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!
- MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier
- Compact+ Hand-Held Electronic Magnifier
- MathBuilders, Unit 6: Geometry
- SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine, Issue 5
- REVISED! Listening Post III
- APH Braille Book Corner
APH to Host Traveling Museum Exhibit in Our Nation’s Capitol
As a very special sesquicentennial event, APH has the great honor of hosting our traveling museum exhibit, In Touch with Knowledge: The Educational History of Blind People, in Washington, D.C. during the week of June 16. All four components of the exhibit; Hands-on Science, Hands-on Math, Hands-on Geography, and Hands-on Reading and Writing, will be on display June 17, 18, and 19, from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., in the rotunda of the Senate Russell Office Building at 1st and C Streets, NE.
This display will offer a rare opportunity for members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, and Washington visitors to experience the unique ways in which people who are blind and visually impaired learn the use of specialized educational materials. The exhibit explores the fascinating history of inventions and adaptations that have transformed visual information into tactile forms, giving those with vision loss quality educational opportunities and greater independence.
If you are going to be in Washington in mid-June, please make plans to stop by this educational exhibit. APH staff will be pleased to guide your tour.
This exhibit is made possible through the support and guidance of Senator Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s senior senator, and the professional staff in his Washington, D.C. office. APH is extremely grateful for Senator McConnell’s leadership and for his continuing support for educational opportunities for students across the U.S. who are blind and visually impaired.
APH Narrator Makes Fan’s 16th Birthday Special
Creed Leffler, of Charlottesville, Virginia, is a big fan of Talking Books and APH narrator Jack Fox. A few weeks ago, Creed’s mother contacted APH, through the National Library Service (NLS), to ask if Jack might call Creed to help celebrate his 16th birthday. On the evening of April 24, Jack did just that! The two spoke for several minutes and we hear that Creed was surprised and excited by the call.
WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke and WCHV-AM Radio in Charlottesville, both covered the occasion. The stations interviewed Creed and Jack, separately, and then produced stories that aired the next day.
Jack has been an APH Narrator since 1978, and won the Scourby Award for non-fiction in 1997. www.aph.org/studio/narrators/fox_jack.html
Visit Our New Museum Website for Learning and Fun!
The website of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind has a brand new look and functions. The site was redesigned with help from Malcolm Turner, APH Webmaster, and the Louisville design firm Bisig Impact Group.
"Our new site is easier to navigate," explained Museum Director Mike Hudson, "and we wanted to add a virtual exhibit feature recommended by our Trustee Educational Services Advisory Committee."
The new site has plenty of space for new content, including better information on finding the museum, more information on upcoming programs, and a search feature that allows users to browse the museum collection. But according to Hudson, the site is a work in progress.
"We still have some exciting updates to do on the education sections," he said. "And we would like to hear from our audience about accessibility. If you think we can make it better, we would love to hear from you."
Major Exhibit to Open at APH Museum
The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind announces the opening of its first new major exhibit in fourteen years. History in the Making: APH Past to Present is a celebration of 150 years of innovation and ingenuity. The exhibit explores how a small company operating in a school basement grew into the largest supplier of educational and daily living aids for blind and visually impaired people in the world. The exhibit provides an exciting new doorway into the company’s museum, with panels that introduce tactile writing from the ancient world. And it continues the Printing House emphasis on accessibility, with many artifacts that can be touched, and labels in large print, braille, and recorded formats. Games, videos, and a jukebox unit that introduces the company’s award winning narrators encourage visitors to take a closer look at this Louisville landmark’s important contributions to history. The exhibit was funded by APH and the City of Louisville.
Photo: Installer Steve Forrester from Nashville works on the museum’s new entry portal.
BANA Announces Topics for Open Forum at Spring Meeting
The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) has announced the topics for discussion at its Open Forum, which will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 4:00 till 5:30 PM in the Lineberry Hall Auditorium on the campus of the Governor Morehead School. The Open Forum provides opportunity for participants to learn more about the workings of BANA and to provide feedback to the Board. The dialogue of the spring Forum will center on formats for braille menus and on typeface indicators such as italics, bold face, underline, and capitalization. BANA Board members want to hear participants’ views about the issues involved with these indicators. The last section of the Forum will be designed to gather feedback about BANA rules.
