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APH Travelling Exhibits: Happenings Around the House Episode 8

9/5/2014 Maria Delgado with Mike Hudson, Museum Director

In 2012 APH introduced its newest travelling exhibit, Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. This program explores the accessible features of the new exhibit, and shows how you can book an APH exhibit for your school, library, or local museum.

Writing Tools: Happenings Around the House Episode 7

6/24/2014 Maria Delgado with Mike Hudson, Museum Director

Louis Braille adapted his first Braille tablet, a writing frame used to write in his code, from a similar device invented by Charles Barbier, the soldier who inspired Braille's work. Since then countless writing slates, handwriting guides, and mechanical braillewriters have been developed. This program explores the museum's outstanding collection of writing devices and how the Perkins Braillewriter trumped them all.

Developing Tactile Products: Happenings Around the House Episode 6

5/30/2014 Maria Delgado with Fred Otto, Tactile Graphics Project Leader

There's a lot more to tactile graphics than taking a visual image and producing it with raised lines. In this program we discuss the need to "think tactile," that is, to understand how the sense of touch has its own rules which affect how we design readable tactile graphics. And we discuss how flexible thinking can lead to good decisions and good tactile graphic designs, both in products and in textbook or test adaptations.

Tactile Maps: Happenings Around the House Episode 5

5/20/2014 Maria Delgado with Mike Hudson, Museum Director

APH introduced its first dissected puzzle maps in the 1870s. Each was carved by hand from wood. This program explores the museum's collection of tactile maps and globes, ranging from the earliest American paper maps produced at the Perkins Institution in the 1830s to modern plastic and thermographic styles. We show you how they were made and how schools used them in the classroom.

Orion TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator: Happenings Around the House Episode 4

4/24/2014 Maria Delgado with Ken Perry, Programmer

Developing Powerful New Graphing and Computation Tools for the Visually Impaired

Working with Orbit Research and Texas Instruments, The American Printing House developed the new Orion TI-84 plus Talking graphing calculator based on the TI-84 Plus. This program explores the approach, design concepts and features of the unit - focusing on its its audio and speech facilities, and the capabilities for connecting to external peripherals. Also covered is an overview of the functions of the calculator: its computational capabilities, graphing features, and other functionality such as matrices and how these have been made accessible, and the ability provided to the user to create their own applications on the calculator and expand its functionality.

Math Tools: Happenings Around the House Episode 3

4/14/2014 Maria Delgado with Mike Hudson, Museum Director

Nicolas Saunderson was a self taught genius who taught algebra at Cambridge University in the early 18th century. Blinded as a small boy by smallpox, he invented ciphering tablets to make simple arithmetic easier. From Saunderson's tablet to adapted abacuses to modern talking calculators, this program explores the museum's large collection of math and geometry tools.

Conversation with Mitzi B. Friedlander, APH Narrator: Happenings Around the House Episode 2

4/1/2014 Maria Delgado with Mitzi Friedlander, APH Narrator

Maria Delgado talks with Mitzi Friedlander about her life, her family, and her outstanding career. Mitzi Friedlander Is a well-known figure in Louisville's theatrical world. Mitzi has performed with Actor's Theatre Louisville, the Kentucky Opera Association,the Louisville Children's Theatre, and the Louisville Ballet. As an APH Studio Narrator, she has won numerous awards, and has recorded over 2500 books.

Talking Books: Happenings Around the House Episode 1

3/25/2014 Maria Delgado with Mike Hudson, Museum Director

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was founded by the Pratt-Smoot Act in 1931, but Thomas Edison was thinking of audio books for the blind as early as 1877 when he introduced his phonograph. Maria Delgado and Mike Hudson explore the museum's large collection of talking book phonographs, reel-to-reel, cassette tape, and modern USB drive machines, and play the narration work of some classic APH narrators.

STEM Consortium

10/13/2011 John Gardner, Dave Schleppenbach, Steve Jacobs

Uing the model of the AFB Solutions Forum, this meeting features discussion of issues related to the development and delivery of accessible curricular content in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas of the Core Curriculum.

Let's Make ISAVE Even Better

9/16/2009 Elaine Kitchel, Kay Ratzlaff, and Kay FerrellCome with your experiences and ideas. You've used ISAVE, you love ISAVE, but you think it could be a little more user friendly. Come tell the developers what you'd do to have ISAVE: Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency better fill your needs. Bring a pen, or slate and stylus, to answer a few questions, and join the discussion.

Charting the Course for the Next Versions of Technology Products

9/16/2009 Larry Skutchan

Larry will open up the floor for ideas, suggestions, and complaints about the next versions and future generations of Braille+, Refreshabraille 18, and Book Port Plus.

