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American Printing House has a big goal: a future that belongs to everyone. For more than 160 years APH has created products that provide access for people who are blind and visually impaired. To create a world that welcomes everyone, we know it's going to take a lot of change makers. Join us as we highlight the people who are making the biggest difference in our field. We'll talk to everyone from CEOs to students. Know someone we should highlight? Email communications@aph.org.
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Tactile Graphics

Tactile Graphics

2021-11-2444:03

As National Family Literacy Month winds down, Change Makers is discussing tactile literacy. Listen as we learn more about how tactile images are created, recent upgrades to APH’s Tactile Graphic Image Library, what APH products encourage tactile literacy and the process of teaching students tactile literacy.Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerSally Hart, APH Tactile Graphics DesignerKaren Poppe, APH Tactile Literacy Product ManagerDonna McClure-Rogers, APH Early Childhood Product ManagerElizabeth McCann, Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, CPD Coordinator for Visual Impairment at Scottish Sensory CenterAdditional Links:The Tactile Graphics Image Library: Helping Students Succeedtgfeedback@aph.orgAPHB - Login for APH Tactile Graphic Image LibrarySetting the Stage for Tactile Understanding, Guidebook, BrailleFlip-Over Concept Books: TEXTURESQuick-Draw PaperPixBlaster embosserGiant Textured Beads with Pattern Matching CardsTactile Treasures Kit, Tactile-Color EditionPicture Maker Wheatley Tactile Diagramming KitTextured Sorting Circles and ShapesAll-In-One BoardWeb ChaseTactileDoodleDRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing BoardColor-by-Texture Marking MatsAPH - Tactile Skills MatrixTactile Book Builder KitCVI Book Builder KitScottish Sensory Centre websiteScottish Sensory Centre TwitterElizabeth McCann Twitter
On this episode of Change Makers, we are celebrating National Family Literacy Month. National Family Literacy Month is an opportunity for families to read together. We’re talking about APH products that help plant the seeds for braille literacy, what APH Press books are good for educators teaching braille to children and we’ll talk about Braille Tales, an early program that helps develop braille awareness skills and an enthusiasm for literacy in the hearts of young children through free books that have print and braille.Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerCathy Senft-Graves, APH Product Manager, Educational Product InnovationGreg Stilson, APH Head of Global InnovationDonna McClure Rogers, APH Product Manager, Educational Product Innovation Christine Genovely, APH Prison Braille Programs Coordinator Government & Community AffairsHeather Spence, APH Press DirectorAdditional LinksBuilding on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program, Kindergarten, Student Kit – UEBBuilding on PatternsEmail Cathy Senft-GravesLaptime and Lullabies: Parent HandbookBraille TalesBeginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to LiteracyI-M-ABLE: Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy EducationI-M-ABLE KitReading Connections: Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual ImpairmentsWord PlayHouseHANDS ON: Sorting Tray, Four-SectionGuidelines and Games for Teaching Efficient Braille Reading
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. NDEAM commemorates the many contributions of people with disabilities to the workplace and the economy. We’re continuing the conversation about employment and the workplace by talking to a CareerConnect specialist and we’ll also learn about the importance of accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We'll also hear from a job seeker.Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerRichard Reuda, APH Digital Content Manager for the CareerConnect ProgramTai Tomasi, APH Director of Accessibility, Diversity and InclusionPaulina Vazquez , Currently seeking employmentAdditional LinksCareerConnectCareerConnect BlogTransitions: Bread, Rice, or Tostada – Cultural Inclusion at The Transition TableContact Tai Tomasi at TTomasi@aph.org
Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

2021-10-1437:57

On this episode, we're recapping APH's Annual Meeting. We’ll hear from APH President, Craig Meador, Ed.D., speak about the state of the company and hear from award winners.Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerCraig Meador, Ed.D., APH PresidentMarje Kaiser, Ed.D., Wings of Freedom Award recipientGilles Pepin, Horizon Award recipientStine Storm, Louis Award recipientDr. Kirk Adams, Navigator Award recipientDr. Penny Rosenblum, Navigator Award recipientAdditional LinksAPH State of the Company SpeechLearning Through Play with LEGO Braille Bricks - Online CourseWorld Sight DayLEGO Braille Bricks Youtube PageRead the first Access and Engagement ReportRead the second Access and Engagement Report
Annual Meeting Preview

