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APH News: September 2002

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134th Annual Meeting "Sharing the Memory, Shaping the Dream," October 10-13, 2002

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It’s not too late to sign up for the APH Annual Meeting. Check the APH web site,, for a tentative agenda, hotel information, and the registration form. Please join us as we celebrate the living legends of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, and the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Educational Research, with Sam Ashcroft, Carson Nolan, June Morris, and other stars. (The Brown Hotel requests reservations by September 15.)

Dr. Phil HatlenDr. Phil Hatlen will facilitate this year’s opening session celebrating the living legends of the new Hall of Fame.

Wall of Tribute Taking Shape in the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field

Artist's rendition of a single columnA single column

Very soon you will have the opportunity to support this historic venture while honoring family, friends, mentors, or organizations of significance to you. A prominent wall of the new Hall of Fame, soon to be located in the 80-year-old addition to the original building, will be dedicated for tributes and called Friends of Leaders and Legends. Beautifully engraved Romanite® stones will share your sentiments of gratitude. The price range for the stones, to be encased in handsome wooden columns, is $375 to $5,000. Additional personal replication stones, with stands, are available for $75.00.

For more information, or to request a complete packet, contact the APH Department of Development, 800/223-1839, Ext. 361, or email Don Keefe at email hidden; JavaScript is required. This information will also soon be available on the virtual Hall of Fame web page at

Artist's rendition of several columns
Artist’s rendition of several columns

Although housed at APH, the Hall of Fame is a project of the entire field.

Order APH Products and Textbooks Now!

September is shaping up to be a record-breaking month for sales so please place your orders as early as possible.

**Ex Officio Trustees** please remember that Federal Quota funds must be spent by September 30. Although web-orders will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. (Eastern), faxed and mailed orders must reach APH by noon on that date.

Brainstorming Tactile Graphics

Meeting participants pose in front of the APH signMeeting participants give their brains a rest and take a moment to smile at the birdie! Standing: Samir Azer, Karen Poppe; seated (left to right): Lois Harrell, Meredith Carlson, Fred Otto, Sister M. Elaine George, Audrey Goldberg.

APH Project Leaders Fred Otto and Karen Poppe led a Tactile Graphics Brainstorming Meeting on August 9-10 with five very creative and experienced teachers of the blind and visually impaired. Samir Azer (KY), Meredith Carlson (LA), Sister Elaine George (PA), Audrey Goldberg (VA), and Lois Harrell (CA) spent two energizing days discussing, planning, and, in some cases, designing over 50 needed products for the classroom. These products spanned the areas of mathematics, tactile readiness, science, geography, and recreation. Although together for the first time, this small group quickly became an enthusiastic, cohesive team that problem-solved product features and shared mutual appreciation for each other’s handmade classroom materials.

CVI Sequel Gets Two Thumbs Up!

More than 100 educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, early interventionists, speech therapists, medical professionals, parents and other family members were on hand for the most recent National Instructional Partnerships event, "Taking A Further Look At Cortical Visual Impairment." The event, held at the Braille Institute of America, was sponsored by APH, the Braille Institute, and the Center for the Partially Sighted, and took place August 27 – 29, 2002.

Audience members from around the country were treated to excellent
presentations from the two speakers who focused on optometric exams for children with visual impairment, identification and assessment techniques, and strategies for effective intervention. Videotape case studies allowed participants to plan intervention strategies and discuss APH products and other materials helpful in providing intervention for children with cortical visual impairment.

Thanks go out to Ex Officio Trustee Vicki Liske and other staff members of the Braille Institute for their outstanding hospitality and support. A special thank you to our new partner, the Center for the Partially Sighted, for their support in bringing Dr. Takeshita to our workshop.

If you are interested in partnering with APH to bring a National Instructional Partnerships event on any topic of interest to your area, please contact Janie Humphries, 800/223-1839, ext. 367, or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

National Instructional Partnerships Events In Search of a Home!

Two exciting opportunities to host NIP events are now available for two lucky fast-acting Trustees! We have two excellent speakers ready, willing, and able to travel to your area to provide training for professionals, parents, and consumers. These nationally advertised events can bring some of the best-known names in our field right to your own back yard!

Billy Brookshire, author of Loving Me, one of APH’s newest products, is eager to bring you a dynamic workshop on teaching self-esteem and social skills to teen-agers, young adults, and adults who are blind and visually impaired. While much of the training will focus on the skills and activities in Loving Me, Billy will also draw on his many years of experience in the field of blindness to provide a one-of-a-kind, hands-on presentation for this event. A fan of Billy’s work, the legendary Dr. Dean Tuttle, may join Billy for some presentations.

