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September 2009

Exciting APH Products Announced!

Read on to learn about these great APH products – now available!

Photo of the MathBuilders Unit 8 kit

Have you registered for your "Keys to Success?"

Keys to Success 2009 Annual Meeting October 15-17

The 141st APH Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests

Jane Erin
Jane Erin
Kay Ferrell
Kay Ferrell
Phil Hatlen
Phil Hatlen
Chase Crispin
Chase Crispin
Larry Skutchan
Larry Skutchan
Euclid Herie
Euclid Herie
Dean Tuttle
Dean Tuttle

There is still time to make your reservations for the 2009 APH Annual Meeting, to be held at the historic Seelbach Hotel in downtown Louisville October 15 -17! Highlights include the opening session on Thursday evening in the beautiful Muhammad Ali Center, featuring invited keynote speaker Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. There will also be many opportunities to learn about new and upcoming products and to honor APH Wings of Freedom recipient Phil Hatlen, Hall of Fame inductees Dean Tuttle and Euclid Herie, Zickel Award winner Samir Azer, and many of the APH InSights Art award-winning artists.

In addition to all of the above, a general session will cover the latest information and research on topics such as braille, with Jane Erin; low vision, with Kay Ferrell; and the expanded core curriculum, with Phil Hatlen.

Joining our Research Department Project Leaders in sessions on new and planned products will be a number of product consultants, including Donna Brostek Lee (MI), Derrick Smith (AL), LeAnn Nannen (AR), Kay Ratzlaff (FL), Millie Smith (TX), Patricia Williams, (CA), and Chase Crispin (NE). Chase, our 12 year old YOUTUBE star, will join Larry Skutchan in two sessions detailing the Braille+ Suite of products.

New this year–you can register online and use your credit card to pay! The registration form, the on-line hotel registration link, an evolving tentative agenda, and other information are available at the APH Annual Meeting web page.

We have extended our APH registration deadline by one week to September 18. Please know that although this date will help us with event planning and assure that your name will appear in the program book, you will be able to register even later if there is a need. The reservation deadline for the Seelbach Hotel also has been extended one week, to Friday, September 18. Questions? Contact Cindy Amback, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Jane Erin to Facilitate 2009 Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field Induction Ceremony

After a brief welcome and history of the Hall by Governing Board Chair Jim Deremeik, Dr. Jane Erin will have the honor of inducting two giants of our field into the Hall of Fame: Dr. Euclid Herie and Dr. Dean Tuttle. For additional information on these inductees, please visit the news page of the Hall of Fame website.

The Use of Federal Quota Registration Data

Dr. Tuck Tinsley, APH President

The primary purpose of the Federal Quota Registration conducted by the American Printing House for the Blind is to determine the number of students eligible for adapted educational materials made available through the 1879 Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. Categories for which data are gathered include grade placement, primary reading media, and program type (e.g., school for the blind). These data provide guidance in the research and development of products and are used to establish production capacities.

A statement in the document released by the National Federation of the Blind in March, 2009, The Braille Literacy Crisis in America, has been quoted in newsletters and other communications by a number of agencies and schools for the blind. The document has also stimulated questions about the use of data from APH’s Federal Quota Registration.

The statement, on the second paragraph of the first page, sets the focus of the document: "Nearly 90 percent of America’s blind children are not learning to read and write because they are not being taught Braille or given access to it." That may or may not be accurate. In either case, the statement cannot be substantiated by data from APH’s Quota registration, as is the apparent attempt with the statement on page 8 of the document, "The American Printing House for the Blind estimates the Braille literacy rate among children to be around 10 percent." This is incorrect because the data collected by APH do not provide, and have never provided, an estimate of the braille literacy rate of children.

Of the 59,355 students registered in 2009, 5,560 (9%) were registered as "students primarily using braille in their studies," yet we do not know how many are being taught braille or how many are literate in braille. Likewise, 15,914 students (27%) were registered as "students primarily using print in their studies"; however, none may be literate visual readers, all may be literate visual readers, or half may be literate braille readers. Similarly, we cannot determine the number of students who should be taught using braille or print.

