators were turned away in a violent melee that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” As Carroll lined up on the morning of March 9, prepared to put his own life on the line for social justice, events behind the scenes were unfolding to prevent a similar disaster, although only King and a few others knew it.
Federal District Court Judge Frank Johnson had issued a restraining order prohibiting the second march. In Johnson, King felt he had a potential ally, and wanted to avoid angering the judge by violating the order. King and the demonstrators confronted the National Guard on the bridge, but retreated after prayer and singing in what became known as “Turnaround Tuesday.” That night, a white minister from Boston named James Reeb was beaten to death in Selma by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Aware of the danger, Carroll had already left the state. In the aftermath, Judge Johnson issued his famous ruling, “The law is clear that the right to petition one’s government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups.” This led to the third and final march, from Selma to Montgomery, March 21-25, 1965. Here is Thomas Carroll’s harrowing account of the events on March 9: .pdf of Carroll’s original typed manuscript; accessible .txt transcript.
As a side note, in researching the story, we found this video of “Turnaround Tuesday” on the website of the National Archives. When the marchers kneel to pray, the tall, gray-haired gentleman in the dark coat and dark glasses who leans on his cane and remains standing is…Father Thomas J. Carroll. He had been hospitalized for more than a year in 1957-58, suffering from phlebitis, and was physically unable to kneel. http://recordsofrights.org/records/371/turnaround-tuesday-video
SMART Brailler Battery Problem Update
SMART Brailler for Sale Again, Now has Properly Functioning Batteries
Battery Charge Issue for Some Previously Sold SMART Braillers
As announced recently, we identified a problem with SMART Brailler batteries not properly retaining a charge in some previously sold units. Units purchased between June 15, 2014 and December 17, 2014 may have been equipped with batteries that do not hold a charge as intended. Smart Braillers shipped by APH after February 20, 2015 are equipped with properly functioning batteries.
Perkins Products is currently sending out free, properly functioning batteries to customers who purchased either a SMART Brailler or Replacement Battery during the dates listed above. We do not have a definite battery replacement shipping schedule, however we anticipate that all affected customers should receive batteries by the middle of April.
Order Fall Textbooks Now!
It’s not too early to order your fall 2015 textbooks!
Braille Textbooks formats available:
- Hard copy braille
- Downloadable braille-ready files (.BRF) from the APH File Repository that are ready to be embossed at your location
Large Print Textbooks formats available:
- Hard copy large print
- Downloadable digital files to be used on computers, iPads, Book Port Plus and other digital players
- Downloadable digital files with image descriptions
Check out all the options by visiting the Accessible Textbook Department or calling 1-800-223-1839. Order your textbooks now for timely delivery for the upcoming school year!
The 2015 InSights Art Deadline Almost Here!
The deadlines for the Twenty-fourth Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition for Artists Who Are Visually Impaired or Blind have been established.
APH invites visually impaired and blind artists of all ages to submit artwork to APH InSights 2015! This art competition and exhibition is exclusively for blind and visually impaired artists and draws entries from across the U.S. and around the world. Last year we received 315 entries from across the U.S.
Again this year, there are two deadlines: Student Preschool through High School must submit a completed entry form along with the original artwork (no digital images) by March 24, 2015; Adults must submit their complete entry package by April 1, 2015. Each artist may submit only one entry.
The competition is open to any person who meets the following definition of blindness: corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye (as measured on a Snellen Chart), or a visual field limited to 20 degrees or less. This includes those who function at the definition of blindness (FDB), listed above, due to brain injury or dysfunction. There is no limit on the subject or the type of materials that can be used, but the artwork must be original in concept and execution and be completed by the artist, with minimal assistance from others.
Entry forms and rules are now available on the APH website.