Another new APH author, Gail Sholwalter, is also on board to provide a NIP event based on her new product, Time for Art. Gail is eager to spread the message that art is important for all of us, and that people with visual impairments can and should be provided the same kinds of art experiences that people who are sighted enjoy. Time for Art will provide instruction in teaching art to children with visual impairment, but Gail also wants to focus on the importance of the arts in education, including enhanced strategies for teachers in general education programs serving children with visual impairment.

APH is looking for Trustees willing to partner with us to bring these exciting events to life. APH can (and will) pay travel expenses for speakers, and a consultant fee. 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.

For additional information contact Janie Humphries at 800/223-1839, ext. 367, or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Change of Dates for Test Editor Training

Last month’s APH News stated that another Test Editor training session sponsored by Test Central was scheduled for Sept. 25-26, 2002. Due to circumstances beyond our control, these dates had to be changed. The confirmed dates for the Test Editor Training Workshop are the Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 14-15, 2002) immediately following APH’s Annual Meeting. For more information or to express interest in participating, please contact Debbie Willis (email hidden; JavaScript is required), Test Central Manager.

ISAVE Protocols Now Online!


For customer convenience, the Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency (ISAVE) Protocols are now available online. Protocols Online solves the enlargement and photocopying problems of the past. With Protocols Online you can make the individual pages you need by copying and printing at your convenience. You can find Protocols Online at

Protocols Online is a free service from APH.

APH Library Moves

In early June, the APH Research Library moved into beautifully remodeled space on the fourth floor and was renamed the Barr Library as a tribute to generations of service to APH by the Barr family. The spacious, light filled area features hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, original to the older portions of the building. Shelving and cabinetry are black steel with rich cherry wood accents. The library space, developed in an 80 year-old addition to the original building, will soon be shared with the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

The library continues to be open, by appointment, to visiting researchers. For access and further information, please contact Inge Formenti, the librarian, at 800/223-1839, Ext. 347 or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Rehabilitation Teachers Scheduled to Gather at APH

Quality training in the areas of adjustment, communication, braille, and daily living will be offered to rehabilitation teachers at a conference hosted by APH in Louisville, November 14 – 16. Registration and program information for the Mid-America Conference of Rehabilitation Teachers and the Association of Southeastern Rehabilitation Teachers can be found at
or by contacting Terrie Terlau at 800/223-1839, Ext. 381 or email her at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

APH To Offer Enlarged Textbooks in Color!

APH will begin producing large print, or enlarged print, textbooks in color beginning with 2003 Early Start books. Not only will color enhance the texts in obvious ways, but will also make the black print crisper. The actual process of producing the books will be similar to the current APH enlarging process.

The new equipment will also aid in the production of large print textbooks using new processes now in development by the Accessible Textbook Initiative and Collaboration (ATIC).

New Ex Officio Trustees

For more information on the responsibilities of Ex Officio Trustees, check our web site:

August Travel

APH on the Road

APH staff participated in the following activities during the month of August.

Upcoming Events

APH staff will participate in the following activities during September and October.

New Product Information

NEW! Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Math Grade 1, Braille Edition Kit

The cover of the textbook is a close-up photo of a giraffe's face
Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Math Grade 1, Braille Edition Kit

Now available from APH – This kit is a pilot project based on a recently published math book and helps beginning math students with a wide variety of concepts.

This kit includes:

This kit helps beginning math students with such concepts as:

This kit, along with many other exciting products, will be shown at the Product Showcase at Annual Meeting in Louisville, October 10-13, 2002.

B-99001-00 — $822.50

NEW! MasterPlan Calendar 2003 Now Available!

MasterPlan Calendar 2003 provides low vision teens and adults with a systematic and organized way of keeping track of appointments, dates, bills, holidays, and other monthly, weekly, or daily events.

This low vision appointment book and calendar is also an organizer in a three-ring binder. Each large print page enumerates and holds space for four days of the month, with enough room to write notes and appointment times. Features month-at-a-glance and week-at-a-glance sections.

Months are separated by tabbed divider pages that outline the holidays and special events during each month. A colorful folder to hold invoices and receipts is also included.

MasterPlan Calendar 2003, with binder: 1-07900-03 — $26.00
MasterPlan Calendar 2003, inserts only, no binder: 1-07901-03 — $20.50

Aluminum Diagramming Foil Cost Increase

Due to greatly increased costs, APH must raise the price of Aluminum Diagramming Foil. After an extensive process of bidding to a variety of vendors, we must offer these new prices:

1-04120-00: Aluminum Diagramming Foil Roll — $77.00
1-04090-00: Aluminum Diagramming Foil Sheets — $20.00

Customer Notice: ColorTest

The ColorTest Talking Color Analyzer, APH Product #1-03950-00, is no longer available. The manufacturer has stopped production and no inventory remains. An upgraded unit is not yet available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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