The Federal Quota Registration consists of five reporting codes to register the "primary reading medium" of each student, as follows:

Reporting Code Primary Reading Medium
V Visual Readers: Student primarily using print in their studies
B Braille Readers: Students primarily using braille in their studies
A Auditory Readers: Students primarily using a reader or auditory materials in their studies
P Prereaders: Students working on or toward a readiness level; infants, preschoolers, or older students with reading potential
N Nonreaders: Nonreading students; students who show no reading potential; students who do not fall into any of the above categories

Statements regarding student literacy, use of appropriate learning media, and students taught in a specific medium cannot be supported by Federal Quota Registration data.


We’ve listened to your suggestions and concerns and taken the following actions, with federal approval. For the 2010 student registration, we are "streamlining" the process. No longer will you have to list various acuities, etc. From now on you will simply select one of the following TWO possibilities:

  • Meets the Definition of Blindness (MDB) is the primary category for eligible students and indicates a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with best correction and/or a peripheral field so contracted that the widest diameter of such field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees. Diseases of the eye are NOT acceptable reporting codes.
  • Functions at the Definition of Blindness (FDB) is a category indicating blindness due to brain injury or dysfunction. A student whose visual performance is reduced by a brain injury or dysfunction may be considered blind for educational purposes when visual function meets the definition of blindness as determined by an eye care specialist or neurologist. Students in this category manifest unique visual characteristics often found in conditions referred to as neurological, cortical, or cerebral visual impairment.

All rules regarding eligibility and documentation remain the same. This will be detailed in the upcoming Registration Booklet.


Less than a month remains to spend your 2009 Federal Quota allocation! Your orders must be received by phone, mail, web or fax by 4:00 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME on Wednesday, September 30 to be counted as 2009 orders. The WEB system will be shut down at 4:00 p.m. on that date. Please keep in mind that unlike last year, your remaining balance will NOT remain in your account after September 30 but will be equally redistributed across all accounts.

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National Panel Reviews APH Products

For the 3rd consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education, led by Annette Reichman, has established an Expert Review Panel for the purpose of evaluating the quality, relevance, and utility of APH research. The panel review is one of several factors included in the evaluation of APH’s role in administering the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind.

Product Review Panel
Left to Right: James R. Durst, Indiana School for the Blind; Dr. Kay Alicyn Ferrell, University of Northern Colorado; Dr. Joseph M. Petrosko, University of Louisville; Annette Reichman, Director/Liaison, Office of Special Institutions, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Cay Holbrook, panel facilitator, University of British Columbia; Jane E. Farber, Outreach Program, Maryland School for the Blind; Dr. Christopher J. Craig, Missouri State University; and Jill Griffiths, Big East Educational Cooperative, Ashland, Kentucky. Suzanne A. Dalton, Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired, is not pictured.

Tell It Like It Is!

You are invited to give your feedback through the 2009 Satisfaction Survey of Users of APH Products

"And that’s the way it is."–Walter Cronkite 1916-2009

Just because "that’s the way it is" does not mean that it cannot be improved! We at APH are serious about our commitment to continuous improvement and believe that "If it ain’t broke, we can still make it better." With that in mind, we invite you to help us take stock of our performance and improve our products and services. One way you can do this is by sharing your thoughts and suggestions and experiences through honest feedback.

To assure that our directions and decisions are grounded in the needs and priorities of the users of our products, we actively gather the voices of our customers in a wide variety of ways, and we weave them into our decision-making. This annual performance survey is designed to accomplish several key purposes:

  • To measure our performance in order to improve our programs, processes, and products;
  • To gather new product ideas as well as suggestions about existing APH products;
  • To collect APH performance data for the US Department of Education.

We encourage all of you who have used our products in an education or rehabilitation setting within the last year to take a few minutes to measure our performance and to give us your input through the 2009 Satisfaction Survey of Users of APH Products. This 7-question, on-line survey will be available on our website at through September 9, 2009.

