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October 2004

Annual Meeting 2004:
Opening the Doors of Opportunity

Final preparations are being made for over 300 registrants planning to attend the APH 136th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests to take place October 14 – 16, 2004, in Louisville, KY at the Camberley Brown Hotel.

APH President Tuck Tinsley encourages you to join them, our keynote presenter Sally Mangold, along with Wings of Freedom honorees Dean and Naomi Tuttle, and special presenters Carey Matsuba, Christine Roman-Lantzy, Millie Smith, and Leslie Kay.

The full agenda and other information can be found at the Annual Meeting link on the APH web site.

Dr. Carey Matsuba

Photo: Dr. Carey Matsuba, Developmental Pediatrician and partner of Dr. Jim Jan at the Visual Impairment Program, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Matsuba will discuss CVI products and strategies with APH’s Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy.

Mudd to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Gary Mudd

The Metro Disability Coalition (MDC) of Louisville, KY will present Gary Mudd with their Lifetime Achievement Award in October. Mudd, Vice President of Public Affairs, joined APH in 1986 as Consumer Information Consultant and later became director of the Public Affairs Department before taking his present position as a corporate officer of the company.

Opening the Virtual Doors of Opportunity:
A Special Annual Meeting Presentation for Those Who Cannot Attend in Person

  • Do you ever want to attend a training session but can’t leave the office?
  • Would you like to attend trainings but have no budget?
  • Do you wish other people on your staff could participate in presentations and trainings that only you can attend?

Starting in October, APH will host interactive product presentations, meetings, and training via the Web in our new "virtual conference room." APH’s Virtual conference room is a room in Cyberspace where attendees can meet in privacy without leaving their home or office. Presenters and participants can talk to each other, share Internet and Power Point presentations, and exchange information and notes using text messaging… virtually all the things you can do during a presentation, without having to travel to get there.

Our first Web cast will take place during APH’s Annual Meeting. The session to be broadcasted is: "Obtaining Accessible Textbooks and Materials through ATIC and Resource Services." This presentation will instruct attendees on APH ordering procedures for braille and large print textbooks, share the latest textbook specifications called, "Promising Practices for Transcribing Early Literacy Textbooks and Materials," and detail the training opportunities offered by ATIC. It will also demonstrate how to effectively search the Louis database, the Accessible Media Producers database (AMP), and how to download files from the APH File Repository.

The session will take place from 10:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, and will be repeated from 9:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16.

What will you need to participate?
Just a computer with Internet access and speakers. During this particular presentation, presenters will only accept questions sent through text messaging, so the use of a microphone is not required.

For information on how to sign up for this presentation, send an email to Maria Delgado before October 12 at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Don’t forget to check out the APH web site for upcoming virtual opportunities!

Loving Me Wows ‘Em in Boston!

Loving Me: a Guide to Creating and Presenting Workshops on Self-Esteem

A National Instructional Partnerships event, "Loving Me: Secrets of Self-Esteem," featuring Billy Brookshire, author of the APH product of the same name, wowed a rapt and eager audience at the Carroll Center for the Blind, September 17 – 18. Billy demonstrated the many ways in which the activities and skills in Loving Me can be utilized in workshops, small groups, and classrooms to enhance the self-esteem of students and adults who are blind and visually impaired.

EOT Rachel Rosenbaum and Karen Ross of the Carroll Center welcomed the group of 40 participants that included itinerant teachers of the visually impaired, rehabilitation professionals, recent graduates of the Perkins School for the Blind, clients of the Carroll Center, and others. After a welcome and overview of Loving Me, presented by APH Field Services Director Janie Humphries, Billy led the group through the two-day event that taught attendees ways to use and adapt the materials found in Loving Me for use with their students and clients. Group discussion led the group to develop and share ways in which they would use the product in their respective professional roles, and is some cases, in their own lives.

If you are interested in hosting a NIP event in your area, please call Janie at 800/223-1839, ext. 367, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Our goal is to provide training on the wide variety of APH products, most of which are useful tools when instructing components of the core and expanded core curriculums.

Let’s Get Physical!

Do you have middle or high school students who need to be more active, learn more about their community, and learn how athletics can lead to great friendships and socialization? Then jump up and kick your feet, because we have an opportunity for you.

APH is seeking field test sites for "Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Community-Based Physical Fitness Activities for Students who have Visual Impairments, Blindness, or Deafblindness." Field test sites may have more than one student participant. Students will be required to take a pre-test to determine current knowledge of physical fitness, nutrition, safety, self-advocacy, and their community. They will then be required to complete charts, make visits to community athletic facilities, and complete a post-test to determine what they have learned. Materials will be presented in 18 point type and braille.

For statistical purposes, APH will accept the first 15 low vision readers and the first five braille readers submitted to participate. Sites must submit each student’s name, age, grade, and reading medium. We will also need the on-site coordinator’s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. Sites must be confirmed by October 30. Timeline: January through May.

