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United States Department of Education Director to Present Keynote Address at APH Annual Meeting

LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 28, 2011 – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will hold its 143rd meeting of Ex Officio Trustees titled “Running Strong Since 1858” at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky, October 13-15, 2011. Ms. Annette Reichman, Director/Liaison, Office of Special Institutions, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the United States Department of Education, will present the keynote address on Thursday, October 13 at 6:00pm.

Reichman, of Silver Spring, Md., previously was chief of the Deafness and Communicative Disorders Branch, of the U.S. Department of Education, where she worked with state vocational rehabilitation agencies to promote employment opportunities for deaf, deaf/blind, late deafened, or hard-of-hearing youths and adults. She was project officer for two national Interpreter Training Programs federal grants and was primary liaison with the Social Security Administration on several legislative issues related to vocational rehabilitation consumers who are deaf. She is a member of the Deaf-REACH Board of Directors and the Maryland Governor’s Advisory Board on Telecommunications Relay.

She has received the Outstanding Service Award from the Arizona Deaf Senior Citizens Coalition and the Eugene Peterson Service Award on Exceptional Direct Services to Low Functioning Deaf from the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gallaudet University; a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling with the deaf from the University of Arizona; and a post-baccalaureate certificate of completion from the Post-Employment Training Administration of Programs Serving Consumers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing program from San Diego State University.

Approximately 400 people from across the country are expected to attend APH’s Annual Meeting at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville. For more information, visit

About APH Ex Officio Trustees and the Annual Meeting

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’s 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 APH

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(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 website ( 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. APH products can be ordered through Louis.

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