APH counts on you to tell us how we are doing, what is working, and what we need to improve. Your honest feedback about our performance and product effectiveness helps us move from "the way it is" to "the way it needs to be." Simply put, your input does make a difference.

All responses will remain confidential.

For more information, contact: Mary Nelle McLennan at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Start the school year being healthy!

picture of the MyPyramid Cut and Paste sheet, featuring five triangles to be cut out to form the food pyramid
Elementary students cut these shapes out…
picture of the MyPyramid page, showing the empty spaces where students are to paste the triangles from the Cut and Paste sheet
…and paste them here.
picture of the MyPyramid thermoformed sheet
Thermoformed aid for secondary students.

APH has the Tactile Food Pyramid ready to field test in your classroom. Adapted with permission from The Nutrition Center at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Tactile Food Pyramid is available in two formats: Primary (elementary) Level and Secondary (middle and high school) Level.

The Primary Level combines art class with nutrition; students gradually build their tactile pyramid as they learn about the different food groups. When completed, it is ready to hang on the wall.

The Secondary Level is a thermoformed educational aid meant to supplement nutrition and daily living lessons.

Each set of desktop-sized pyramids comes with a wall poster for the entire class to enjoy.

Are you hungry to try this new product?

Email Tristan Pierce at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Bon Appétit!

Natalie Barraga Launches the Revision of Her Classic Work!

Millie Smith, Lead Consultant; Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader; and Ralph Bartley, Director of Research, traveled to Austin, Texas, the first week of August to launch the revision of the Program to Develop Efficiency in Visual Functioning. Dr. Natalie Barraga and four members of the newly established Advisory Panel met at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) for 2 days of intense work. The Advisory Panel is fortunate to be supported by three members of the original team who created the product in 1978: Dr. Barraga, Millie Smith (TX), and Bill Daugherty (TX). New members of the team are Amanda Lueck (CA), Deborah Orel-Bixel (CA), Rona Pogrund (TX), Cecilia Robinson (TX), Christine Roman (PA), Penny Rosenblum (AZ), LaRhea Sanford (TN), and Irene Topper (AZ). Panel members who were unable to travel to Austin participated via e-mail prior to the work sessions. Energizing discussions kept the panel working strong both days; the panel reviewed the existing product, created new outlines for the product revision, and delegated initial project assignments. Many thanks to Dr. Barraga for opening her home to greet us and for allowing this ultimate photo. Thanks to APH EOT Bill Daugherty and the staff of TSBVI for graciously hosting this meeting.

Panel members--Back Row: Tristan Pierce, Christine Roman, Bill Daugherty, Rona Pogrund, Ralph Bartley; Front Row: Penny Rosenblum, Natalie Barraga, Millie Smith
Back Row: Tristan Pierce, Christine Roman, Bill Daugherty, Rona Pogrund, Ralph Bartley; Front Row: Penny Rosenblum, Natalie Barraga, Millie Smith

Step-By-Step Instructions on the APH Refreshabraille 18 Now Available!

A Refreshabraille 18 YouTube Tutorial (in two lessons) is now available on YouTube by our student instructor Chase Crispin. Additional lessons will follow.

Making Test Items Accessible

Test Access

The 4th edition of Making Tests Accessible for Students with Visual Impairments: A Guide for Test Publishers, Test Developers and State Assessment Personnel, copyright July 2009, will be available on the APH website this month. This document includes guidelines, information, and resources relevant to braille and tactile graphics, large print test formats and graphics, use of color, audio formats, and much more. The section on accommodations has been updated and a new segment on alternate assessments has been added. A variety of position papers such as use of an abacus during test taking, extended time and accommodations are included in the appendices. For access to this document prior to its availability on the APH website, contact Debbie Willis at email hidden; JavaScript is required

National Prison Braille Network Updates

Cover of the new Prison Braille Program Directory

Directory of Prison Braille Programs Just Released

Since the first Prison Braille Forum, which was held in conjunction with the 2001 Annual Meeting, the professionals working with braille production programs in correctional settings have identified the need for a directory of established programs. APH published a directory in 2004 and has recently updated information and released a 2009 edition. This compilation of data on existing prison braille programs will help programs market their services, and it will enable individuals and agencies in need of braille materials to identify and contact potential sources. In addition, anyone interested in starting or improving a program can contact experienced professionals through this directory.