Annual Meeting Preview

2021-09-2317:14

On this episode of Change Makers, we'll preview the upcoming Annual Meeting. We'll talk to an organizer and find out what participants can expect. We'll also learn about the completely redesigned Louis Database and check-in with the National Prison Braille Network.Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerLeanne Grillott, APH National Director of Outreach ServicesLinda Turner, APH Digital Resources / Technical Services ManagerJayma Hawkins, APH Prison Braille Senior DirectorAdditional Links2021 APH Annual Meeting RegistrationLouis DatabaseNational Prison Braille Network
On this episode of Change Makers, we're getting ready for the InSights Art competition. We'll learn more about the competition, the importance of art and how art is taught to children and adults with visual impairments, as well as hear from an InSights Art artist.Participants (In order of appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerRob Guillen, APH Special Programs CoordinatorMeg Outland, APH Special Programs AssistantErin Schalk, The Braille Institute Art InstructorJosephine "Joey" Hernandez, InSights Art participant and Independent ArtistAdditional Linkswww.erinschalk.com https://brailleinstitute.org/ 
Staying Active

Staying Active

2021-08-2637:15

On this episode of Change Makers, we’re detailing ways you can keep children active, especially during the coming winter months. We’ll learn about various APH products that help keep kids moving and hear from an educator about the ways children benefit from physical activity. We'll also learn about AudioJack with Partners with Paul.Podcast Guests (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerTristan Pierce, APH Product Manager, Educational Product InnovationPaul Ferara, APH Communications Accessibility Editor and Partners with Paul HostDavid Tobin, AudioJack Founder and CEOAshley Emmons, VIPS, TVI, COMS and Early Childhood Special Educator  APH Products and SitesTangle ToyWalk/Run for FitnessJump Rope to Fitness30-Love TennisSound BallPortable Sound Source and Sound Localization GuidebookAPH Downloadable Product ManualsThe “I Am” Challenge: Olympics/ParalympicsInstitute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual ImpairmentsAdditional LinksGoalball Competition ScheduleAudioJack Camp AbilitiesCampsVideos
On this episode of Change Makers, we’re talking about how to advocate as a parent or guardian for your child. We will talk to APH experts about how you can help your child get the resources they deserve and how to choose the best educational devices to fit their needs.  Podcast Guests (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerOlaya Landa-Vialard, APH ConnectCenter DirectorLeanne Grillott, APH National Director of Outreach ServicesAdditional LinksConnectCenter@aph.orgConnectCenter.orgFamilyConnect.orgInformation and Referral Telephone Line: 1-800-252-5463Welcome to Holland
Where's the Money?

Where's the Money?

2021-07-2221:50

On this episode of Change Makers, we’re talking how APH gets its funding and what you can do to provide your input. Podcast Guests (In Order of Appearance)Sara BrownPaul SchroederPaul FerraraMike WoodAdditional LinksJunoCongressional InformationThe federal government provides substantial financial support for special education, including education for students who are blind or visually impaired. Each year, Congress decides how much funding to allocate to programs like APH. Congress will soon be making those decisions. Parents, educators, and students, are the best messengers to educate Congress or state legislatures about the educational needs of students who are blind or visually impaired and the services that ensure success. Providing information to educate a member of Congress or other policymaker is legal, expected and very helpful to them in doing their job. An email or phone call describing your experience with available educational material like accessible books, technology or special instruction aids is very useful.To find your representative use the state directory or zip code search Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (116th Congress)US Senate, Subcommittee on Appropriations for Education and other AgenciesLegislationAlice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, H.R. 1959, S. 813Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA)H.R. 431S. 212
Anniversary of the ADA

