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September 2006

Featured APH Products

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Ship About To Sail for Annual Meeting

Adjusting the Sails Annual Meeting 2006 October 12-14 Louisville, KY

Time is running out to register for the 138th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, October 12 – 14, in beautiful downtown Louisville. Your registration form should reach APH by September 8. Please make your reservations with the Marriott by September 12.

The Marriott is, however, nearing capacity. Our official overflow hotel is the Hyatt Regency which is attached by pedway. The Hyatt rate is $115 (single). For reservations, also due by September 12, call 800/233-1234 or 502/581-1234.

For additional information on the property, visit

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear Michael Hingson, National Public Affairs Representative, Guide Dogs for the Blind, share his amazing 9/11 story of hope and triumph in the World Trade Center. Or the inspiring keynote address of Tom Sullivan on Friday. And you know you want to be here for the InSights Art Banquet and the amazing Information Fair. And how could you miss the awards ceremony for our APH awards winners and the induction of the new class in to the Hall of Fame? …And what about all those wonderful product training sessions and updates from the field? Or the Saturday night dinner cruise on the Ohio River?

Registration information, along with a tentative agenda and a schedule of related meetings can be found at:

If you are only attending the InSights Arts Awards Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, you can find all the details at

Questions? Comments? Please contact Janie Blome, email hidden; JavaScript is required, or Kathy Smiddy, email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information!

APH Scholars to Adjust Their Sails at Annual Meeting

APH is proud to recognize the five 2006 Scholars selected to attend the October Annual Meeting as guests. The five Scholars, all direct services providers and first time attendees, were nominated by Ex Officio Trustees in their home states. Each nominee submitted a letter of application stating reasons to come to Annual Meeting and how information learned would then be shared. The five scholars were chosen by the Educational Services Advisory Committee at their May meeting in Louisville.

Please join us in congratulating the 2006 APH Scholars:

  • Cindy Corbett, IN, nominated by Leslie Durst
  • Karen Ehrhardt DeFeo, MD, nominated by Robb Farrell
  • Donna Gurley, NC, nominated by Tom Winton
  • Elizabeth Hart, CA, nominated by Stuart Wittenstein
  • Paula Starbuck, ME, nominated by Jean Small

While at Annual Meeting, please take the opportunity to meet and welcome these outstanding professionals in our field!

Thorndike Press Titles listed in Louis!

Louis Database of Accessible Materials and APH File Repository

Thorndike Press is now contributing information about hundreds of large print books to Louis! Currently, more than 400 titles are listed and more are being added each day. Each Louis record includes contact details for these titles.

Thorndike Press participates in the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Federal Inexpensive Book Distribution Program. The cost of Large Print books is matched by RIF’s federal funds if purchased for children with disabilities/special needs. To find out more about RIF, go to Educators visit for resources and materials on literacy topics.

To see all Thorndike Press titles listed currently, select Thorndike Press (THRN) from the Choose an Agency drop down list and then use Max Records to Display dropdown list and select 500. The default setting is 100.

Louis at 200,000!

In July, Louis reached a major milestone with information on how to obtain more than 200,000 accessible materials!

Among other duties, Resource Services staff catalog the accessible materials, obtain copyright permissions for reproduction, and offer assistance to Louis searchers.

Celebrating this milestone are, in rear, left to right: Mary Howell, temporary worker, Deb O’Connell, Resource Services Assistant; front left to right: Joon Lee, Resource Services Specialist; Nicole Gaines, Systems Librarian; Julia Myers, Director; Linda Turner, Technical Services Manager. Not pictured, Inge Formenti, Librarian, and the hundreds of agencies that contribute information about their holdings to Louis!

VA Audience Takes A Closer Look at CVI

The National Instructional Partnerships

The August 16-18 National Instructional Partnership event, "CVI: There’s More to it than the Eye Can See" drew an enthusiastic crowd to the C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, VA. Sponsored in partnership with Ex Officio Trustee Barbara McCarthy and the Fairfax Co. Public Schools, and hosted by Carmen Valdes-Ateca, the workshop was attended by approximately 80 professionals and family members, including parents, teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists, early interventionists, speech therapists, occupational and physical therapists, and others.

