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National “Creative Use of Braille Award” to be Given to Nationally Acclaimed Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band

Louisville, KY (October 3, 2013) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will present the “Creative Use of Braille Award” to the Ohio State School for the Blind marching band (OSSBMB) at APH’s Annual Meeting on Friday, October 18 during General Session II, at 1:30 PM. The award was established to recognize significant accomplishments in the development of products, ideas or promotional efforts that increase the availability of braille. OSSBMB is the only marching band of blind and visually impaired students in the entire country.

The OSSBMB was formed in 2005, and played during the halftime shows for the Ohio School for the Deaf football games. Since then, they have received numerous honors, including the National Citation of Excellence from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music fraternity. They received national media attention in 2010 when they marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

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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 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) 899-2357 or log on to