APH Goes to Boston for CEC
Keynote speaker Henry Winkler (aka "The Fonz") motivated and entertained Council for Exceptional Children conference-goers at the opening session of the annual conference in Boston on April 2, as he recalled childhood memories of his personal challenges due to learning disabilities. Preconference workshops, program sessions, poster sessions, and vendor exhibits provided a full schedule for the record-breaking crowd of attendees.
The field of visual impairments was pleased to see Dr. Sheila Amato, teacher of students who are blind/visually impaired, awarded the Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award. The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a CEC member who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities. The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year is an outstanding member of the profession whose work exemplifies success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality. Our congratulations go out to Sheila for an outstanding accomplishment!
Photo: Diane Pevsner and Mary Jean Sanspree, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, review a new product with APH’s Cindy Amback at the exhibit booth.
Making It Count in California
More than 50 teachers of students with visual impairments, mathematics teachers, test coordinators and others gathered recently at the California School for the Blind to attend a two day National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event focused on teaching math skills to students with visual impairments. The event, held April 25 – 26, featured Susan Osterhaus from the Texas School for the Blind who highlighted the use of APH products in teaching math skills and concepts to students of various ages and skill levels.
Ex Officio Trustee Stuart Wittenstein, APH’s partner in hosting the event, welcomed the group to the information packed event. A wide variety of low tech and high tech products were presented during the workshop, with an opportunity for attendees to have hands-on experience with some of the products.
Getting Good Advice
The two standing APH Advisory Committees made up of Ex Officio Trustees, the Educational Products Advisory Committee (EPAC) and the Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC), will meet in Louisville May 18 -22. Following the success of last year’s format, both committees will again be on-site at the same time to provide guidance to the company. Each committee will meet with designated APH staff members to discuss product development, processes, and services as they relate to APH products.
A "NEW" Employee in Technical Research
Darlene Donhoff has assumed the duties of Manufacturing Specialist in the Technical Research Division. Darlene has 28 years of service to APH and has been a valuable team member in Technical Research for nearly 20 years, being one of the original 4 "charter members" that made up the department when it was formed in January 1989. Congratulations Darlene.
- Have you worked with students with visual impairments who have taken advanced mathematics classes (algebra I and higher)in the past five years (2003-2008) whose primary medium is visual?
- Have you worked with students with visual impairments who have taken advanced mathematics classes (algebra I and higher) in the past five years (2003-2008) whose primary medium is tactual?
Name: (optional – without your name, information will be mailed to the attention of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired)
This information will only be used for the purpose of this study and kept in confidence. You will not receive any products or emails concerning products. Thank you for your prompt responses.
APH Receives Generous PNC Foundation Assistance
APH Vice President of Development Don Keefe recently accepted a $20,000 check from the PNC Foundation to support APH 150th Anniversary celebration projects. Pictured are: (left to right) Paul Zurkuhlen (APH), Richard Carnes (PNC), Don Keefe (APH), Terry Strange (PNC), and Dave Keller (PNC)
APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustee
Cynthia M. Johnson, Ohio State School for the Blind, replacing Louis A. Mazzoli.
APH Travel Calendar
May 5, 2008
West Ed Bias Review Committee Meeting;
May 5-7, 2008
VAVF 33rd Annual Florida Conference of Volunteers Serving the Visually Impaired;
May 7-9, 2008
Dakota AER/Vision Conference;
Grand Forks, ND
May 18-22, 2008
APH in Louisville, KY
May 30, 2008
INSIGHT Exhibitor Showcase;
Morehead State University, KY
June 13-15, 2008
Montana Family Learning Weekend;
Location unknown at this time
June 15-18, 2008
Washington DC 150th Celebration Event;
Washington , DC
June 16-18, 2008
Texas Focus Conference;
June 17-19, 2008
APH 150th Anniversary Exhibit;
June 26-28, 2008
National Braille Challenge;
Los Angeles, CA
June 29-July 5, 2008
NFB National Convention;
July 4-12, 2008
ACB 2008 National Convention (BITS) Luncheon;
July 10-13, 2008
NOAH 2008(National Organization for Albanism & Hypopigmentation Conference);
Las Vegas, NV
July 22-27, 2008
2008 AER-International Conference;
August 8-10, 2008
August 11-16, 2008
63rd BVA National Convention;
September 4-6, 2008
San Antonio, TX
September 27, 2008
Indiana Vision Expo;
Paralympic Athlete Says Carrying Flame One of Proudest Moments
OAKLAND – Despite scores of angry protesters, intense security and the cancellation of the closing ceremony, carrying the Olympic torch Wednesday in San Francisco was one of the proudest moments in Jessica Lorenz’s life.
