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Help us help you.

When we develop products, it’s always good to hear from the people who use them so we can make sure we’re hitting our mark. And because our egos are (mostly) in check, we like to collaborate with other inventors to help them get their products ready for market. It’s all just part of our mission to make the world a more accessible place where people with vision loss and multiple disabilities can lead the most independent and productive lives possible. Keep reading to see how you can get involved.

Test a Product

As a product tester, you’ll be providing a great service to not just us, but to the entire community with vision loss by making sure our designs are not only useful, but easy-to-use. All you need to do is qualify and we’ll get in touch with some instruction and some products to test.

Take a Survey

Surveys help inform us of the greatest needs in the community so we can gear our efforts on making sure those needs are met. Select the button below to learn about our latest survey.

Suggest a Product

We work with inventors regularly to help them flesh out their ideas to the point where they have products ready for manufacture. So, if you have a product idea, we’d love to hear from you.

Studies and Focus Groups

  • APH continues to work with researchers at Portland State University (PSU) to learn more about wayfinding and “seamless” indoor-outdoor navigation for people with visual impairments. On December 8 and 9, APH staff Elizabeth Schaller and Denise Snow will travel to the PSU campus to assist with the route-based navigation study. Participants will rely on two types of wayfinding tools—tactile maps and navigation apps—to navigate real world travel scenarios. Students from Washington State School for the Blind will be among the study participants.

    APH is credited as a collaborator on the research project’s recently published, peer-reviewed article, “Wayfinding Tools for People With Visual Impairments in Real-World Settings: A Literature Review of Recent Studies.” You can download the article from the Frontiers in Education website.

    This research is funded in part by a grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at PSU.

    If you live in or around Portland, Oregon, and know of any visually impaired individuals who might be interested in participating in our study, please reach out to Dr. Amy Parker at atp5@pdx.edu.

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