Anniversary of the ADA

2021-07-0829:48

In this episode of Change Makers, we’re talking about the Americans with Disabilities Act, better known as the ADA. We’re going to talk briefly about how the ADA came about and what the ADA has accomplished, what advances should be made and how to advocate for yourself or a loved one. On this Podcast (In Order of Appearance)Jack Fox Fox, NarratorSara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerPaul Schroeder,  APH Vice President, Government and Community Affairs.Tai Tomasi, APH Director, Accessibility, Diversity and InclusionAdditional LinksEmail Tai TomasiCongressional InformationThe federal government provides substantial financial support for special education, including education for students who are blind or visually impaired. Each year, Congress decides how much funding to allocate to programs like APH. Congress will soon be making those decisions. Parents, educators, and students, are the best messengers to educate Congress or state legislatures about the educational needs of students who are blind or visually impaired and the services that ensure success. Providing information to educate a member of Congress or other policymaker is legal, expected and very helpful to them in doing their job. An email or phone call describing your experience with available educational material like accessible books, technology or special instruction aids is very useful.To find your representative use the state directory or zip code search Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (116th Congress)US Senate, Subcommittee on Appropriations for Education and other AgenciesLegislationAlice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, H.R. 1959, S. 813Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA)H.R. 431S. 212
Hello and welcome to Change Makers,  today we’re celebrating Helen Keller. Her birthday is Sunday, June 27 and to celebrate this Change Maker, we’re going to talk to two experts who examine her work up close and personal on a regular basis. We'll also learn how refreshable braille devices have opened the doors for everyone to communicate. We will also have a special segment from an Ohio State School for the Blind Senior.On this Podcast (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerMicheal Hudson, APH Museum DirectorJustin Gardner, AFB Helen Keller Archivist, Museum of the American Printing House for the BlindPeggy Sinclair-Morris, KSB PrincipalJerimiah T., This I Believe speakerAdditional LinksLetters to Helen Keller from Students in Wrangell, AlaskaThe Status of Blind Women in the WorldPhotograph of bust of Helen Keller by Hans Albrecht von Harrach. 1931Photograph of the head of a metal (bronze?) sculpture of Helen Keller's head and torso by Jo DavidsonBronze bust of Polly Thomson by Donald RothenbergAPH Museum websiteAPH ProductsTo Love This Life: Quotations by Helen KellerDeaf Blind Pocket CommunicatorBraille Trail Reader LEChameleon 20Mantis Q40Sunu Band
Transitional Services

Transitional Services

2021-06-1052:20

EDITORS NOTE: College Success @ Perkins is now available to students in grades 9-12. On this episode of Change Makers, we highlight the numerous services available with a discussion lead by members from APH, AERBVI, College Success @ Perkins and VisionServe Alliance. On this Podcast (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerKathryn Botsford, Digital Content Strategist and Lead Researcher, APH ConnectCenterOlaya Landa-Vialard, Director, APH ConnectCenterLee Nasehi, President & CEO, VisionServe AllianceMark Richert, Interim Executive Director at Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually ImpairedLeslie Thatcher, Director, College Success @ PerkinsPaul Ferrara, Communications Accessibility Editor, Dot6Mandy Lau, Reach and MatchEmily T., This I Believe speakerAdditional LinksFCC Seeks on Updating Rules Implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility ActCompass: A College Success @ Perkins ProgramReach and Match Braille Learning and Sensory Play MatReach and Match Learning Kitinfo@reachandmatch.com Webinar LinksUsing Reach and Match to Engage and Educate all ChildrenCreative Learning to Meet Educational and Therapy Goals Using the Reach & Match
Celebrating TVI's

