APH News: March 2019
Your monthly link to the latest information on the products, services, and training opportunities from the American Printing House for the Blind.
Exciting New APH Products Announced!
Read on to learn about these new products – now available!
Introducing Jupiter: Magnify the World!
1-00370-00 — $3200
3.2.1. – Blast off! The Jupiter Portable Magnifier is now available from American Printing House! Jupiter is a sleek, compact device that helps users of all ages who are visually impaired see the world in high definition.
“The camera allowed for high quality images to be captured on the screen in photo view mode, or viewed in real time with little to no motion blur when documents were moved under the camera,” explains educator, Martin Monson who reviewed the Jupiter. “The color representation was also near perfect.”
With the following three camera modes, the Jupiter is super versatile:
- Reading: excellent for reading a book, prescription bottle labels, or completing a homework assignment.
- Distance-view: magnifies up to 150x and is great for viewing a presentation, speaker, instructor, or anything at the front of a classroom or venue.
- Self-view: works just like an HD mirror, and perfect for applying makeup and other grooming activities.
Jupiter is an APH Innovations product – a line of specially chosen, ground-breaking, innovative products from companies large and small around the globe designed to meet the expanding needs of people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired.
Do you want to learn more about Jupiter, or get your own? Visit shop.aph.org.
Jupiter and other APH Innovations products are not available for purchase with quota funds.
NEW! Sunu Band
1-03140-00 — $299
The way we see it, every day is independence day.
Using radar and haptic feedback, Sunu Band is an intelligent travel aid which enables people who are blind and visually impaired to confidently and independently explore the world.
The Sunu Band is a modern and sleek, smart mobility wristband that uses ultrasonic technology to detect and alert you to navigational obstacles up to 14 ft. away.
- Used as a supplement to the white cane, you’ll enjoy improved spatial awareness and the personal freedom of knowing where you are and what’s around you.
- Powerful navigation sensors and haptic feedback inform how near, or far, navigational obstacles are to the user, thus reducing accidents to the body, chest, arms, and head.
- Easy interface with touch panel and gesture recognition control.
- Includes free download of the Sunu App.
- Conveniently tell time, set discreet vibratory alarms, and track physical activity and other fitness metrics.
- Explore unfamiliar places with Sunu Band’s haptic compass, place finder/explorer and GPS navigation.
- Sunu Band’s sleek design features an adjustable, black sports wristband with teal accents.
Sunu Band and other APH Innovations products are not available for purchase with quota funds. Please visit aph.org to order, to learn more, or to find related products.
On March 1st, APH released version 2.0 of the Crossword web application. Now you can solve crossword puzzles on your mobile devices. The placement of numbers and letters in the Crossword grid have also been enhanced so that they do not appear to be part of the answer.
Calling All Field Testers!
Optical Character Recognition Bundle
APH is testing a multiplatform OCR solution bundled with a portable document scanning stand. If you are a TVI and are available to test this bundle with one or more students, we want to hear from you! Testing will require a few hours of commitment between April and May along with the completion of a short survey for each student who tests the product.
Textured Graphic Art Tape
APH is currently seeking field evaluators for the prototype of Textured Graphic Art Tape. Textured Graphic Art Tape provides a large collection of tactile strips/”tape” in a variety of colors for the construction and adaptation of instructional and recreational materials for use by students and adults with visual impairments and blindness. The textured strips can be used by teachers and graphic artists to prepare tactile graphs, diagrams, mazes, flowcharts, etc., that require discriminable linear paths with distinct textures, borders, or line types (e.g., dashed, dotted). Some strips present a continuous line of raised circles, stars, squares, or triangles; the shapes, when cut apart as individual stickers, are useful as tactile point symbols or directional arrows. All of the textured strips are adhesive-backed for convenient application. Students can also use the strips for marking and embellishing their own graphic materials and artwork.
The field test of Textured Graphic Art Tape will be initiated in late March 2019 and extend through the end of May 2019. The number of prototypes is limited. All selected field evaluators will be asked to complete an online Product Evaluation Form and return samples or share photos of some of their, as well as their students’, constructed tactile materials using the provided strips/tape. Ideal field evaluators include those who routinely prepare tactile displays and adapt materials for their students/adults with visual impairments and blindness.