During the 2½ day workshop, Dr. Christine Roman presented her techniques to identify, assess and intervene for students with cortical visual impairment. Attendees learned skills and strategies for using APH products to implement intervention and instruction for students with CVI.

National Instructional Partnerships (NIP) events are designed to highlight the use of APH products across the areas of the Core Curriculum and the Expanded Core Curriculum. If you are interested in hosting such an event, please contact the Ex Officio Trustee in your area, or call Janie Blome, 800/223-1839, ext. 367, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Utahans Seek Higher Understanding of ISAVE

ISAVE was the topic at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind in Ogden on August 16. As part of their orientation to prepare for the 2006-07 school year, 60 Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Early Interventionists gathered at the school to learn about ISAVE. Sandi Baker, APH Field Services Representative, gave participants a look at the many components of ISAVE, including the Good Lookin’ and ISAVE 101 videos, and used a case study approach to further demonstrate the use of the different assessment protocols. She then challenged participants with an assignment that prompted them to delve into the comprehensive product. They took the assignment seriously and did an excellent job – A’s for everyone!

Thanks to EOT Lorri Quigley at the Utah School for planning this training opportunity!

Web Page Gets a New Look with New Features

In July the Accessible Tests Web page got a new look. A photo montage showing children taking tests using various accommodations and various accessible media has been added to the main page. Easier navigation and updated links are features of the new and improved site. New items include "How to Contact Test Publishers" and "Quick Links." "Quick Links" takes you immediately to APH’s Louis Database, the Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Database, the National Agenda website, and more.

Thanks to Malcolm Turner for this creative facelift. Note: The "How to Contact Test Publishers" segment of the web page is still under construction.

Check it out at

Addressing the Need for Training and Guidelines On Testing Special Populations

During the Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment’s Second Invitational Conference on "Test Issues for Students in K-12," it was stated that test publishers and item developers need training and guidelines in order to develop test items for special populations. To continue addressing this need, Accessible Tests staff planned and hosted a workshop on "Making Test Items Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired." Twenty-two individuals from across the country participated in this workshop at APH on August 8-9, facilitated by Dr. Carol Allman. Participants included test publishers, item developers, APH Ex Officio Trustees, state assessment personnel, alternate assessment instructors, test administrators, school psychologists, and graduate students.

Presenters were Research and Accessible Tests staff, as well as Jacqui Kearns, invited guest speaker from the National Alternate Assessment Center located at the University of Kentucky. Topics addressed were alternate assessments for severely cognitively impaired students, universal design, federal and state laws, low vision, guidelines for large print, braille, tactile graphics, and audio formats; production issues, test-related tools and materials, and more.

Audio recordings of select presentations will be available in the near future on the APH website.

In Touch With Knowledge Tours Texas

The Texas School for the Blind in Austin, Texas continued its year long celebration of its 150th anniversary this summer by including a showing of the Callahan Museum’s major traveling exhibit, "In Touch With Knowledge." Installed in Dorm K at the school in Austin, Texas, "In Touch" is open to the public throughout August and September. Call Gloria Bennett at (512) 454-8631 to reserve a visiting time or request teaching materials.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was created by the Texas legislature in August 1856 as the Blind Institute in the home of W. L. Hill. Dr. S. W. Baker was the first superintendent. By 1857, the school had three students and was on its way. You can learn more about the school’s anniversary celebrations at

A traveling exhibit from the Callahan Museum may be used to draw attention to your school or organization. In addition to "In Touch," which celebrates the history of education for people with visual impairments, the Callahan Museum circulates smaller tabletop exhibit on historic braillewriters, schools, and efforts to secure a standard alphabet for the blind. To find out more, call Anne Rich at (502)899-2364 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Welcome to New APH Ex Officio Trustees!

Angelique Small, Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind & Multi-Disabled, replacing Darlene White.

Laurie Megard, South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. replacing Virginia Miller.

