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November 2004

136th Annual Meeting Successfully Opens Doors!

The 136th annual meeting of the American Printing House for the Blind took place October 14 – 16, 2004 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.

An enthusiastic crowd of almost 400 attendees welcomed keynote speaker Dr. Sally Mangold and participated in sessions featuring APH staff members and leaders from the field. Product training sessions introduced attendees to new products in technology, tactile graphics, multiple disabilities, and orientation and mobility. Another session highlighted the new APH CVI web site, and yet another, the textbook ordering process through ATIC and Resource Services. A lively Information Fair offered poster sessions featuring APH products and services from staff in Educational Research, Field Services, ATIC, Production, and other departments. Utah’s Lee Robinson was the winner of a $250 APH Gift Certificate for his participation in the fair.

2004 Wings of Freedom Award winners: Dr. Dean and Naomi Tuttle

The InSights Art and Awards banquet honored our award winning artists and the two 2004 Wings of Freedom Award winners, Dr. Dean and Naomi Tuttle.

Mark your calendars now for next year’s exciting event, which will be held October 13 – 15, 2005, at the new Downtown Marriott in Louisville!

Photo of the Tuttles was taken by Kay Ferrell.

NIP Needs You!

The National Instructional Partnerships are designed to promote the use of APH products through training in the use of those products across specific curriculum areas. Past events have included APH products used to facilitate development of student’s skills in math, cortical visual impairment, self-esteem, non-verbal communication, and others.

We are now looking to expand the areas covered by these events, and we need your help! We want to contract with experts in the field who are using APH products across the areas of the core curriculum and expanded core curriculum, and are interested in working with APH to present NIP events. These two day workshops will offer an in-depth look at the ways our products are used to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers and students.

We are looking for a few good presenters who use APH products with students in the following areas:

  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Health
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Business/Vocational Education
  • Physical Education
  • Communication Modes/Literacy
  • Low Vision
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Assistive Technology
  • Career Education/Transition
  • Daily Living/Social Interaction
  • Recreation and Leisure

If you are a good presenter using APH products in an area of the core curriculum or the expanded core curriculum, or if you know some one who is, please contact Janie Humphries, 800/223-1839, ext. 367, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Product Winners at Annual Meeting Session

Suzanne Dalton, Supervisor of the Florida Instructional Materials Center, and Sunggye Hong, Assistant Professor at the University of the Northern Iowa, were the lucky winners of a free APH Web Chase game at Karen Poppe’s Product Training Session at the Annual Meeting. Congratulations to both!

APH’s Dr. Ralph Bartley enjoys the Third Annual Research Summit of the National Center on Low Incidence Disabilities. Pictured here with the Center Director, Dr. Kay A. Ferrell.

Tactile Graphic Product Survey

Karen Poppe, APH Tactile Graphics Project Leader, is conducting an on-line survey to garner input from teachers of the visually impaired on APH’s tactile graphic products. This short, user-friendly survey requests respondents’ current use of APH’s tactile graphic products, suggestions for product enhancements or modifications, and recommendations for future tactile graphic products. APH depends on candid and creative suggestions from teachers to help guide us in the provision of necessary products to students with visual impairments and blindness. Thanks, in advance, for your feedback. Please go to to complete the survey.

Re-design of the Bold Line Spiral Notebook

Not to be confused with the new Collegiate Ruled Notebook,
the Bold Line Spiral Notebook, the one that you are accustomed to seeing in green, violet and yellow, has been re-designed. Our customers wanted marble-style covers on notebooks, to make them look even more like those now used by high school students. A new cover made of yupo, a space age material that does not tear and is waterproof and shrink proof, has replaced the original, laminated paper cover. The marble-style cover is cobalt blue to differentiate it from the black marble Collegiate Ruled Notebook. We know your students will enjoy their new notebooks, and as always, APH appreciates customer feedback.

APH’s Jan Carroll Accepts NBA Appointment

Jan Carroll

APH Contracts Administrator, Jan Carroll, has accepted a one year appointment as Secretary of the National Braille Association.
Installation of officers will take place at the Spring Meeting April 14-16, 2005 in Dallas, Texas.

TEST ACCESS Series Moves Forward

Making Tests Accessible for Students with Visual Impairments: A Guide for Test Publishers, Test Developers, and State Assessment Personnel

In addition to Book Number One, Guidelines for Computer Administered Testing, Book Number Two in the TEST ACCESS series is now available. Book Two, Making Tests Accessible for Students with Visual Impairments: A Guide for Test Publishers, Test Developers, and State Assessment Personnel, is a free downloadable file. Visit the APH web site ( and click on "Accessible Tests Department." The file can be found in the "Publications" section. The primary purpose of this document is to assist test developers, test publishers, and state assessment personnel in making standardized tests fully accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals.