If you would like to be considered as a field evaluator for Textured Graphic Art Tape, please complete the following online survey by March 15, 2019: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TexturedTapeOpens a new window.
Functional Skills Assessment
Don’t forget to check out APH’s Functional Skills Assessment (FSA) – a tool for evaluating daily living skills for students at all levels.
“I loved this! The Functional Skills Assessment was a great way for our teachers to begin thinking of these skills and gave them a guideline to get started. This functional skills product gives much more detail to teachers and also gives a scoring criteria that will help show progress. Great product!”
FSA is divided into four modules that can be customized for use with students who have multiple disabilities, and covers a number of skills. Each module has a corresponding teacher’s guide and set of scoring forms.
Examples of the daily living skills in each assessment include:
- Clothing Management: clothing storage, laundering, sewing
- Food Management: managing cooking tools and equipment, planning menus, preparing food, labeling and storing food
- Home Management: organizing surfaces and materials, managing household chores, understanding home safety practices
- Self Management: grooming, social skills, consumer skills
Recommended ages: Grades K-12.
- Clothing Management – 7-08232-01
- Food Management – 7-08232-02
- Home Management – 7-08232-03
- Self Management – 7-08232-04
- Clothing Management – 7-08233-00
- Food Management – 7-08234-00
- Home Management – 7-08235-00
- Self Management – 7-08236-00
Brief Survey: Reach & Match Learning Kit
APH has offered the Reach & Match Learning Kit and Inclusive Learning Program for 16 months. If you have used this product with students, we would love to hear from you. Please complete a short survey by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRFTV85Opens a new window.
MATT Connect – Logging off of the Books APP
It has been brought to our attention that TVIs are sometimes experiencing difficulty when attempting to log off of the Books App on the MATT Connect. Please follow these steps for removing a BookShare account in the Books app:
- Do not reset to factory settings!
- Exit to Android (five finger press and hold on tablet screen)
- Go to Settings
- Clear Data
- Open the Prodigi app or press the circle button at the bottom center of the screen to open the carousel menu
- Go to Books
- Should be able to log in again with a different BookShare account.
APH Winter Wonderland Sale
Load up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Winter Wonderland Sale 2019, January 1—March 31. As always, first come, first served.
Did you know 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table?
A staple of STEM and featured in all chemistry and most biology textbooks, the periodic table was devised by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. This rectangular chart presented the 63 elements known at the time in a way that organized them according to shared properties and predicted the existence of elements not yet discovered. In the 150 years since its creation, 55 elements have been added and all 118 elements now reside in their proper places on the chart. While Mendeleev’s periodic table is the most well-known presentation of the elements, in the years since its inception, other arrangements of the elements have been devised including spirals, helices, and zigzags. Check out this spiral version of the periodic table and visit the following link for other versions and more information:
https://www.sciencehistory.org/international-year-of-the-periodic-tableOpens a new window.
Treasures from the APH Libraries
From the Migel Library: Catalogue général De La Bibliothèque Braille. Association Valentin Haüy, 1920.
A book as significant as it is fragile, Catalogue Général… is an excellent example of the spirit and mission of the Migel Collection. It was published in 1921 by the Association Valentin Haüy in Paris as a catalog of materials in their braille library. The Association was founded by Maurice de La Sizeranne in 1889 as an educational organization for people who were visually impaired. To this day, The Musée Valentin Haüy maintains a close relationship with the APH Museum and Migel Collection, often collaborating across the Atlantic Ocean on artifact research and collection development. As an artifact itself, Catalogue Général… may possibly be the single most fragile item in the Migel Collection. It was clear that very few physical uses remained in the book before it would begin to fall apart, so it was carefully digitized in the cradle of a Table Top Scribe for Internet Archive. Now, that final physical use of the book has become 1,723 free digital views all over the world. After digitization, the book was deacidified to prevent further deterioration, and encapsulated in an archival phase box for best preservation practices. But it’s brittle, darkened, and cracking pages can now be viewed at Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/cataloguegeneral00unse/page/n1Opens a new window.
