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APH News: November 2002

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Record Attendance for 134th Annual Meeting, "Sharing the Memory, Shaping the Dream."

Nine Living Legends--(left to right) Ruth Kaarlela, Samuel Ashcroft, Natalie Barraga, Cleo Dolan, Eleanor Faye, Louis Vieceli, Alice Raftary, Stanley Suterko, and Donald Wedewer-- pose with their Hall of Fame Plaques. Click on this picture to see more pictures from the event.

420 attendees came together in Louisville, October 10 through 13, for a rousing annual event. In addition to the crucial support and guidance given for APH products and services, a number of unique events set this Annual Meeting apart from others. On Thursday evening Dr. Tuck Tinsley, APH President, set the perfect tone for Dr. Phil Hatlen (APH Ex Officio Trustee, TX) to lead us in honoring the 10 living legends of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. The audience sat spellbound as one legendary figure after another came to the podium to share amazing accomplishments achieved on their journeys.

Award winner Ashley Reid poses in front of her artwork with Tuck Tinsley

On Friday evening over 350 participants enjoyed the art and winning artists of the APH InSights Art Competition. Additionally, a Hollywood-style premiere of the new APH youth-focused low vision video, Teen Scene: Portraits of Success, received a rousing audience ovation.

Saturday was capped by another unique experience as 50 years of the Department of Research were celebrated with special presentations by former department directors Dr. Samuel Ashcroft, Dr. Carson Nolan, June Morris, Debbie Willis, and current director Rob Wise.

An Information Fair (poster presentation), focus group general session, field input concurrent sessions, and an important general session with updates from the field rounded out the three-day event.

Please mark your calendar now for next year’s event to take place October 15-19, 2003 at the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Thank You Ex Officio Trustees!

Thanks to the 65 of you who were able to join us at the Annual Meeting. Your participation in this event is crucial to APH and we are always grateful for your presence and your counsel. Thanks also for helping to make this APH’s most successful year in terms of product sales. We hope that your spending provides many positive opportunities for the students you serve. Why not start now by beginning to forecast and order materials to meet student needs for the coming year?

APH Business Manager, Tony Grantz, put it this way: 2002 Fiscal was a BANNER YEAR with Trustees having more money to spend than at any time in our history and then using 98% of those allocated funds. APH recorded the biggest sales year in history. Orders flooded APH during September with Federal Quota customers spending their balances. The order volume was nearly triple that of a regular sales month, so many last minute orders did not get shipped until October. Forty-one new products were introduced during the year with many more coming in the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Let’s congratulate each other on these superior results. By working together we can accomplish so much.

Attention APH Trustees!

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Acting on Your Input:
Implementation of the 2001 Trustee Advisory Committee Recommendations

Mary Nelle McLennan

The input of our Ex Officio Trustees is critical to the work of APH. One of the most essential roles of each Trustee is serving as a conduit of information regarding APH products and services – a conduit in both directions between APH and the professionals and educational systems providing direct service to students and clients. While individual Trustees carry the responsibility of voicing the needs and priorities of the students they serve, the Trustee Advisory Committees are the corporate voice for the body of Trustees. Their committee recommendations greatly impact APH’s direction.

At the Friday morning session of Annual Meeting, Mary Nelle McLennan, Executive Advisor to the President, presented "Acting on Your Input," an overview of APH’s implementations of the 2001 committees’ combined recommendations that have been instrumental in APH’s progress in 2002. You can view Mary Nelle’s remarks by clicking here:

APH to Host Conference: Past and Present: Pathways to Empowerment

Conference program cover, featuring the Hall of Fame plaques of Alice Raftary and Ruth Kaarlela

On November 14, 15, and 16, APH will host the joint conference of the Mid-America Conference of Rehabilitation Teachers and the Association of Southeastern Rehabilitation Teachers. Conference attendees will celebrate rehabilitation teaching history and explore new pathways to enhance the independence and empowerment of persons who are blind or visually impaired. The conference program features photos of plaques honoring the induction of rehabilitation teacher living legends Alice Raftary and Ruth Kaarlela into the Hall of Fame.

Alice Raftary, an active MACRT member, will present the awards luncheon address, "Rehabilitation Teaching: The Joyful Profession." Other conference presentations will include: "Future Directions in Rehabilitation Teaching," by Lisa-Anne Mowerson, Pittsburgh Vision Services; "Self-Advocacy: The Cornerstone to Independence: Teaching Strategies and Materials," by Priscilla Rogers, American Foundation for the Blind; "Using Raised Markers: Helping Seniors Regain Control of Their World," by Don Golembiewski, Hadley School for the Blind. APH staff presenters– Terrie Terlau, Larry Skutchan, Maria Delgado, Elaine Kitchel, Eleanor Pester, Karen Poppe, and Fred Otto– will give presentations on adult products, technology, using the Louis Database, low vision products, and developing pre-braille tactile skills in adults.

Interested persons can still register for the conference. Come celebrate and learn with us by pointing your browser to

Textbook Titles Needed for ATIC Large Print Pilot


As announced at Annual Meeting, beginning in January of 2003, ATIC will conduct a 10-title large print textbook pilot project.

These textbooks will be produced using the new ATIC process, creating large print textbooks in standard textbook size, with a variety of fonts and font sizes, and full COLOR! To get started we need your help.

The requirements for the textbook titles, which must be submitted by January 1, 2003, are as follows:

If you can, please send one copy of the textbook with your request. If you cannot send the book, please don’t hesitate to send us the title, ISBN, publisher’s name, copyright date, and we will get a copy of the book. If you have any questions please contact Jane Thompson at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 800-223-1839 ext. 370.

