APH Press Release
Blinded Veterans Group holds National Conference in Louisville; will visit American Printing House for the Blind, August 17 and August 21
Louisville, KY (August 13, 2015) – Hundreds of veterans from across the country will gather in Louisville August 17-21 for the Blinded Veterans of America’s national conference. Visit BVA for more information. They will hear from Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson, participate in information sessions, learn about new technology for those who are blind and visually impaired, and visit some of Louisville’s iconic attractions. Since many of the veterans have used products from American Printing House for the Blind, they will visit the facility on Frankfort Avenue.
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) involvement
- APH will host tours for the veterans and their families on Monday, August 17 from 2:00- 4:00 pm and on Friday, August 21, from 1:00- 3:00 pm. The 280,000 square foot facility houses areas for design and production of braille, large print, and educational aids (such as tactile maps) as well as eleven recording studios, a museum, and a national Hall of Fame of Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field will be of particular interest since several of the inductees have been associated with BVA.
- Ken Perry, President of BVA’s Kentucky regional group, and a designer of accessible software and other technology products at APH, invited the national group to Kentucky and has helped with the planning. He will make presentations at two conference sessions, “All things Android” and “GPS and Bookreader.” He wrote the software for the Orion TI 84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator, a collaborative effort with Texas Instruments, Orion and APH that gives those who are blind easier access to advanced math functions (see how it works TI 84 Demo)
- Mike Hudson, APH Museum Director, will present and the contributions of the late Father Thomas A. Carroll. A pioneer in the field of blind rehabilitation, Father Carroll also served as the BVA National Chaplin for 25 years, and is one of those elected into the Hall of Fame at APH.
- APH is co-sponsor of the BVA President’s Reception that opens the conference on Tuesday evening. APH President Tuck Tinsley III will address the group.
About the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
In 1879 the U.S. Congress passed the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. This act designates APH as the official supplier of educational materials to all students in the U.S. who meet the definition of blindness and are working at less than college level. Founded in 1858, APH is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. It is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, visit www.aph.org