A limited number of print copies are available upon request, and the document will be available soon as a free download in a print or braille format from the APH website. Check the website in coming weeks for its electronic release.

9th Annual Prison Braille Forum

If you would like to attend the 2009 Prison Braille Forum in Louisville on Wednesday, October 14, being held in conjunction with the APH Annual Meeting, there’s still time to register–September 11 is the pre-registration deadline. Detailed information, as well as the registration form, is available online at

For more information about the Forum or the Prison Braille Program Directory, contact Becky Snider at 800-223-1839, ext. 356 or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

APH Blows Into Windy City

APH was pleased to participate as vendors at the recent Discovery Low Vision Conference in Chicago, IL. Consumers, family members, and professionals gathered August 19-20 to attend sessions on skills and technology for living with low vision, gather information on current medical trends, learn new orientation and mobility techniques, and visit the exhibit hall. The APH Compact+ was a highlight of the APH exhibit, as were the Address Earth atlas and the Colorino. APH Field Services Representative Monica Turner presented a session demonstrating products for functional vision assessment, including ToAD, ISAVE, and the FVLMA.

Fees Reduced in Half for Traveling Exhibit

Photo of one of the kiosks in the exhibit

Since 2002, APH has offered its major traveling exhibit, "In Touch With Knowledge" for loan to museums and schools across America. "In Touch" tells the history of education for people with vision loss in an exciting, accessible way that touches all the senses. After more than seven years on the road and twenty installations in seventeen states, the exhibit’s life cycle is coming to an end. The APH Museum has decided to redesign its major outreach program and "In Touch" will come off the road in 2011. To celebrate the success of the exhibit, and to acknowledge the few scratches the show has accumulated in its years of spreading the story of literacy and learning, APH announced in August that the loan fees for the exhibit will be reduced for its final two years on the road. Don’t miss out on your chance to touch and see this unique exhibit at a savings of 50% off the original rates.

Revised Rental fees: 8 weeks, $2,000; 12 weeks, $2,500; 16 weeks, $3,000.

If your organization lacks space for the exhibit, try co-hosting the exhibit with a library, university, museum, community center, government agency, theatre lobby, church social hall, or art gallery. Emphasize the importance of the exhibit to your community–an educational experience that builds disability awareness and showcases the important contributions of your organization and the field of blindness education. For more information about our exhibits program, contact Mike Hudson at 502-899-2365 or look on our website at

The M.C. Migel Library

The M.C. Migel Library APH Continues the AFB Legacy

One of the finest collections of blindness related materials in America is coming to Frankfort Avenue! In late August, the American Foundation for the Blind announced that it will transfer the bulk of its Migel Library Collection to the American Printing House for the Blind. The Migel Library, founded in the 1920s, has been described as the largest collection of non-medical research material on blindness in the world. It was named to honor the first AFB Board Chair, M.C. Migel. For many years, researchers accessed the collection at the Foundation’s Manhattan headquarters. AFB decided to transfer the library last spring and sought a partner with adequate facilities, and an equal commitment to preservation and accessibility. APH submitted a proposal, which was approved by the Foundation’s leadership in July.

The AFB Migel Memorial Collection will be available to the public sometime in early 2010, following necessary time to inventory, process, and prepare finding aids. Researchers will enjoy the spacious reading room in the APH Barr Library, right next to the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends. The roughly 40,000 books, magazines, pamphlets, and essays will join other significant collections at APH including the Barr’s collection of professional research materials, the APH Museum Collection documenting the history of education for the blind, the AER Warren Bledsoe Orientation and Mobility Archives, and the Braille Authority of North America Archives. For more information contact Julia Myers at email hidden; JavaScript is required or Mike Hudson at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The full news release is available here:

APH Federal Quota News

The final census count for 2009 is 59,358. We will begin phase three, (saving final reports) the first part of September.

APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees

Linda Rosendall, the Maryland State Department of Education, replacing Irina Chernyak.

Anthony R Candela, the Orientation Center for the Blind, replacing Mike Cole.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


September 9-12, 2009
Envision 2009 Conference;
Westin Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX

September 11-12, 2009
TN AER Conference;
Pikeville, TN

September 16-17, 2009
Research in the Rockies: National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities/Braille Research Consortium Planning Meeting;
Baltimore, MD

September 17-18, 2009
South Carolina AER 2009;
North Myrtle Beach, SC

September 22-25, 2009
ION GNSS 2009;
Savannah, GA


October 4-6, 2009
Southeastern Orientation and Mobility Conference (SOMA) 2009;
Charlotte, NC

October 9-11, 2009
Families Conference "A Changing World";
Charleston, WV

October 15-17, 2009
APH 2009 Annual Meeting;
Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, KY

October 19-21, 2009
OSEP Offices, Washington, DC

October 21-22, 2009
NIP Event – FVLMA with LaRhea Sanford;
St Louis, MO

October 28-31, 2009
ATIA 2009 Chicago;
Schaumburg, IL

October 29-31, 2009
National Braille Association Professional Development Conference;
Eugene, OR


November 12-14, 2009
Milwaukee, WI

November 12-15, 2009
Getting In Touch With Literacy Conference 2009;
Costa Mesa, CA


December 4-5, 2009
NIP Event – Administering/Scoring the WJ III for Braille Readers with Lynn Jaffe;
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Tinsley Visits Washington State School for the Blind

The Washington State School for the BlindWSSB Superintendent Dean Stenehjem and APH President Tuck Tinsley stand in front of a safari exhibit at the school

APH President Tuck Tinsley (right) tours beautiful facilities with Superintendent Dean Stenehjem

Sizzling Summer Savings

APH Sizzlin' Summer Savings

Explore a world of savings on selected APH products with APH’s Sizzling Summer Savings! 2009, July 1 – September 30. As always, first come, first served.

New Downloadable Manuals Available

The APH product manuals below are additions to our growing list of free-of-charge downloadable manuals You may print or emboss them as needed. We will continue to package hard copies of these manuals with their products and sell hard copy replacements. We do not keep these manuals in stock, but make them on demand as orders are placed for them; therefore, please allow several weeks for delivery.

A link to the downloadable manuals is now available from the APH Shopping Site under "Customer Service".

StackUps: Teacher’s Guidebook, Braille — 5-08960-00
Tactile Connections: Braille Guidebook — 5-08837-00

Several On-Hold Products Are Back!

We are pleased to announce that more "on-hold" APH products are back in stock! These products were affected by our plastics vendor fire, but are back on the shelf and ready for your orders!

NEW! Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) Homegrown Video

1-30022-DVD — $10.00

Image of the Sensory Learning Kit Homegrown Video DVD cover

Related Products:
Sensory Learning Kit: 1-08611-00 — $499.00

The Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) DVD is the latest addition to APH’s Homegrown Video Series.

This DVD features Sensory Learning Kit author and workshop facilitator Millie Smith as she talks to the viewer about the SLK and as she conducts an assessment with Barb, an adult learner. As Millie talks about the purpose of the SLK, the population of learners for whom it was designed, and its various components, the viewer sees Millie interacting with Barb using different learning media and access items from the kit. This brief overview DVD provides the viewer with information about how the use of the SLK benefits learners at the sensory motor level.

Approximate run time: 20 minutes. Closed Captioned.

