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APH to Host a Free “Maphead Workshop”

Louisville, KY (October 30, 2013) – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a free Maphead Workshop on Saturday, November 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mapheads are people who study atlases with endless fascination and who prefer to find their way with a diagram of streets rather than a list of directions. Maps are, for people who are blind or visually impaired, even more important, because maps help them understand the layout of any environment, from a room in a building to the countries of the world and the stars in the sky. In this workshop, participants of all ages will learn how the blind “see” maps with their fingertips, examine some of the tactile maps used by those who are blind, and make personal maps for their fingertips using tactile materials. The event is free, but space is limited, so registrations are required. Call (502) 899-2213 by November 14 to register.

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. More information is at or call (502) 895-2405, ext. 365, weekdays.

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 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, 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