"Making Tests Accessible" Workshop
Goes On the Road

Three "Making Tests Accessible" workshops, conducted at APH over the past 18 months, focused on the needs of test publishers, transcribers, and state department of education assessment personnel. Based upon the success of those presentations, the APH Accessible Tests department now plans to take this training "on the road" to provide promising practices for adapting and developing tests in braille, recorded, and large print formats.

Workshops include:

November 9, 2004 – Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.

March 3, 2005 – Pre-workshop of the 2005 California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped (CTEVH) Conference, San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel.

June 23, 2005 – Co-sponsorship of a workshop in conjunction with the 2005 Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Conference on Large-Scale Assessment in San Antonio, TX.

Additional information will be provided in future newsletters as arrangements are confirmed.

To discuss or register for any of these, please contact Debbie Willis at 800/223-1839, ext. 311, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required We look forward to seeing you at one of these workshops.

APH Callahan Museum Introduces New Accessible Slate Exhibit

Gary Mudd, VP for Public Affairs, looking at some of the slates in the new exhibit.  Behind him is another exhibit case with historic and modern board slates, styluses, and illustrations.

The Callahan Museum’s slate collection is now housed in a new exhibit that allows hands-on access. The slates are arranged in drawers which may be pulled out and placed on the adjacent shelf. Each slate is fitted in the drawer so that it can be easily removed and replaced. Braille and print labels describe the slates. This new exhibit is part of the museum’s 10-year anniversary renovation project.

Photo: Gary Mudd, VP for Public Affairs, looking at some of the slates in the new exhibit. Behind him is another exhibit case with historic and modern board slates, styluses, and illustrations.

Wanted: Assistant Professor and Project Coordinator
National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI)

Institute for the Visually Impaired, Graduate Studies in Vision Impairment, Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Newly OSEP funded and established National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment seeks Project Coordinator and Assistant Professor. The NCLVI is a collaborative effort designed to provide tuition and stipend support to eligible Doctoral Fellows studying at NCLVI Consortium member universities throughout the country. For additional information, contact Dr. Kathleen M. Huebner at 215/780-1360 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


November 3-4, 2004
CVI (NIP Event);
Salt Lake City, UT

November 3-5, 2004
2004 Southeastern Orientation and Mobility Association Conference;
Auburn, AL

November 8, 2004
PATINS Tech Fair 2004;
Indianapolis, IN

November 11-13, 2004
Mid-America Conference of Rehabilitation Teachers (MACRT) – Association of Southeastern Rehabilitation Teachers (ASERT) Conference:
Nashville, TN

November 19, 2004
Derby Ridge Elementary;
Columbia, MO

November 25-26, 2004
Sherwood Center;
Holtsville, NY

November 29-December 3, 2004
Legislative visits on Capitol Hill;
Washington, DC


December 5-7, 2004
Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children;
Chicago, IL

NEW! Upgrade Your Braille ‘n Speak Scholar!

Braille 'n Speak Scholar

APH is now offering a major upgrade for the Braille ‘n Speak Scholar, a talking "PDA" for braille users.

Upgrade your existing Scholar for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new unit.

The upgraded Scholar will include high-quality DoubleTalkTM speech and improved interaction with PCs for better formatting and printing. Other features such as the appointment book and text editing will also be enhanced. It will be returned with new reference guides in braille and print, a tutorial audiocassette, a more extensive manual in a variety of format options on CD, and WinDisc and WinPrint software.

How to Upgrade? Simply follow these steps:

  • Send APH your Braille ‘n Speak Scholar, securely wrapped in bubble wrap or other protective cushioning in the original carton or a sturdy box. We recommend that you insure your shipment. Address for shipping:

    American Printing House for the Blind
    Attn: Repair Department
    1839 Frankfort Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40206

  • Along with the Scholar, send a Federal Quota order, purchase order, credit card information, or a check. Include the upgrade catalog number (1-07320-UP) and the serial number of your Scholar.
  • We will coordinate the upgrade process with the Freedom Scientific company and package the unit for return to you.

Braille ‘n Speak Scholar, Upgrade: 1-07320-UP — $425.00

All units will be processed on a first received basis. Please allow several weeks for us to make the complete conversion.

NEW! Colorino Talking Color Identifier

Colorino Talking Color Identifier

Do your socks match? Did you leave the light on? Now you can find out independently with the new Colorino device, available in either English or Spanish. This simpler color identifier offers a lower-priced alternative to APH’s ColorTest II. It has hundreds of uses, including selecting your own wardrobe; identifying products from the package color; determining if fruit is ripe; distinguish colored folders, forms, or disks.