"I kept thinking, ‘No one is going to take this torch from me,’" said Lorenz, 29, of Berkeley, one of a few Paralympic athletes to carry the flame in North America.
"I held on so tight and I am so proud," said Lorenz, a blind member of the U.S. women’s goalball team, which won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The team will compete in August in Beijing.
"Silver was great. But quite frankly I would like to come back with a medal of a different color," Lorenz said. "That color would be gold."
The Olympic flame symbolizes freedom and friends – a tradition that has been passed on through many Olympic games, she said.
"We proved the Olympic flame and spirit can be alive and people can express their freedom of speech."
Lorenz said Mayor Gavin Newsom stressed from the beginning that the city would have an "evolving game plan" to deal with the anticipated protests again China’s policies in Tibet.
San Francisco is the only North American leg of the relay that touches down around the world.
Lorenz said the goal in San Francisco was to have a successful relay, keep the flame lit and make sure no one was hurt.
Lorenz said her only disappointment was her family and fiance couldn’t see her running with the torch along Van Ness Avenue, near California Street. The athlete declined to give her opinion about Tibet, but added that she was honored to be a U.S. citizen because activists’ ability to protest was not suppressed.
"It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had," she said.
In Memoriam: Stan Suterko
Stanley Suterko (known to many as Dave) passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Stan graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Education and earned a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University (WMU). He served as a LTJG in the US Navy during WWII on a sub-chaser in the Pacific Region. In 1948 he began his career at Hines V.A. Hospital, Hines, IL where he helped establish the first Orientation and Mobility program for blinded veterans. He joined WMU in 1961 to aid in the establishment of the Blind Rehabilitation Department. His distinguished career included teaching in England, Poland, Australia, France, and across the United States. He received the highest honors of his profession culminating with his induction into The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2002. Stan was often referred to as "St. Peter of Mobility". He retired from WMU in 1984 as Professor Emeritus.
A New Way into Fred’s Head Companion Blog
APH’s Fred’s Head Database and Companion blog contain tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people.
Currently the Fred’s Head Companion blog is set up on blogspot.com. Because many school systems restrict the use of blogs, you or your students may have experienced difficulty reaching the Companion. To help you, we’ve added a new web address for the Fred’s Head Companion: www.fredshead.info
If you have the original address (www.fredsheadcompanion.blogspot.com) in your bookmarks, don’t worry, it will continue to work. We hope that by providing both addresses, we will insure people can find Fred’s Head and gain better understanding of blindness through its pages.
NEW! Free Downloadable APH Product Manuals
We are pleased to offer a new service: selected APH products now have manuals available for immediate, free-of-charge download. Examples of downloadable manuals include Crafty Graphics, Let’s See, and Basic Tactile Anatomy Atlas.
A new APH Products Catalog will be available in May. Look for the yellow & black book icon to find the manuals available for download. APH will add new manuals to the download page on an ongoing basis. We will announce additions in the News.
You are free to print or emboss these manuals as needed. APH will continue to package hard copies of these manuals with their products. We will also continue to sell hard copy manuals as replacement items. If, however, the manual is posted as a free download, we will not carry inventory on the shelf for immediate delivery. If you order one of these manuals separately, delivery time will be 4-6 weeks for large print and 8-10 weeks for braille orders.
