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Prestigious Migel Medal will be Presented to Tuck Tinsley III at APH’s Annual Meeting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 6, 2010) – Tuck Tinsley III, President of The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), will be presented with the 2010 Migel Professional Award during the Awards Ceremony of the 142nd meeting of APH’s Ex Officio Trustees on Thursday, October 14th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Galt House Hotel & Suites. It will be presented by Carl R. Augusto, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and is one of the highest honors in the blindness field.

Dr. Tuck Tinsley’s visionary leadership of the American Printing House for the Blind for over 20 years has guided the company to an era of collaboration with the entire field of blindness. By refocusing APH on its original mission of providing accessible textbooks, while opening the doors to the field and inviting adaptive product ideas, Dr. Tinsley has profoundly impacted the education of students who are blind and visually impaired. Among his accolades, he has received COSB’s William H. English Leadership Award, the VisionServe Alliance Excellence in Leadership Award, the Kentucky AER Exceptional Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Business and Industry by the Florida State University College of Education. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation and the World Blind Union.


In 1879, the U. S. Congress passed the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. This act set up a system to provide free schoolbooks and other materials for blind students and named the American Printing House for the Blind as the national central source of these educational materials. The system through which these specialized materials are distributed is known as the Federal Quota Program. American Printing House for the Blind Ex Officio Trustees are responsible for overseeing the implementation of this program in the various states and regions they represent. The Ex Officio Trustees come to Louisville each year for the Annual Meeting to provide insight and exchange information about developments in the field of blindness. "Special guests" such as parents, teachers, and administrators and other educators involved with the field of blindness also attend this meeting.

About the American Foundation for the Blind:

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online at


The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible web site ( features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to