Celebrating TVI's

2021-05-2748:55

On this episode of Change Makers, we are celebrating TVI's. We'll learn more about the field and the important work they do and the need for more TVI’s.  After that, we’ll check in with Partners with Paul. Podcast Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown: APH Public Relations Manager, sbrown@aph.orgEmily Coleman: Superintendent of the Texas School for the Blind, colemane@tsbvi.eduKristin Oien: Specialist for the Blind / Visually Impaired, Minnesota Department of Education  kristin.oien@state.mn.usRachel Bigham: M.Ed., TVI, COMS, Visual Impairments Specialist, Zanesville City Schools, rbigham@zanesville.k12.oh.usLeanne Grillott: APH National Director of Outreach Services, lgrillot@aph.orgPaul Ferrara: Partners with Paul Host, CPACC, ADS, Certified Braille Transcriber Communications Accessibility Editor, pferrara@aph.orgJoyce Lopez: Product Developer, PlayAbility ToysDr. Marty Fox: President, PlayAbility ToysPlayAbility Toys Additional LinksCompany PageNurture SmartPlayAbility Toys at APHRib-It Balls 14 inch Rib-It Balls 18 inch Rib-It Balls 30 inchPaint-Pot PalettePaint by Number Safari Tropical RainforestPaint by Number Safari Under the SeaPaint by Number Safari Backyard CreaturesPaint by Number Safari Desert Creatures
In this episode of Change Makers, we're celebrating National Inventors Month by learning how an APH product is created. From an idea to a physical product. We'll talk to product managers about the process and hear why partnerships are so important.Podcast Participants (in order of appearance)Sara Brown: APH Public Relations ManagerMark Renfrow: APH Director of Educational Product InnovationGreg Stilson: APH Head of Global Innovation
Change Makers previews the upcoming 2021 National Coding Symposium that will take place Tuesday, May 11, through Friday, May 14. The event, hosted by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and California School for the Blind (CSB) is co-sponsored by CareerConnect, part of the APH ConnectCenter and made possible in part by support from Fox Family Foundation.The National Coding Symposium's goal is to demonstrate the world of coding, programming and related careers, are available and accessible to students with visual impairments. The free, virtual event will feature two daily keynote speakers, several presentations and multiple breakout panel sessions. Keynote speakers, presenters, and panelists come from a diverse coding career background of programmers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, hiring managers, career center directors and counselors, university and high school instructors and more.  Podcast Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown: APH Public Relations ManagerOlaya Landa-Vialard: APH ConnectCenter DirectorAdrian Amandi: Director of the California Education Resources Center for the California School for the BlindVanessa Herndon: Low Vision Clinic and Classroom CoordinatorPaul Ferrara: Partners with Paul Host, APH Communications Accessibility EditorDiego J. Mendoza: Sunu, Inc. Additional Links2021 National Coding SymposiumSunu BandTechnology Awards at National Coding SymposiumDuring the virtual National Coding Symposium (May 11-14), five separate award opportunities for student attendees will be announced. Each selected student award winner will receive a credit of up to $3,000 towards the purchase of technology, including braille displays, video magnifiers, or other unique technology, AND a $200 Amazon gift card.Click here to learn more about these awards and the student submission requirements, and to complete the Award Submission Form. Click here to learn more about the 2021 National Coding Symposium.
Babies with CVI

Babies with CVI

2021-04-0831:55

In this episode of Change Makers, we're learning about resources for CVI. There is a new APH Press book titled, Babies with CVI: Nurturing Visual Abilities and Development in Early Childhood. Hear from the author, Anne McComiskey, what other books are available from APH Press that discuss CVI and the author of The CVI Companion Guide, Amanda Lueck. We'll also have a segment from Partners with Paul.Podcast Participants (In Order of Appearance)Sara Brown: APH Public Relations ManagerAnne McComiskey: Babies with CVI: Nurturing Visual Abilities and Development in Early ChildhoodHeather Spence: APH Press DirectorPaul Ferrara: Partners with Paul HostDan Gardner: PixBlasterAmanda Lueck: CVI Companion GuideAdditional LinksFamily Connect: Family-oriented site from American Printing House for the Blind.APH Homepage: American Printing House for the Blind.LilliWorks Active Learning Foundation:  Information and teaching theory of Active Learning by Lilli Nielsen.WonderBaby.org: Site funded by Perkins School for the Blind.Paths to Literacy: Collaborative site between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired that shares strategies, resources, and research for technology to enhance literacy for children.Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Information, ideas, articles, and suggestions.Little Bear Sees - Helping Children with Cortical Visual Impairment:  Website by parents offering support.Blind Babies Foundation:  Informative and easily readable facts.CVI - American Printing House for the Blind: Resource for research and support for parents and teachers.CViConnect: Community of professionals offering hope with personalized support. Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, 2nd EditionCortical Visual Impairment: Advanced PrinciplesVision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in ChildrenAPH Products for CVIPixBlaster Search ResultsPixBlaster Embosser YouTube Training VideosPixBlaster User GuidePixBlaster FAQsCustomer ServiceToll-Free: 800-223-1839 (U.S. and Canada)Fax: 502-899-2284Email: cs@aph.orgHours: Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p. m. EST
COVID: 1 Year Later