NEW! MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier
The new MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier from EITAC Solutions Group is offered exclusively by the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. This video magnifier is the first of its kind to offer access to printed materials and multimedia. With up to 60X magnification, you are able to display an enlarged view of whatever is placed on the video magnifier’s work surface. A large 19" LCD panel provides a clear and easily viewed image for your reading and writing. MaximEyes Video Magnifier has a unique interface that uses a familiar five-button computer mouse. You can manipulate the camera in any direction, zoom in or out, or control any of the wide variety of features using the mouse.
In addition, the MaximEyes Video Magnifier offers an amazing new technology designed to improve writing productivity. The PenTracker™ is a small clip-on device that is tracked by the camera as you move your pen. This means that what is being written stays in the view of the camera automatically; PenTracker can also control the magnification as it moves about the work surface.
With an optional Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera, not available from APH, you can see information being presented in the distance, such as a lecturer. Three inputs allow connection of other media sources, such as a VCR, DVD player, or compatible computers. Switch between all of your video sources with the click of a mouse. Furthermore, with its picture-in-picture capability, you can view two sources at one time.
- PenTracker for improved writing capability
- Access to remote audio-video presentations through the provided inputs
- Mouse control of the camera movement, magnification, and more
- 19" LCD screen
- Up to three additional video and one audio input
- Five-button mouse
- Unique PenTracker technology, includes two corded PenTrackers
- Base of unit measures 18" W x 20" D – requires less space than other CCTVs that require a moveable X-Y Table
- Can utilize an optional Sony® EVI-D70 Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera
- One year limited warranty (optional extended warranty available)
MaximEyes Video Magnifier Unit: 1-03915-00 — $3,495.00
Optional Extended Warranty (extends the included one-year warranty for an additional year, giving you two years total. Must be ordered within 60 days of the date your product was shipped): 1-03918-00 — $200.00
Replacement PenTracker™, Corded: 1-03917-00 — $40.00
Freight and Insurance Delivery: $74.00
UPS shipping fee added to all orders within the contiguous U.S. All other shipments will include actual shipping rates based on the point of destination.
NOTE: MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier, extended warranty, replacement PenTracker™, and freight & insurance delivery ARE available for purchase with Quota funds.
MaximEyes™ and PenTracker™ are trademarked products of EITAC Solutions Group, LLC in West Lafayette, Indiana.
NEW! Compact+ Hand-Held Electronic Magnifier
Blue Model: 1-07570-00 — $795.00
Note: shipping charge added – please call for more information.
Not available with Quota funds.
This ultra-bright widescreen electronic magnifier enlarges up to 10X and fits in your pocket or purse. Snapshot function holds one image of an area being magnified so that image can be brought closer to the eye.
- Three zoom levels: 5X, 7.5X, and 10X
- Five viewing modes: true color, black-and-white, blue-and-yellow, black-and-yellow, and reverse
- Camera positioned directly behind screen for ease of image alignment
- Snapshot feature
- 4.3-inch LCD widescreen
- Retractable hand-grip
- Rechargeable battery, up to 3 hours of continuous use
- Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.9 x 1.2 inches, Weight: 10.6 oz.
- AC Adapter
- Leather carrying case
- One year limited warranty
NEW! MathBuilders, Unit 6: Geometry
Large Print Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in large print): 7-03563-00 — $288.50
Braille Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in braille): 5-03563-00 — $288.50
General Guidelines, Braille: 5-03560-03 — $24.00
General Guidelines, Large Print: 7-03560-03 — $24.00
Teacher’s Guide, Large Print: 7-03563-01 — $59.00
Teacher’s Guide, Braille: 5-03563-01 — $59.00
Consumables Pack, Braille: 5-03563-02 — $16.00
MathBuilders is a supplementary math program separated into eight units by content standards and grade level. This allows the teacher to focus on specific standards or provide remedial material for individual students.
Unit 6 includes:
- Teacher’s guide with lesson plans for grades K-3
- CD-ROM with General Guidelines for Teaching Math to Young Braille Users
- 34 student worksheets for additional practice
- Manipulative parts:
- Felt board
- Textured shapes with hook/loop material backing
- 9 geometric shapes – hexagon, pentagon, octagon, equilateral triangle,
isosceles triangle, right triangle, square, rectangle, and circle
- 3-D shapes – sphere, cone, hemisphere, cylinder, cube, pyramid, and prisms
- Geometro – kit for building simple 3-D shapes
- Nemeth Code Reference Sheet
The remaining units will be announced individually as they are produced and available for sale.
