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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.

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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.

  • Mike’s Memory Puzzles for Everybody is a puzzle and memory game designed for Braille and English readers of all ages. The puzzles come with either 26 or 52 uniquely shaped pieces that fit into the corresponding matching piece. Each piece has a printed word with tactile braille and a tactile shape. The shapes are common symbols such as arrow, star, or heart as well as geometric shapes such as circles, triangles, squares, and so on.

    We are looking for PreK and K-12 educators and occupational rehab therapists who have experience teaching braille and tactile graphics. If selected, field-test evaluators will use the prototype directly with their students or clients who are blind or have low vision and complete an online product evaluation form at the end of the testing period. Field-test sites will be selected based on availability, geographic location, number of students, and type of instructional setting.

    Testing will take place from mid-March to mid-May. If you are available and interested in serving as a field evaluator of Mike’s Memory Puzzles, please complete this field evaluator survey by Thursday, February 29, 2024.

    You may also contact Bobby Fulwiler, Product Specialist, at bfulwiler@aph.org for any related questions regarding the product and/or field test.

  • The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is currently seeking field-test evaluators for GRID AND GO. This product offers a variety of ready-to-use grids in different configurations (10 x 10, 5 x 5, 3 x 3, and individual frames), colors (red, yellow, and white), and two thicknesses. The foam grids can be positioned onto hook-receptive platforms such as APH’s Picture Maker Board, All-in-One Board, and Tri-fold Board. The wide assortment of grids can support activities and games related to orientation and mobility, math and science, spatial skills development, literacy skills, and recreation as created and determined by the teacher, parent, or student. The accompanying activity guide offers many starter ideas. [Note: Hook-receptive board(s) are not included with the GRID AND GO kit.]

    Field-test evaluators will be asked to use the prototype directly with their students who are blind or low vision. Evaluators will then complete an online product evaluation form at the end of the testing period.

    Field-test sites will be selected based on geographic location, available number of students, and type of instructional setting. The number of available field-test prototypes is limited.

    If you are interested in possibly serving as a field evaluator of GRID AND GO, please complete this Grid and Go field test survey by March 15, 2024. You may also contact Karen Poppe, Braille and Tactile Literacy Product Manager, at kpoppe@aph.org, 502-899-2322 or 800-223-1839, ext. 322 if you have related questions about this field-test activity.

    Field testing will begin in April 2024. Completed field evaluation forms will be due by June 7, 2024.

  • Do you currently teach a student who eye presses? If so, APH is field testing a new product that might be relevant to your student. For more information or to become a field tester, please complete this OpticAware survey form. You may also email Lee Huffman, Product Manager, at lhuffman@aph.org. Please complete the survey as soon as possible as field testing begins in March.

  • Are you interested in testing upcoming products in the 2023-2024 school year? As part of our vision to make the world a more accessible place, we want to hear your insights to better design innovative products and services for lifelong success and to provide the best possible solutions for challenges that arise in the classroom and beyond.

    Even if you have participated in a field test or shared your contact information in the past, please update our records by filling out a new copy of the APH Field Tester Form.

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.

  • APH would like to hear about your experiences with some of our most recently released products. Your feedback is valuable in helping us understand what we’re doing well and where we have opportunities to enhance our offerings. If you, your child, student, or client has used any of the following products, we would like to hear from you.

    • Polly
    • Sensing and Learning
    • Envision Kit
    • Five Speckled Frogs
    • BrailleBuzz App
    • Music Braille Wheel
    • Braille Brain

    Please take a moment to complete our Product Satisfaction Survey and share your knowledge with us.

  • Calling all professionals in the field of Orientation and Mobility (O&M), students, and adults with visual impairments. We invite you to participate in an essential comprehensive O&M Needs survey. Your insights will directly influence APH’s Focus on O&M Roadmap for the development of innovative O&M solutions aimed at enhancing independence and mobility for individuals with visual impairments.

    Whether you’re a seasoned O&M Specialist, a student navigating educational environments, or an adult navigating daily life, your perspectives matter. Your feedback will guide us in tailoring our offerings to better meet your diverse needs.

    Please take some time to complete the Focus On O&M Needs Survey and share your thoughts and ideas on this important topic.

  • If you have used SPORTS COURTS with students who are blind or low vision, APH invites you to provide feedback on how this product is meeting your and your students’ instructional and recreational needs. Please consider taking this short customer satisfaction 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

There are currently no study and focus group opportunities available. Please check back soon.