APH Press Release
Dorinda Rife Selected as Vice President of Educational Services and Product Development for American Printing House for the Blind
April 6, 2016, Louisville, KY – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired, is pleased to announce that Dorinda Rife has accepted the position of Vice President of Educational Services and Product Development.
Dorinda is responsible for the supervision and direction for Educational Services, which includes: Field Services, Resource Services, Communications, Accessible Tests and Textbooks, and Customer Relations. She will also provide supervision and direction for the four departments in Product Development including, Product and Technology Product Research, Technical and Manufacturing Research, and Accessible Tests and Textbooks. Dorinda brings the unique perspective of being a user of APH products, and Ex Officio Trustee for two schools for the blind, and a collaborator with agencies and organizations across the United States.
Dorinda comes to APH from Watertown, Massachusetts where she was Executive Director: National Educational Programs and Superintendent of Perkins School for the Blind.
She started her teaching career in high school language arts in Stanfield, Oregon but soon pursued a degree in field of Visual Impairment. After earning a degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Dorinda spent many years as an itinerant teacher in Colorado and Arizona. She has spent the past 18 years working as an administrator in Arizona and Massachusetts.
- Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, B.A. in Secondary Education, Language Arts, 1982
- University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, M. A. in Special Education: Visually Handicapped; Orientation and Mobility, Severe/Profound Handicapped Blind,1986
- Completed additional coursework in Crisis Prevention and Intervention, and UEB
- Earned Supervisor, Principal, and Superintendent Certifications, and Low Vision and Rehabilitation Certification
Professional Experience and Awards
- Council of Schools and Services of the Blind Board Member, 2014-2015
- Educational Products Advisory Committee (EPAC) member for the American Printing House for the Blind, 2012-2015
- St. Andrews Clinic Volunteer and Coordinator, 1997-2004, 2015
- Braille Literacy Advisory Committee Member, Massachusetts, 2015
- President, Arizona Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER), 2004-2008
- Margaret Blume Worker of the Year Award Winner, Arizona AER, 2007
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 produces textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats and manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products.
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 www.aph.org.