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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

  • Start Date: March 2021 through end of current semester

    Contact: Joseph Hodge, Global Innovations Technology Project Manager. jhodge@aph.org

    Need: Virtual Education and Daily Living Skills Support During Decreased Face-to-Face Interaction

    Proposed Solution: Remote Visual Interpretation Service Offered on Federal Quota

    Our world is vastly different than it was just months before, but education hasn’t stopped – posing unique challenges to individuals who rely on accessible media. Life hasn’t stopped either – requiring more self-independence during this time of social distancing. APH is exploring the possibility of offering a solution to address these unique challenges.

    Seeking participants:

    • Students 18 years of age or older:
      • Student(s) should be a good candidate for using a visual interpreter for education tasks or assisted daily living tasks. (Goal, 2-3 tasks a week or more)
      • Student(s) agrees to meet virtually with APH project leader biweekly
      • Student(s) will log tasks accomplished, or attempted, with visual interpreter service
      • Access to iOS or Android phone or tablet with camera required
      • Internet or data access required
  • A research team from Old Dominion University is seeking participants for a study to examine the physical education experiences of youth with visual impairments. This year-long study will include 2 interviews with a research member, diary entries, monthly email communication, and two short surveys.

    Interviews may be conducted on the phone or via video call. Preference of the participant will be utilized. All data collection will take place electronically, there is no need to meet face-to-face for participation. Participants who complete the study will be offered gift cards up to $250.00.

    Duration: May 2021-April 2022

    Qualifications to participate in the study include:

    • Be between 12-17 years of age.
    • Identify as having a visual impairment.
    • Not have a social, physical, or intellectual impairment.
    • Received physical education in general integrated classes with peers without disabilities.

    For more information, or if you would like to participate, please contact Justin Haegele at Jhaegele@odu.edu

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