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APH to Host 146th Annual Conference: Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests to be held October 16 – 18, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 8, 2014) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will hold its 146th meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and special guests at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, October 16-18, 2014. Approximately 400 people from across the country are expected to attend. The meeting’s theme is “Full Steam Ahead.” Reservations are required for most of the events, but some (noted below) are open free to the public. Pre-conference and conference highlights include:

Friday October 17, 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM,

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Other events include:
Fourteenth Annual APH Prison Braille Forum – Wednesday, October 15, 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM

Professionals in the fields of vision and corrections across the country who operate braille production businesses behind prison walls will gather for the 14th annual National Prison Braille Forum. This day-long gathering, which is held each year in conjunction with the APH Annual Meeting, brings together vision and corrections professionals to discuss issues related to braille production operations housed in corrections facilities. Anyone interested in learning about prison braille programs and the National Prison Braille Network (NPBN) should contact Roberta Williams.

APH InSights 2014 – Open to the public on Thursday, October 16, from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Friday, October 17, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday, October 18, from 8:00 AM until noon
This exhibition of artwork by artists who are blind or visually impaired features eighty-seven artworks by artists from across the U. S.. This is the twenty-third year for the competition. Participants range from preschool children to senior citizens, and include professional artists as well as hobbyists and school art classes. Judges selected the art works from over 300 entries in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.

New Product Exhibit – Open to the public on Thursday, October 16, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Friday, October 17, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, October 189, from 8:00 AM – noon
This exhibition features new products produced by APH for children and adults who are visually impaired (large print, braille, electronic tools, and software).

APH InSights Art Awards Banquet and 2014 Hall of Fame Induction, Friday, October 17, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
On this special evening we will honor our APH InSights Art Award winners and celebrate the addition of two new members to the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field with the inductions of Michael T. Collins (1947- 2008) and Newel Perry (1873 – 1961)

Related meetings
Since APH is a focal point for issues in the field of blindness, several other national groups hold their annual meetings the day before or during APH’s annual meeting in order to allow their members to attend both activities. These include the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB), the Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB), and seven other national organizations.


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 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.


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 produces textbooks, magazines, and other items in braille, large print, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products, including tactile maps and accessible software for computers. APH’s 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 tool to help locate accessible books available from over 160 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