REVISED! Listen and Think

Level B: 1-03890-01 — $89.00
Level C: 1-03910-01 — $89.00


Replacement Items:
Multiple-Choice, Multipurpose Answer Sheets (50-pack):
Large Print: 1-04072-00 — $5.50
Braille: 1-04051-00 — $5.50

The content of this classic series is now on audio CDs instead of cassettes. Develop and improve listening comprehension and thinking skills. Advanced levels introduce such concepts as main ideas, summarizing, outlining, and comparing. Each level includes:

  • Introductory material and lessons on CDs
  • 250 each of braille and large print Multiple-Choice, Multipurpose Answer Sheets
  • 50 each of braille and large print Progress Charts
  • 48 plastic crayons and 300 marking pins
  • Regular print teacher’s handbook

Recommended ages: Level B: 7 to 8 years; Level C: 8 to 9 years.

Note: The audiocassette editions of Listen and Think B & C have been discontinued.

NEW! Braille DateBook 2010

1-07899-10 — $66.00

Optional Item:
Additional Filler Paper and Tabs: 1-07897-00 — $10.00

Replacement Item:
Calendar Pages, 2010: 1-07898-10 — $16.00

An attractive planner-organizer designed specifically for braille users! Binder with pockets, 250 sheets of paper, tabbed calendar pages, blank tabs, and stylus.

Recommended ages: 11 years and up.

NEW! EZ Track Calendar 2010

With Binder: 1-07900-10 — $32.50
Inserts only, no binder: 1-07901-10 –$ 28.50

The EZ Track calendar provides a systematic and organized way of keeping track of appointments, holidays, and other events.

Each large print page holds four days, with enough room to write notes and appointments. The calendar comes with a three-ring binder.

NEW! Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing, 5th Edition, 2009

7-59882-00 — $34.00

Instruction manual for braille transcribing.

NEW! Drills Reproduced in Braille, 2009

5-59921-00 — $11.00

Supplement to Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing, 5th Edition, 2009.

CHARGE Syndrome Revisited: How to Deal with Challenging Behaviors and Enhance Communication-CHARGE Syndrome

1-31003-01 — $40.00

Not available with Quota funds.

This CD-ROM by Dr. Jan van Dijk has a new name and catalog number. The former title was "Living with CHARGE." The content and price are the same.

The frequency of behavior problems in children with sensory impairment is greater than in other groups of children. Children with CHARGE Syndrome often have a multitude of physical, sensory, endocrinological, and developmental problems. Therefore, it is likely that a range of behavior problems may develop.

This CD-ROM presents a video on the medical aspects of CHARGE Syndrome, and teaches the viewer to observe and analyze the behavior of five children with CHARGE through the use of video clips and a question/answer section. Numerous overviews of articles by Dr. van Dijk and others are included.

NEW! MathBuilders, Unit 8: Data Collection, Graphing, and Probability/Statistics

Large Print Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in print): 7-03565-00 — $175.00
Braille Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in braille): 5-03565-00 — $175.00

Photo of the MathBuilders Unit 8 kit

Optional Items:

General Guidelines:

Replacement Items:

Teacher’s Guide:

  • Large Print: 7-03565-01 — $59.00
  • Braille: 5-03565-01 — $59.00

Consumables Pack, Braille: 5-03565-02 — $11.00

MathBuilders is a supplementary math program separated into eight units by content standards and grade level. This allows the teacher to focus on specific standards or provide remedial material for individual students. Objectives for each lesson have been aligned with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics from the National Council for Teachers and Mathematics (NCTM).

MathBuilders, Unit 8 includes:

  • Teacher’s guide with lesson plans for grades K-3
  • CD-ROM with General Guidelines for Teaching Math to Young Braille Users
  • 21 student worksheets for additional practice
  • Manipulative parts:
    • Two graphing grids
    • Tactile Graphing Squares – 36 full squares and 9 half squares
    • Spinner with two overlays
    • Embossed Graph Sheets
    • Feel ‘n Peel Stickers — Point Symbols, Alphabet Stickers, and Number Stickers

Two other units are currently available from APH: Unit 1: Matching, Sorting, and Patterning; and Unit 6: Geometry. The remaining 5 units will be announced as they are available for sale.

Note: The General Guidelines publication is included on the CD with every unit. It is not included in print or braille in the kits, but can be purchased separately in large print and braille editions.