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APH Travel Calendar
March 1-4, 2015
Association of Test Publishers: Innovations in Testing 2015
March 2-7, 2015
San Diego, CA
March 11-13, 2015
March 13, 2015
SC Archives and History Center
March 18-20, 2015
Virginia AER (VAER) 2016
March 19-20, 2015
North Carolina Conference on Visual Impairment & Blindness
March 18-22, 2015
CTEBVI 56th Annual Conference
March 31, 2015
Tucson CIP Event
April 7, 2015
Perkins Innovation Advisory Group
April 8-11, 2015
San Diego, CA
April 9-11, 2015
2015 AFB Leadership Conference & Arizona AER Annual Conference
April 14-15, 2015
POSB 2015 Math/Science Institute
April 14-15, 2015
April 16-18, 2015
NBA Spring Professional Development Conference 2015
April 16-19, 2015
AOTA 2015-95th Annual Conference & Expo
April 22-24, 2015
Penn-Del AER 2015 Conference
April 23, 2015
Marketing Working Session for TBG Reader
April 24-26, 2015
AER International Board Meeting
May 17-20, 2015
May 27-28, 2015
International Digital Publishing Forum
New York, NY
APH Winter Wonderland Sale
Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Winter Wonderland Sale 2015, January 1—March 31. As always, first come, first served.
Worksite for Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment (FVLMA)
Grand Opening on the Web!
Announcing the opening of the Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment (FVLMA) Worksite! You asked for it and now you have it. It’s free for purchasers of FVLMA and completely interactive!
The same protocols and forms that are in Sanford and Burnett’s printed version of the FVLMA are now online. And there is no need to download, upload, install, or update anything!
The FVLMA Worksite allows the teacher, practitioner, or other member of a student’s educational or vision team, to build a student’s functional vision, and/or learning media assessment. It allows additions to the student’s functional vision report when changes occur. It makes updates to the learning media assessment easy. It helps keep a yearly portfolio of the student’s progress.
Note: In order to use the protocols and record-keeping features of the FVLMA Worksite, it is very important to have a hard copy of the FVLMA Practitioner’s Guidebook. The instructions for conduction of the FVLMA Worksite protocols exist only in the FVLMA Practitioner’s Guidebook.
The FVLMA worksite is password protected to keep student information confidential. Try it out today!
FVLMA Kit: 7-96151-00 — $67.00
APH offers a number of 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 several weeks for delivery.
Empire of Gut and Bone
by M.T. Anderson: T-N1955-30 — $94.50
Brian and Gregory enter the land of New Norumbega, located inside a vast organic body, to recruit allies against Earth’s alien invaders. In the process they are drawn into a robot rebellion and a murder mystery. Sequel to The Suburb beyond the Stars. Grades 3-7. *(AR Quiz No. 144351, BL 4.9 Pts 10.0)
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
by Wes Tooke: T-N1958-00 — $55.00
Twelve-year-old Nick loves baseball, so after a year in the hospital fighting polio and with a brace on one leg, Nick takes a job with the team for which his father is catcher and gets to see the great pitcher, Satchel Paige, play during the 1935 season. Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz No. 149825, BL 5.6 Pts 6.0)
Handy Household Hints from Heloise
by Heloise: T-N1946-50 — $273.50
Syndicated columnist offers tips on cleaning, cooking, entertaining, grooming, coping with emergencies, and other home matters. Provides updates on years-old hints, such as treating ink stains with rubbing alcohol instead of hairspray, and vintage solutions that still work, including using a rubber band to prevent paint drips.
by Jonathan Dee: T-N1955-40 — $116.00
Young, ambitious newlyweds Adam and Cynthia Morey’s privileged lifestyle — later vastly enhanced by Adam’s risky insider trading — molds them and their children over the next two decades. Their son is the only one who chooses a different path — until a scare changes his mind. Some adult content.
The God of Loneliness
by Philip Schultz: T-N1969-50 — $61.00
Fourteen previously unpublished poems round out this collection of more than one hundred others written between 1978 and 2007 by the Pulitzer Prize winner, whose themes are Jewish identity and the American immigrant experience. Subjects include family and city life, failure, and loss.
APH News Credits
Dr. Tuck Tinsley
Malcolm Turner, APH Website Coordinator
Thanks to the following APH staff:
- Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
- Scott Blome, Director, Communications
- Justin Gardner, Special Collections Librarian, Resource Services
- Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Museum
- Kerry Isham, Field Services Representative
- Heather McKenzie, Program Manager, Technical Product Research
- Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, Research
- Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
- Mary Robinson, Assistant, Field Services
- Dawn Wilkins, Preproduction Manager
- Roberta Williams, Special Projects Coordinator, Public Affairs
Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research
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