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APH Hosts Free Event to Celebrate Louis Braille’s Birthday

January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month

Louisville, KY – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, is partnering with Alliance Française de Louisville to host a celebration in honor of Louis Braille’s birthday on Saturday, January 7 from 12:30pm until 2:30pm. Attendees will celebrate the achievements and the legacy of Louis Braille, the inventor of the code used worldwide by those who are blind to read and write. Because Louis was born in Paris, the birthday party will feature all things French. Participants will sample French cheese and bread, and petit fours, enjoy music played by Louisville violinist Barbara Henning, and hear poetry from the period.

This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call (502) 899-2213, e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required, by January 5 to register, or visit for more information.

About the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

The Museum, where visitors experience hands-on history, is open Monday through Saturday. It is located on the second floor of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. For more information, visit or call (502) 895-2405 ext. 365 or ext 213.

About the Alliance Française de Louisville

The Alliance Française de Louisville is an organization dedicated to providing programs and services that engage our community in the language and cultures of French-speaking peoples. For more information visit

About the American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest nonprofit 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 including computer software and other technology items. 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. 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