Visit Our House!

APH Press Release

APH Winner of Kentucky Derby Festival’s ‘Charity of the Year Award’

Louisville, KY (July 23, 2013) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) was awarded the title “Charity of the Year” for 2013 by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation (KDFF).

This year, a record number of charities participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Charity Module Program and together 30 charitable organizations raised more than $277,800.The APH team, consisting of 20 participants, raised over $23,500 to help fund APH’s Print/Braille Book Program, which provides blind and visually impaired preschoolers across the country with free accessible books. Participants in the Festival were able to raise funds with either individual runners or teams of runners who participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and the miniMarathon.

The Run to Independence Committee at APH worked hard to recruit national participants, local community members, and involve the company’s more than 300 employees in the fund raising process. Their efforts included the What a Feat Award given to the individual who raised the most money, a $25 gift card in return for every $250 an individual raised, and prize drawings for attendance at monthly Run to Independence Committee meetings. Additionally, APH offered a training coach and weekend runs/walks to get participants involved and prepared for the Marathon and miniMarathon. APH had 20 participating runners on race day.

The award was presented to APH at a luncheon for the participating charities following the Kentucky Derby Festival and the marathons. “The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation is honored to present the American Printing House for the Blind with the 2013 Charity of the Year Award,” said Rip Hatfield, KDFF Chair. “Since 2010, when APH first became an official charity of the miniMarathon/Marathon road races, they have done an outstanding job of recruiting runners and teaching them how to raise money on behalf of APH. They have, in essence, done it the right way. KDFF is proud to be affiliated with a charity that does so much good for the Louisville community and we look forward to partnering with them in the years to come.”

APH has participated in the Festival’s Run to Independence charity program for the past 3 years, and since 2010 they have doubled their annual donation. Donations can still be made online at Run to Independence.

For more information about APH, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to

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.