The Colorino is a small, hand-held unit that is simple to operate using only two buttons. The button nearest to the speaker announces the color of the object placed firmly against the wide end of the unit. The Colorino can detect more than 100 nuances of color. The other button emits an acoustic signal that changes pitch according to the Colorino’s distance from a light source.

The Colorino uses 2 AAA batteries (included) and comes with a carrying case, cassette, large print, and braille "quick start" instructions, and a one-year warranty.

Colorino, English: 1-03955-00 — $195.00
Colorino, Spanish: 1-03955-SP — $195.00

NOTE: Colorino is NOT available with Federal Quota funds.

Also available: ColorTest II, which can detect 1,000 nuances of color; or hue, saturation, and brightness values; or red, green, and blue values. Includes an adapter and rechargeable battery.

ColorTest II, English: 1-03951-00 — $670.00
ColorTest II, Spanish: 1-03951-SP — $670.00

NOTE: ColorTest II MAY be purchased with Federal Quota funds.

APH Introduces Two New Series of Children’s Books
First Titles are Now Available!

Goin' on a Bear Hunt

Moving Ahead Series: Goin’ on a Bear Hunt

The Moving Ahead: Tactile Graphics Storybooks are designed to be the next step for students who have had experience with simple tactile representations such as those used in APH’s On the Way to Literacy. While that series uses real objects, molded images, and raised outlines, Moving Ahead storybooks introduce symbolic representation, more complex illustrations, and an increased emphasis on text. These read-aloud books combine tactile pictures, print/braille text, and a fun story to increase motivation.

Goin’ on a Bear Hunt, based on the popular children’s "chant," is the first title in the Moving Ahead series. In the process of hunting for the bear, the reader follows a tactile line through the "tall grass," up a "hill," etc., until the child reaches the "cave" and then back home again. At the end of the book is a fold-out tactile "map" to use in retelling the story. The book’s many illustrations include braille words provided on self-applied braille labels, allowing the reader to choose contracted or uncontracted braille for the child to read and find repeated in the story text.

The Reader’s Guide (braille edition sold separately) contains general information about both literacy and tactile graphics, tips on using Goin’ on a Bear Hunt, and suggestions for additional resources.

Goin’ on a Bear Hunt, Print/Braille, with Large Print Reader’s Guide: 6-77903-00 — $37.00
Goin’ on a Bear Hunt Reader’s Guide, Braille Edition: 6-77907-00 — $8.50

Jessie Ball duPont Series: Capital! Washington D.C., from A-Z

Jesse Ball duPont Fund

Through the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, APH has been able to expand the number of titles in the popular Chrissy’s Collection of colorful print/braille children’s books. The eight titles in the duPont Series have been carefully chosen from commercially-available print titles to promote reading as a family activity, and appeal to a wide variety of ages, interests, and reading levels.

Capital! Washington D.C., from A-Z

The first title in the duPont Series is Capital! Washington D.C., from A-Z by Laura Krauss Melmed. This rhyming alphabet book explores famous landmarks and historic places throughout our nation’s capital, taking readers on a tour from the Air and Space Museum to the (National) Zoo. For ages 8-10.

Capital! Washington DC, A-Z: 9-15036-00 — $10.00

NOTE: duPont titles are NOT available for purchase with Federal Quota funds.

NEW! Boldline Spiral Notebook Now in College Rule!

Collegiate Boldline Spiral Notebook

This notebook has more closely spaced bold lines than our other Boldline Notebook. This notebook has 7/16" line spaces, 75 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 yellow paper, and a heavy-duty cover with black & white marble design with a blank subject area.

Collegiate Boldline Spiral Notebook: 1-04826-00 — $5.50

Still Have Holiday Gifts to Buy? Think APH!

APH has many items that would be perfect for holiday gift-giving (or put these on your wish list!):

  • The new Capital! Washington D.C., from A-Z (9-15036-00 — $10.00 description above, No Quota) or any of our other children’s books, such as:
    • Print/braille children’s books from Chrissy’s Collection
      • The Gingerbread Man (9-12030-00 — $25.00)
      • On the Same Day in March (9-15007-00 — $25.00)
      • So You Want to Be President(9-13090-00 — $25.00)
      • Some from the Moon (9-14017-00 — $25.00)
      • There Was an Old Lady . . (9-12003-00 — $25.00)
      • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (9-12015-00 — $25.00)

      On the Way to Literacy

    • On the Way to Literacy series tactile children’s books
  • Any of the titles from our Bookstore Catalog, which offers books for children and adults, including cookbooks, biographies, fiction, and more. Call 1-800-223-1839 to ask for your free catalog, or go to to find the electronic, accessible Bookstore Catalog.
  • Computer games designed especially for low vision players:
    Armadillo Army

