APH Press Release
Random Acts of Kindness Proponent, Dr. Chuck Wall, Bakersfield, California, to Present Keynote Address at APH Annual Meeting October 8
Louisville, Ky., September 25, 2015 – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will hold its 147rd meeting of Ex Officio Trustees at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky, October 8-10, 2015.
Chuck Wall, Ph.D., will present the keynote address on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 pm. Dr. Wall’s talk with explore the concept of the benefits of the “random act of kindness.”
In 1993, Dr. Wall, then a professor teaching in Business School at Bakersfield College, heard a yet another news report about a “random act of senseless violence.” He decided that these negative actions might be countered by focusing on actions that were just the opposite. He gave his students the assignment to go out and commit one random act of senseless kindness, write about it and analyze their experience and that of the recipient. The students’ reactions were overwhelmingly positive. What started as a single website in 1993 has taken on a life of its own and become an international movement and resulted in the founding of a nonprofit organization, Kindness, Inc, staffed completely by volunteers. Visit the site to learn more http://www.kindnessusa.org/
Dr. Wall, who is blind, has received international acclaim for his creation of the “random act of kindness” movement which has resulted in some 350 television and radio appearances including the Oprah Show, CNN, and The Hour of Power. He has been honored by the U.S. House of Representatives for his humanitarian work and has worked for the President of the United States developing a stage production about the future of America. He has authored or co-authored six books and numerous articles.
Over 400 people from across the country are expected to hear Dr. Wall’s talk at APH’s Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville. For more information, visit www.aph.org.
More about Dr. Chuck Wall
- Earned Ph.D. in combined fields of Management and Educational Administration from UCLA
- B.A. and M.B.A. from San Francisco State University in the areas of management, marketing, and group dynamics.
About APH Ex Officio Trustees and the Annual Meeting
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. APH’s 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 manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also 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.