Product Authors:
Dr. Lauren Lieberman, SUNY Brockport
Dr. Scott Modell, California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Paul Ponchillia, Western Michigan University
Ileah Jackson, California State University, Sacramento

Electronic Preservation of Braille Now Possible!

Would you like to preserve your braille electronically on a disc or CD?

  • Do you have a vintage braille book collection?
  • Do you have braille classics on your shelves?
  • Do you have braille pages that were transcribed on a slate or braillewriter?
  • Do you have personal braille documents that no one else has?
  • Do you have metal embossed mastering plates without the original file?
  • Do you have boxes and boxes of braille masters to thermoform?

APH can now scan your braille and provide you with a braille ready file on disc or CD for use with embossers or braille notetakers.

Single sided or interpoint, paper or metal master plates, APH can create electronic braille files for you.

The price? Only $2.50 per braille page. This price does not include converting single-sided parts or volumes into interpointed parts or volumes. We cannot scan pages containing tactile graphics.

Federal quota funds may be used by Ex Officio Trustees for the preservation of materials originally purchased with federal quota dollars or for materials to be used with federal quota registered students.

For more information or for placing orders, contact Contract Administration, American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206, or call 800/223-1839, ext. 302.

APH Presents 3rd "Making Tests Accessible" Workshop

Once again, the Accessible Tests Department has presented a well attended "Making Tests Accessible" workshop. On September 15-16, 2004, thirty-one participants from state departments of education and test publishing companies met to discuss the challenges of making tests for blind and visually impaired students. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Carol Allman and presentations were made by a host of APH staff members.

A new publication by Dr. Allman, "Making Tests Accessible for Students with Visual Impairments: A Guide for Test Publishers, Test Developers, and State Assessment Personnel," was unveiled at the workshop and will soon be available on the APH web site. These workshops, which encourage the sharing of accessibility guidelines, are one way that APH is working towards improving tests and assessments for students who are visually impaired.

Workshop participants pose in front of the Hall of Fame display

War of the Dots:
A New Traveling Exhibit from the Callahan Museum

'War of the Dots' exhibit

The Callahan Museum has a new tabletop-size traveling exhibit available for rental. "War of the Dots" is a colorful exhibit that presents the chronological history of English-language dot systems, including the revisions and debates leading up to agreement in 1932 of the standard dot system, Standard English Braille Grade Two. The exhibit includes large print text and photo illustrations on a foldout panel that measures 39½ in. (height), braille text booklets, and hands-on artifacts. The whole exhibit ships in two plastic crates. For information about scheduling the exhibit, please contact Carol Tobe, Museum Director, 800/223-1839, ext. 365 or email hidden; JavaScript is required, or contact Anne Rich, Museum Associate, ext. 364 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Morrison Heady Honored with Kentucky Historical Highway Marker

Morrison Heady

On Saturday, July 17, 2004, a Kentucky Historical Marker was dedicated in honor of James Morrison Heady, "The Blind Bard of Kentucky," among whose many accomplishments included raising funds to help establish the American Printing House for the Blind. The poet, musician, inventor, and teacher was born in Elk Creek, KY, in 1829 and was laid to rest at Elk Creek Cemetery after his death in 1915. In the words of Heady biographer, Ken Thompson, author of Beyond the Double Night , Heady "had the vision of a seer, the spirit of a philosopher and the soul of a poet."

The memorial program, held at the Elk Creek Cemetery where the marker was placed, was sponsored by the Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society. It included a presentation by Mr. Thompson about the life of Morrison Heady and an exhibit of Heady memorabilia, with a raised-letter volume of the Heady family Bible on loan from the Callahan Museum of APH. Mitzi Friedlander, APH narrator, read four poems from Heady’s book, The Double Night, and Other Poems.

The Callahan Museum has a Morrison Heady exhibit with photo illustrations and a hand-carved chess set that he devised.

Oral History Project Initiated at APH

Raymond Randles and Amy Gordon

To date, ten interviews for the APH Callahan Museum’s oral history project have been completed. Raymond Randles, retired APH Studio director and oral historian, conducted the interviews with retired APH employees from various departments in the company. Amy Gordon, who recently completed the Work Experience Program at the Kentucky Office of the Blind’s Charles W. McDowell Rehabilitation Center, in Louisville, KY, transcribed the oral interviews into print.

The Callahan Museum is adding the interviews to the APH corporate archives and plans to continue this project in future years, expanding it to include interviews with representatives of the Kentucky School for the Blind and leaders in the field of blindness education.

New Louis Brochure

Louis Database of Accessible Materials and APH File Repository

The Louis Database is the key to finding information for over 180,000 books and materials in accessible media from more than 180 different agencies nationwide. Anyone can access this free, speech-friendly service over the internet at or through our Telephone Reference Service at 1-800-223-1839.


  • Louis compiles information from agencies nationwide for convenient searching.
  • Louis assists educators and administrators in locating books and materials in a timely manner
  • Louis allows students to find their own books and materials, increasing their independence and self-esteem
  • Louis provides a convenient way to search for and purchase APH products
  • Louis training is offered for students, educators, administrators, and parents anywhere in the continental U.S.

