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American Printing House for the Blind Slated to Receive Federal Funding Increase

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 14, 2018) – The US Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on budget recommendations for the 2019 fiscal year Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHSE) bill. This includes $30,431,000 for the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and represents a $3 million increase for APH from fiscal year 2018. Final passage of the bill will occur during the week of September 24, when President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

Craig Meador, President of APH, said, “We are extremely grateful to Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell for supporting APH’s “Keep the Promise” campaign by securing this significant increase for APH. The majority of this funding will go directly to Federal Quota Accounts in each state and will provide life changing educational tools and materials for students who are blind or visually impaired. We look forward to working with the US Congress next year to secure the second installment in this 5-year campaign.”

A portion of this increase – $1,000,000 – will establish a regional partnership with an educational institution to train teachers of the visually impaired and students who are blind or have low vision. The focus of this training will be on how to use educational technology developed by APH, ensuring that these technologies are fully utilized. The partnership will create a model program which can be replicated throughout the country.

About APH and “Keep the Promise” – A non-profit organization, the American Printing House for the Blind has partnered with the federal government since passage of the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind in 1879 to provide accessible educational tools and materials for students who are blind or visually impaired across the US who are working below college level. Launched in 2018, the national “Keep the Promise” campaign is designed to increase per-capita funding for students with vision loss to $1,000 per student by 2024. Funding for FY2018 is $305 per student.