    • Armadillo ArmyTM (D-03400-00 — $49.00) navigate successive mazes while avoiding the armadillos
    • Termite TorpedoTM (D-03470-00 — $39.00) rid Woodville of the invading termites by clearing all 12 playing fields
    • Talking Word PuzzlesTM (D-03440-00 — $49.99) solve and create your own crossword puzzles
  • Board game: Web ChaseTM (1-08460-00 — $149.00) hungry "spider" players catch tactile prey as they race around the tactile "web" board
  • IXL RevolutionTM Sport Ball (1-07511-00 — $5.00) a longer-sounding bell ball for practicing skills or just for fun! No Quota.
  • Videos:
    Teen Scene: Portraits of Success

    • Teen Scene: Portraits of Success (VHS: 1-30011-00 — $25.00; DVD: 1-30011-DVD — $25.00) four teenagers talk about living with low vision
    • Denver the Guide Dog (1-30010-00 — $15.00) from puppy training to becoming part of a team, Denver shows you how it’s done.
  • Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC’s (1-10000-00 — $24.00) raised-line coloring book for low vision or blind children
  • Everyday Activities Calendar for young children (1-08121-00 — $56.00) suggests a different activity for each day of the year
  • Organizers:
    EZ Track Financial Record Keeper

    • EZ Track Series of large print binders and accessories help keep daily activities organized:
      • EZ Track Calendar (1-07900-05 — $29.00) four days per page with room for notes and appointments
      • EZ Track Medical Record Keeper (1-07930-00 — $30.00) organize medical history, insurance records, medications, invoices, appointments, and more
      • EZ Track Financial Record Keeper (1-07920-00 — $37.50) keep track of banking, bills, taxes, insurance, investments, and more
      • EZ Track Address Book (1-07910-00 — $20.00) room for 208 addresses with template for easy entry
    • Braille DateBook (1-07899-05 — $53.00) rugged binder holds included 4×6 calendar pages, blank pages, and tabs for organizing addresses, assignments, important information, and much more
  • Power of the Dream music CD by visually impaired songwriter Terry Kelly (W-DREAM -CD — $12.00) – No Quota
  • Handi-Cassette II Stereo Tape Recorder/Player (1-07085-00 — $170.00) portable unit for listening to Talking Books or commercial cassettes as well as record tapes
  • Book PortBook Port (1-07440-00 — $395.00) portable book-reading device for downloading and reading electronic text files (including or digital recorded books (including DAISY Digital Talking books)
  • ColorTest II (1-03951-00 — $670.00) color identifier senses over 1000 nuances of color (more complete description above)
  • Colorino (1-03955-00 — $195.00) color identifier sense 100 nuances of color (more complete description above) – No Quota
  • Anything in the "Special Touch" section of our catalog or web site

To order these gifts, call 1-800-223-1839, Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm Eastern time.

Did You Know. . .
APH Has Holiday Cards?

APH offers several sets of print/braille holiday cards featuring the artwork of artists who are visually impaired. The artwork and messages are not specific to a single holiday, so they can be used for any winter occasion. NOTE: These cards are not available on Federal Quota.

Winter Solace

Winter Solace

Artwork by adult artist Lucille "Honey" Knechtel features a bridge over a snowy river with the message: "Wishing you a beautiful holiday season."

Winter Solace (10 cards, one design): W-HDCD-AD — $10.00

Sunset on a Ski Slope

Sunset on a Ski Slope

Artwork by Barbara Zochowski depicts evergreen trees on a hillside covered with snow. This die-cut and embossed card reads, "May the Joy of Your Holidays Be Evergreen…."

Sunset on a Ski Slope (10 cards, one design): W-HDCD-AB — $6.00

May Your Light Shine

May Your Light Shine

Artwork of 81-year-old Margo Langohr depicts a woman reaching toward a shooting star. This die-cut and tactile print/braille greeting card reads, "May Your Light Shine…."

May Your Light Shine (10 cards, one design): W-HDCD-AA — $6.00

Snow Walker

Snow Walker

Whimsical painting by student Adrianna Gamble portrays a visually impaired snowman with cane. This embossed print/braille card reads "Happy Holidays."

Snow Walker (10 cards, one design): 1-05201-99 — $10.00

APH News Credits

Dr. Tuck Tinsley

Malcolm Turner, APH Web Site Coordinator

Thanks to the following APH staff:

  • Karen Blaker, Support Specialist, Field Services
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Monica Coffey, Test Editor, Accessible Tests
  • Tony Grantz, Business Development Director, Finance
  • Janie Humphries, Director, Field Services
  • Elaine Kitchel, Low Vision Project Leader, Research
  • Becki Moody, Communications Support Specialist
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field services
  • Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
  • Carol Tobe, Director, Callahan Museum

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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