Recommended ages: 5 years and up.

WARNING: Choking Hazard–Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.

NEW! Turbo 6 Talking Battery Charger

English Kit: 1-03965-00 — $190.00
Spanish Kit: 1-03965-SP — $190.00

Photo of the Turbo 6 unit with the compartment door closed
Photo of the Turbo 6 unit with the compartment door open

Turbo 6 is available on Quota

Turbo 6 Talking Battery Charger is THE battery charger that tells you what you need to know!

  • Announces the compartment number and charging status of batteries as they are placed in the unit
  • Can announce compartment number and charging status at the press of a button or when charging is complete
  • Charges up to 6 batteries at once
  • Has two charging compartments for flat 9-volt batteries and four compartments for cylindrical AA, AAA, C, or D cells
  • Batteries can be charged in any combination

Note: Turbo 6 charges ONLY the following types of batteries:

  • Nickel-cadmium (NiCad)
  • Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH)
  • Rechargeable alkaline-manganese (RAM)

WARNING: Turbo 6 does not charge any other type of battery! Attempts to charge batteries other than those mentioned above may result in batteries overheating, leaking, exploding, or starting a fire.

The NiCad, NiMH, and RAM batteries to be charged in the Turbo 6 can be identified visually, but feel exactly like batteries of the same size that are not rechargeable. To enjoy the benefits of safely reusing appropriate batteries again and again, a user who is visually impaired must keep rechargeable batteries in a separate container and never allow them to be confused with batteries that cannot be charged in Turbo 6.

APH Braille Book Corner

APH offers a number of 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.

Bully Trouble
by Joanna Cole: T-N1348-60 — $10.00
Eddie, the neighborhood bully, picks on best friends Arlo and Robby, stealing their food whenever he can. But Arlo and Robby come up with a red-hot plan to make him stop. Fiction, Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #7360, BL 2.0, Pts. .05)

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck: T-N8851-00 — $31.50
Lennie, strong but feeble-minded, and George, his responsible friend, are two itinerant laborers during the depression who dream of owning their own farm. Their hopes are shattered when Lennie accidentally kills the boss’s daughter-in-law. Strong language. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #8665, BL 4.5, Pts. 4.0)

Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans
by Thomas Brothers: T-N1661-90 — $140.50
Music professor explores the city of jazz musician Louis Armstrong’s youth, early-twentieth-century New Orleans, which he describes as divided by caste and color even among African Americans. Analyzes the way church music blended with blues and ragtime to create a unique sound. Recounts the influence of Jim Crow laws. Biography.

More than a Dream: Return to Red River, Book 3
by Lauraine Snelling: T-N1674-50 — $96.00
Thorliff Bjorklund, an aspiring journalist attending college in Minnesota, begins thinking of future doctor Elizabeth Rogers as more than a friend. But when tragedy strikes his family in North Dakota, Thorliff returns home to help. Meanwhile, Elizabeth works in a Chicago hospital. Fiction, Senior High and older readers.

Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery
by Mark Norell: T-N1668-20 — $62.50
Paleontology curator at the American Museum of Natural History discusses how the discovery of feathered dinosaur fossils in China blurred the modern distinction between reptiles and birds. Recounts his travels and explores the discovery’s impact on popular culture and scientific understanding of avian flight, prehistoric ecosystems, and evolution.

*Accelerated Reader quiz number, book level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January 2006 APH News or

APH News Credits

Dr. Tuck Tinsley

Malcolm Turner, APH Website Coordinator

Thanks to the following APH staff:

  • Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
  • Janie Blome, Director, Field Services
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Museum
  • Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer, Communications
  • Mary Nelle McLennan, Executive Advisor to the President
  • Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services and NIMAC
  • Tristan Pierce, Project Leader for Multiple Disabilities, Research
  • Karen Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Research
  • Becky Snider, Coordinator, Public Affairs
  • Gwynn Stewart, Administrative Assistant II, Communications
  • Debbie Willis, Director, Accessible Tests

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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