Traveling Callahan Museum Exhibits Available

Display kiosk of the traveling exhibit

IN TOUCH WITH KNOWLEDGE: The Educational History of Blind People has four components:

The components may be scheduled separately or in any combination. The exhibit uses original artifacts, reproductions, graphics, tactile exhibits, and hands-on activities. A marketing packet and educational materials for teachers and students are included. The complete exhibit, with its four components, provides a colorful and tactile overview of the educational history of blind people. Braille labels and audio text and descriptions provide accessibility.

Organizations may rent the exhibit for six weeks for the special introductory rate of $500 for one component, $750 for two, $1,000 for three, and $1,250 for four components. The renter also pays incoming transportation. For available rental periods and additional information please contact Carol Tobe, Director, Callahan Museum, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

ISAVE Training Scheduled for Kentucky Teachers


Sandi Baker and Janie Humphries will provide training on APH’s Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency (ISAVE) to Kentucky teachers of the visually impaired at the annual Kentucky Dept of Education/Council for Exceptional Children conference. This conference is held each year at the Galt House in Louisville, during the week of Thanksgiving. Sandi and Janie will provide teachers with an overview of ISAVE, as well as in-depth discussion of some key components and their protocols.

Reach for the Stars with the NIP!

NIP Logo

Another exciting opportunity to host a National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) event is now available for your education and edification! Jennifer Grisham-Brown, University of Kentucky, and Diane Haynes, Kentucky Deafblind Project, authors of the APH product Reach for the Stars, are now available for a NIP event on transition and futures planning for young children and children with multiple disabilities. Learn how to develop "maps" as a form of functional assessment and use those maps to prioritize skills and plan specifically designed instruction for young children as they transition to preschool and kindergarten.

APH is looking for Trustees willing to partner with us to bring this exciting event to life. APH will pay travel expenses for speakers, as well as their consultant fees. We ask our "partners" to provide meeting space, either at their agency, a local hotel, or some other local venue. Partners work with us on hotel accommodations, assist with transportation for attendees from the hotel to the meeting site, provide some meals, help with on-site registration, assist in getting information out, etc. Responsibilities vary from event to event, according to the resources available to the partnering agency or organization.

The National Instructional Partnerships events are typically not held in conjunction with other workshops and conferences, but provide the time and opportunity for in-depth training and instruction in certain curriculum areas and the use of APH products to teach skills and abilities in those areas. If you are interested in partnering with APH to host this or any other NIP event, please contact Janie Humphries at 800/223-1839, ext. 367, or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

National Book Festival

Becky Snider teaches a "beginner" how to write her name in braille
Gary Mudd spent the day at the National Book Festival surrounded by children eager to learn about braille.

APH was honored to participate in the National Book Festival held on October 12 in Washington, D.C. The event, held on the West Lawn of the Capitol, was hosted by First Lady Laura Bush and the Library of Congress. This is the second year for the National Book Festival – organizers hope it will become an annual event.

APH was among about 300 participating organizations. Gary Mudd, Becky Snider, and Nancy Lacewell, with the APH Public Affairs Department, greeted guests at the APH exhibit and gave them materials on braille and other products and services available to the blind and visually impaired. The event was free and open to the public, and there were many families and teachers who were introduced to braille for the first time. There was a continuous stream of people lined up to use the Perkins Brailler, and it was most rewarding to see how excited the visitors were when they "cracked the code" and wrote their names in braille for the very first time!

Prison Braille Forum

Inmates in the braille program at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pewee Valley addressed visitors from across the country at the APH Prison Braille Forum in October.

The Public Affairs Department hosted a Prison Braille Forum on October 9, in conjunction with the 2002 Annual Meeting. About twenty guests from across the country – professionals who work with prison braille programs – spent the day visiting a local prison program and discussing issues of common concern.

APH conducted a survey on prison braille programs in the spring of 2002, and a report on the findings is being prepared. There are currently about 30 braille production programs in correctional facilities across the country. They are housed in county, state, and federal prisons, and the majority of facilities house male inmates. In the 17 institutions that completed the survey, there are currently 140 literary certified transcribers, and 21 Nemeth certified.

APH is working to establish a braille program in a state prison for women near Louisville, and is gathering information from other programs across the country to determine ways in which we can promote and support these braille production facilities. If you are working with a program and have not yet "hooked in" to the network, or if you simply want more information, contact Nancy Lacewell at ext. 339, or via email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Product News

Newly Revised! Preschool Activities Calendar

Cover of the Preschool Activities Calendar

This idea-filled calendar suggests a fun preschool activity for each day of the year. This extensively redesigned and expanded version has two days’ activities in large print and braille on each page. Activities are drawn from everyday occurrences and make use of easily accessible, low cost materials.

The calendar is designed so the user may begin at any point and comes in a three-ring binder with color dividers between each month. This calendar does not track any specific year, but can be used year after year.

1-08121-00 — $56.00

JaJo Pocket Calendar 2003

2003 JaJo Calendar

This clever pocket calendar allows a braille user to track the dates for an entire year on a card measuring 2×3 1/2 inches (business card size).

1-18990-03 — $2.00

Customer Notice:
Gore Reading Stand Discontinued

Due to low sales, the Gore Reading Stand (1-03120-00), that clamped to the edge of a table, is no longer available. APH offers several other reading stands that we hope will meet your needs, including the GrandStand Portable Reading Easel, the Desk Top Reading Stand, and the Shafer Reading Stand.

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