Note: The General Guidelines is included on the CD with every unit. It is not included in large print or braille in the kits, but can be purchased separately in large print and braille editions. A good resource for teachers who need information about teaching math to students with visual impairments and a great resource to share with the regular classroom teacher.
WARNING: Choking Hazard-Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.
NEW! SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine, Issue 5
1-08862-05 — $72.00
The newest issue of SQUID is now available! SQUID is deceptively fun–while your child or student enjoys solving a variety of activities in each SQUID issue, he or she will build and acquire skills that will enable him or her to become a more proficient tactile reader.
SQUID, Issue 5 includes activities such as:
- Alligator Alley
- Eggs-stra Fun
- Favorite Season
- Mouse Trap
- Popcorn Pick Up
- Rainbow Coloring Page
- Yummy Ice Cream
Recommended Ages: 5 years and older
Look forward to future announcements of SQUID issues in the APH News!
REVISED! Listening Post III
1-00941-01 — $85.00
This revised audio splitter box allows you to connect up to four pairs of headphones to one sound source. New selector switch allows you to use either mono or stereo headphones, eliminating the need for stereo to mono adaptor plugs. Four 3.5 mm jacks with volume controls are mounted in a rugged case. Includes two 3-foot cords with 3.5 mm plugs.
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 approximately 8 weeks for delivery.
Night of the New Magicians: Magic Tree House, Book #35
Mary Pope Osborne, Braille: T-N1658-50 — $20.50
Merlin sends Jack and Annie to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France. Their mission is to find four new magicians in the crowds at the Eiffel Tower and protect them from an evil sorcerer. Juvenile Fiction. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #105864, BL 4.0, Pts. 2)
Caddy Ever After
Hilary McKay, Braille: T-N1674-60 — $36.00
Casson siblings Rose, Indigo, Saffy, and Caddy present individual accounts of events leading up to Caddy’s wedding, including a helium balloon stalking and a Ghost Club accident. Rose, upset that the groom is not darling Michael, intervenes. Sequel to Permanent Rose. Juvenile Fiction. Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #107066, BL 5.2, Pts. 5)
Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies)
Justina Chen Headley, Braille: T-N1674-20 — $62.00
Fifteen-year-old Patty Ho, half-Taiwanese and half-white, feels like she never fits in. However, when her strict mother sends her to summer math camp at Stanford, Patty begins to accept her biracial heritage and has her first brush with romance. Fiction. Senior High.
*(AR Quiz #105939, BL 6.1, Pts. 10)
The Widow’s War
Sally Gunning, Braille: T-N1668-40 — $73.50
Cape Cod, 1761. After her husband is lost at sea, Lyddie Berry finds herself a dependent of her miserly son-in-law Nathan Clarke. Inspired by the words of attorney and woman’s suffrage supporter James Otis, Lyddie challenges the terms of the will–and society–and attempts to live on her own. Fiction. Adult.
To Catch an Angel: Adventures in the World I Cannot See
Robert Russell, Braille: T-N1673-80 — $69.50
The life and achievements of the author, who was blinded at the age of five. Refusing to acknowledge any essential difference between himself and sighted people, he succeeded in obtaining a Ph.D., went to Oxford to study, married an English girl, and became a college teacher. Biography. Adult.
*Accelerated Reader number, reading level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January 2006 APH News or www.renlearn.com/ar/
APH News Credits
Dr. Tuck Tinsley
Malcolm Turner, APH Website 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
- Jack Decker, Vice President, Production
- Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field Services
- Frank Hayden, Technical Research Manager, Research
- Mike Hudson, Director, APH Museum
- Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer, Communications
- Mary Nelle McLennan, Executive Advisor to the President and BANA Board Member Representing APH
- Gwynn Stewart, Support Specialist, Communications
- Tuck Tinsley, President
- Roberta Williams, Special Projects Manager, Public Affairs
- Paul Zurkuhlen, Director of Planned Giving, Development
Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research
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