From the Barr Library: Gugerty, J., Roshal, A., Tradewell, M., Anthony, L. (1981) Tools, equipment, and machinery: Adapted for the vocational education and employment of handicapped people. Madison: University of Wisconsin
One of the lesser-known assets of the Barr Library is its large holding of historical educational research held in the pamphlet files. These works range from government and institutional funded projects, dissertations, newsletters, individual contributions, to internal research done by APH staff members. It is always interesting taking a dive into the collection to glimpse a view of the B/VI field from the past.
One such title is Tools, Equipment, and Machinery, produced in 1981 with the intent of assisting in the vocational education and employment of individuals who are handicapped. Tools, Equipment, and Machinery is essentially a catalog containing descriptions and illustrations of modified tools, equipment, and machinery for use in 38 areas from across the United States. Some of the listed areas are the arts, communication, computer processing, electronics, education, machine trades, measuring, mobility, reading, sewing, and typing to name a few. The items range from workplace and daily living solutions to verging technologies. Over 100 items listed are related to the field of visual impairment and several are APH products. Each entry is pictured along with providing information on how it works, its developer, place of use, field-testing regulatory approval, availability, source, price, and role in overcoming specific problems.
It is not only interesting viewing APH products from the past, some of which like the signature guide are still with us today, but also how the emerging personal computer and technologies we associate with the modern information age were first being incorporated to promote independence. These include devices for text-to-speech, speech command, braille designed telnet devices, a precursor to the internet that accessed bulletin board system to obtain information, and APH’s own Soniguide, a sound device designed for tracking and localizing for independent or cane travel among other things. The title is also an excellent representative of Resource Service’s digitalization efforts with Internet Archive (https://archive.org/Opens a new window), which seeks to both preserve and make titles from our collections widely available beyond APH.
The APH Barr Library supports research initiatives at APH, while the Migel Collection is one of the largest collections of nonmedical information related to visual impairment in the world. Although the collections do not circulate, an ongoing digitization effort means APH will make materials available online at https://archive.org/details/aphmigelOpens a new window. The digitized texts are available in a variety of accessible formats, including DAISY, Kindle, EPUB, PDF, and read-aloud. Contact Library staff: email@example.com , 800-223-1839, ext. 705.
2019 Hall of Fame Nominations Reminder
Nominations are being accepted through April 30, 2019 for the Hall of Fame!
Who should be the next inductees in to the Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field?
If you are interested in learning more about the easy, electronic process for submitting a nominee to join the 62 current inductees, please visit: www.aph.org/hall_fame/nominate.html
What are the criteria?
- Persons who have made significant contributions to improve the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired in such areas as professional practice, research, writing, leadership, direct service, and/or in their professional organizations.
What is Required to Nominate Someone?
- Nominators must submit a comprehensive nomination packet including a thoroughly completed nomination form and three letters of support.
Who is Eligible?
- Persons are eligible five years after departure/retirement from positions where their significant lifetime body of work was made.
- Individuals from North America are eligible for nomination. (North America is defined as US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean).
Visit the Hall Of Fame website and learn more about the Hall and those honored there, including 2018 inductees: Susan Jay Spungin and Frank H. Hall. To be inspired by their achievements, please visit their Hall biography pages.
The Voluntary Hall of Fame Governing Board
Frances Mary D’Andrea
Rosanne Silberman, Chair
Greg Goodrich, Past Chair
Janie Blome, Ex Officio Member
Bob Brasher, Ex Officio Member
APH Braille Book Corner program is under review and will be on hold until further notice.
APH Travel Center
APH representatives will be at the following conferences this month:
March 6-8, Barren River Lake Resort State Park (Lucas, KY)
March 11-15 (Anaheim, CA)
Pacific NW AER
March 21-23 – Ellensburg, WA
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APH News Credits
Dr. Craig Meador
Leslie Farr Knox, Director of Marketing and Communications
Malcolm Turner, APH Website Coordinator
Thanks to the following APH staff:
- MaryGen Boley, Product Marketing Manager
- Justin Gardner, Special Collections Librarian
- Rosanne Hoffmann, STEM Project Leader
- Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Museum
- Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer
- Karen Poppe, Tactile Literacy Project Leader
- Jeffrey Witt, Special Collections and Metadata Librarian
For additional recent APH News, click the following:
- February Issue
- January Issue
- December Issue
- Archive of all previous issues – www.aph.org/news/archive/
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