Yvonne Ali, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO), replacing T. J. Hunt.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


September 6-7, 2006
Kentucky Department of Education, KCCT Bias Review Committee Meeting;
Lexington, KY

September 12-13, 2006
NIMAS Development Committee Meeting;
Dallas, TX

September 14-15, 2006
Math Products for Low Vision Students-NIP Event;
Watertown, NY

September 21-24, 2006
Envision 2006 Low Vision Conference;
Kansas City, MO

September 26-29, 2006
Legislative Visits on Capitol Hill;
Washington, DC

September 27-28, 2006
7th Annual Envisioning The Future: Big East Educational Coop;
Ashland, KY


October 12-14, 2006
APH Annual Meeting;
Louisville, KY

October 17-24, 2006
SEMC Annual Meeting;
Chattanooga, TN

October 18, 2006
In Sight and Into Sight Conference;
White Plains, NY

October 18, 2006
In-service for the New York Commission for the Blind;
Orange County, NY

October 19-22, 2006
DEC 2006;
Little Rock, AR

October 24-26, 2006

October 26-27, 2006
Unity Conference-17th Annual;
Nashville, TN


November 3-4, 2006
Utah AER Conference 2006;

November 8-11, 2006
TASH 2006;
Baltimore, MD

November 9-11, 2006
MACRT-ASERT Professional Development Conference 2006;
Atlanta, GA

November 12-14, 2006
American Psychology Task Force Meeting;
Washington, DC

Art History Through Touch and Sound

European Modernism 1900-1940: 1-09001-00 — $69.00
Art of Ancient Egypt: 1-09002-00 — $69.00
Building Blocks of Art: 1-09003-00 — $69.00
African Art: 1-09004-00 — $69.00
Baroque Art of the 17th Century: 1-09005-00 — $69.00
Greek Art Bronze and Iron Ages: 1-09006-00 — $69.00

In honor of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month we are lowering the price on this popular art education series. This multisensory system uses sight, sound, and touch to convey the richness of the world of art to people who are blind or visually impaired. The kit includes:

  • Diagram manual with printed images of artwork and corresponding tactile representations
  • Cassette tapes that guide you through the tactile diagrams
  • Teacher’s supplement on PC-formatted floppy disk

Why Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month

The main focus of this Awareness Month is to familiarize parents, educators, and school and museum administrators with the benefits of art activities and museum visits for children with sight loss, and with using art to foster braille literacy. During Awareness Month, staff members are trained on sensitivity and accessibility, blind and sighted people are invited to participate in educational and art activities, and museums and schools lacking art programs for blind and visually impaired patrons and students are challenged to develop them.

Why teach art history or art making to people who are blind or visually impaired?

Sighted and blind people alike benefit from the critical thinking skills, language skills, cooperative learning, and general life enrichment provided by studying art history. Among the benefits unique to blind individuals are braille-reading skills, mobility and map-reading skills, and tactile-exploration skills, all of which contribute significantly to a person’s academic and professional success.

Learn more: visit

APH Braille Book Corner

APH is now offering a number of new 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.

Dinner for Two
by Mike Gayle: T-N1574-20 — $59.50
Dave Harding copes with his wife’s miscarriage and his own unemployment by taking a job at a teen magazine, but a young girl claiming to be his daughter could threaten his marriage. (Adult — Fiction)

Murder is No Mitzvah
edited by Abigail Browning: T-N1577-80 — $75.00
Short mysteries set against a background of Jewish culture and tradition. (Adult — Fiction)

Scattered Shadows: A Memoir of Blindness and Vision
by John Howard Griffin: T-N1575-10 — $76.00
The author recounts losing his sight in 1947 from a war injury and unexpectedly recovering it ten years later. Some strong language. (Adult — Non-Fiction)

Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32
by Joan W. Blos: T-N1577-40 — $26.00
A New Hampshire farm girl writes about quilting, berrying, her new stepmother, and helping a runaway slave. Newbery Medal. (*AR #221, RL 6.7, Points: 5.0)

*Accelerated Reader number, reading level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January APH News or

APH News Credits

Dr. Tuck Tinsley

Malcolm Turner, APH Web Site 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
  • Brian Dougherty, Graphic Designer, Communications
  • Barbara Henderson, Tests and Assessments Project Leader
  • Mike Hudson, Museum Director
  • Becki Moody, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services
  • Artina Paris-Jones, Assistant, Field Services
  • Debbie Willis, Director, Accessible Tests

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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