If you would like to order a brochure, please call 800/223-1839 and choose "Catalogs" or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required

Would You Like a "Sneak Peek" at New and Soon-to-be-Released APH Products? Then Visit the Products Showcase at Annual Meeting!

The Products Showcase is your chance to get a first look at some of the new products offered by APH. Most of these items are available now, with a few "soon-to-be released," so check them out at the APH Annual Meeting in Louisville, October 14-16, 2004.

There will be demonstrations of new products. Dr. Leslie Kay, developer of the ‘K’ Sonar, will be available at specified times in the Product Showcase area to demonstrate this new electronic mobility aid. Tony Grantz, Business Development Manger, and others will be available to talk with you one-on-one and happy to show you any of the new products.

The Products Showcase is also a great chance to "try before you buy." You are welcome to sit down and play our new educational game Web Chase to learn if your students will enjoy and benefit from it. You can look through the items in a variety of kits to see if they will meet your needs. Print and braille brochures are available for each item, so you can take the details with you for reference and ordering.

Whether you stay and play or just take a "sneak peek," don’t forget to stop by the Annual Meeting Products Showcase!

K-FAST® (Kaufman Functional Academic Skills Test) 1994, Braille Edition

APH introduces the braille edition of this popular assessment. We also offer a large print edition.

KFAST Braille reading and Math tests and the Administrator's manual

K-FAST is a brief (30 – 60 minute), individually administered test to determine performance in reading and mathematics as it is used in daily living situations. Tasks relate to everyday activities such as:

  • Understanding labels on drug containers
  • Following directions in a recipe
  • Budgeting monthly expenses
  • Comparing prices of products

The braille edition includes:

  • Easel-style test books in two volumes, bound to lie flat on a desk
  • Administrator’s Manual in braille
  • Regular print K-FAST manual
  • Supply of regular print test records

K-FAST braille and large print editions were designed to be used with students in the transitional phase and with adults for program placement purposes.

K-FAST Braille: 5-64500-00 — $153.00
K-FAST Large Print: 4-64500-00 — $98.00

Reminder on 2005 Calendars – Order Now!

APH InSights Calendar 2005

The 2005 APH InSights Large Print/Braille Art Calendar is a twelve-month calendar featuring the artwork of visually impaired artists and includes holidays and moon phases.

APH InSights Calendar 2005: 5-18971-05 — $7.50

Other Calendars Available:

For braille users:
Braille DateBook 2005: 1-07899-05 — $53.00
Braille DateBook Calendar Tabs 2005: 1-07898-05 — $13.00
Braille DateBook Filler Paper and Tabs: 1-07897-00 — $10.00

For large print users:
EZ Track Calendar 2005: 1-07900-05 — $29.00
EZ Track Calendar 2005, inserts only: 1-07901-05 — $25.75

Get Up and Go: A New Course Available from Hadley

Have you given up your car keys because of visual impairment? Kudos to you – such a decision is often very difficult, as car keys seem so entwined with independence. Or, as a non-driver, have you wondered how you were going to get where you need to go? Hadley’s new course "Going Places" is for you! Available in large print and braille (cassette and online coming soon) this tuition-free course will help you establish your ability to travel independently. This course is open to students in Adult Continuing Education and High School Programs. Why not enroll in this course now so you can go places with confidence? To do so, just call Student Services at 800/526.9909.

Art Beyond Sight Awareness Week Celebrated

Poster shows a hand exploring a bronze bas-relief.  The text on the poster reads 'Beauty is in the Hands of the Beholder' and 'Support Art Beyond Sight Awareness Week October 11th - 25th'

APH joins 69 other organizations, including schools, museums and service organizations, in celebration of the second annual Art Beyond Sight Awareness Week: October 11-25 coordinated by the Art Education for the Blind. Activities include special touch tours in museums around the world, training sessions for museum docents and
educators, exhibits of artworks by amateur and professional artists who are blind or visually impaired, and even a backstage touch tour and audio description of the Colorado Ballet’s "Dracula."

On October 18, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Art Education for the Blind will present a FREE Telephone Conference Crash Course, featuring guest speakers on cognitive psychology, museum programming, and teaching tools; Grab your coffee and dial in! To join, dial: 775/478-0000, press 2, press our PIN number: AEB-2004 (i.e.,
232-2004), and then press #.

For details the events and information on how you can celebrate Awareness Week, visit

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
  • Jan Carroll, Contract Administrator, Finance
  • Monica Coffey, Test Editor, Accessible Tests
  • Maria Delgado, Field Services Representative
  • Tony Grantz, Business Development Manager, Finance
  • Janie Humphries, Director, Field Services
  • Becki Moody, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Artina Paris, Assistant, Field Services
  • Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, Research
  • Ann Rich, Associate, APH Callahan Museum

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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