COVID: 1 Year Later

2021-03-2501:03:44

Hear APH President, Dr. Meador discuss the many curveballs COVID-19 brought to APH and how the organization adapted to those challenges. Plus      Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, AFB Director of Research, examines the impact of COVID-19 on students with visual impairments in the Access and Engagement Study.On this podcast (In order of appearance)Dr. Craig Meador - APH PresidentDr. L. Penny Rosenblum - AFB Director of ResearchAdditional LinksExecutive summary and report (both PDF and on the web site by sections)AFB Town Hall#3 – Education Across the LifespanAPH's Annual Meeting form October 8, 2020Blog PostOp Ed
APH is celebrating Women's History Month with a brief history of the origin of Women's History Month, followed by a look back at the pioneers and then a look at women who are currently blazing the trail for future generations. Podcast Participants (in order of appearance)Mike Hudson Dr. Sandra LewisPaul FerraraMike WoodNabiha MujahdTai TomasiAdditional Links Helen Keller ArchiveHall of FameAPH MuseumEnter to win a free Annual License of JAWS, ZoomText, or FusionJAWS Annual Student License pageZoomText Annual Student License Page
GoodMaps

GoodMaps

2021-02-2548:12

On this podcast, we’re talking to the developers of GoodMaps Explore, the popular accessible indoor-outdoor navigation app.  We’ll learn more about the GoodMaps app, their recent award and what else the company is working on. Then, we’ll celebrate Black History Month with our final interview with our special guest, Mr. Louis Tutt.Guests (in order of appearance)Greg Stilson, APH Head of Global InnovationJose Gaztambide, GoodMaps CEOMike May, GoodMaps Chief EvangelistPaul Ferrara, Communications Accessibility EditorDavid Tobin, Founder and CEO of AudioJackMr. Louis Tutt, former EOTLinksGoodMapsFor more information or to inquire about getting GoodMaps technology in your space, email info@goodmaps.com AudioJack HomepageAudioJack ContestBlack History Month Links to Awards - Links are directly to the images https://www.aph.org/aph-awards-plaques/https://www.aph.org/wings-of-freedom-award-plaque-2014-2018/https://www.aph.org/wings-of-freedom-award-overview-plaque/https://www.aph.org/from-the-field-awards-plaques/https://www.aph.org/overview-of-william-english-leadership-award-plaque/https://www.aph.org/william-english-leadership-award-plaque-1991-2002/https://www.aph.org/wall-of-tribute/
All About Juno!

All About Juno!

2021-02-1135:34

Magnifiers come in all shapes and sizes for all ages and needs. On this podcast, we'll talk to experts about a brand new magnifier on the way,  learn about APH's Low Vision Strategy and celebrate Black History Month.Guests (in order of appearance on podcast)Justine Taylor, APH Low Vision Product ManagerMartin Munsen, Kentucky School for the Blind, Outreach DirectorGreg Stilson, APH Head of Global InnovationMr. Louis Tutt, former EOT and special guest Black History Month Links to Awards - Links are directly to the images  https://www.aph.org/aph-awards-plaques/https://www.aph.org/wings-of-freedom-award-plaque-2014-2018/https://www.aph.org/wings-of-freedom-award-overview-plaque/https://www.aph.org/from-the-field-awards-plaques/https://www.aph.org/overview-of-william-english-leadership-award-plaque/https://www.aph.org/william-english-leadership-award-plaque-1991-2002/https://www.aph.org/wall-of-tribute/Juno InformationDescriptionThe Juno™ is a portable handheld video magnifier with touchscreen. It includes all the features of a handheld video magnifier with the additional solution of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capability. The larger screen allows the reader to view documents, while the writing-view accommodates short writing tasks such as filling out a form, signing your name, writing a check, or filling in a worksheet.Screen Size7-inch matte LCD screenMagnification Level2x to 30xButtonsYesColor Modes24 high-contrast color modesTouch ScreenYesSpeechYesStorage4GB of storage, store up to approximately 600 imagesFeatures• Built-in stand• Menus spoken aloud• Time and Date• OCR capability captures and reads aloud lengthy documents to reduce eye fatigue• Full-page OCR• Capture multiple pages and page navigation• Zones – quickly jump to different sections in a book or article• Save files using audio tags• Transfer files from computer and flash drive via USB-C port• Supported files – JPEG, PDF, DocX, and more• Adjustable line and mask feature• Teacher settings – lock out certain features to use Juno during an exam• HD auto-focus camera rotates to support five camera positions: reading, hobby, distance, self-view, and writing-view• Built-in User GuideDimensions8.27 x 5.71 x 1.19 in. – 1.38 lbsContents• Juno handheld video magnifier• Protective carrying case with strap• Quick Start• User Guide• Power adapter• USB-C cable• HDMI mini cable• Two-year warrantyConnectionUSB-CQuota FundsYesWarrantyYesPartner/VendorFreedom Scientific
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