A Modern Touch Updating APH Materials for Adventitiously Blinded and Sighted Braille Learners

10/16/2009 Loana Mason, and Jane Erin

For decades, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has published a variety of curriculums, codebooks, and supplemental materials designed to facilitate acquisition of the braille code by both consumers and professionals. While many of these products are tried and true, they have become outdated. Thus, is in the process of modernizing and streamlining braille materials for adventitiously blinded individuals (both children and adults), professionals, and parents who need to learn braille.

SAM: Symbols and Meaning -- A Field Test Preparation

10/3/2008 Tristan Pierce and Millie Smith

Highlighting an online "train the trainers workshop" for current and upcoming field testing during the 2008 -- 2009 academic year.

How Far We've Come...Braille Materials for the Wilson Reading System Are On The Way!

10/3/2008 Jeanette Wicker, Carlone Rines and, Roz Rowley

General information about the Wilson Reading System, the history of the APH/Perkins/Wilson Project and upcoming plans for translation and adaptation of program materials.

Using Refreshable Braille Displays With The Braille+

10/3/2008 Larry Skutchan

Ways of connecting and using different types of refreshable braille displays with the Braille+.

PATTER: Preschool Attainment Through Typical Everyday Routines

10/4/2008 Burt Boyer and Sandy Lewis

Using PATTER to help preschoolers develop cognitive, language, social and motor skills through typical everyday routines.

ToAD: Tools for Assessment and Development of Visual Skills

10/4/2008 J. Elaine Kitchel

Interactive workshop will guide participants in the use of the tools and materials in the ToAD kit to perform vision development activities with young children.

Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment

10/4/2008 LaRhea Sanford

Overview of the new assessment tool now available from APH.

MathBuilders: A Supplemental Math Program for K-3 Braille Users

10/3/2008 Jeanette Wicker and Derrick W. Smith

Overview of the MathBuilders materials, including currently available units and a preview of upcoming units on data collection, graphing, fractions, and others.

MaximEyes Video Magnifier and Compact+ Users Workshop

10/4/2008 Tim Curtin and Darrell Buford

Highlighting the features of the MaximEyes and the Compact+ magnifier as they relate to students and individuals in the workforce.

The Solution to "What Can I Read?"

10/3/2008 Jeanette Wicker and Frances Mary D'Andrea

Introducing the Early Braille Trade Book Project, where commercially available books for beginning readers are provided with braille labels, lists of contractions found in each book, level of picture-dependence, enrichment activities, and best of all--web support for record keeping and sharing!

We're Plotting Something...

10/3/2008 Karen Poppe and Fred Otto

Whether you're plotting travel routes or mathematical equations, come give your input on two projects that are in the works: A 3-D O&M model kit and a revision of the Graphic Aid for Mathematics. Help keep us from being gridlocked!

Seeking Input on Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Braille+

10/3/2008 Larry Skutchan

Soliciting input on features for the ultimate "location aware" tool by sharing your great thoughts, likes, and dreams.

Best For A Nest

10/3/2008 Burt Boyer

Discussion about Best For A Nest, a high interest/low vocabulary story book with manipulatives.

Reach for the Stars...A Transition Planning Process for Families of Young Children

10/3/2008 Burt Boyer, Jennifer Grisham-Brown and, Diane Haynes

Presenting a process for supporting young children and their families during critical transition periods through person-centered planning.

Beginning the Journey to Literacy with Building on Patterns

10/13/2007 Cay Holbrook and Eleanor Pester

Use the Kindergarten Teacher's edition of Building on Patterns to discover important features incorporated into the lessons and find out about field testing for the next level of Patterns

ABC Braille Study Results: Hand Movements, Session 2

10/13/2007 Diane Wormsley and Tessa Wright Carlsen

ABC Braille Study results related to the impact of hand movements and inefficient reading characteristics on reading efficiency, session 2.

ABC Braille Study Results: Hand Movements, Session 1

10/13/2007 Diane Wormsley and Tessa Wright Carlsen

ABC Braille Study results related to the impact of hand movements and inefficient reading characteristics on reading efficiency, session 1.

StackUps and Scattered Crowns

10/13/2007 Karen Poppe

Demonstration of two new products intended to enhance tactile interpretation and reading skills

Address: Earth and MaximEyes Video Magnifier

10/13/2007 Elaine Kitchel

Learn about and review Section One of APH's new atlas, Address: Earth and check out the features of the new MaximEyes video magnifier

MathBuilders - A Supplemental Math Program for braille Users K-3

10/13/2007 Jeanette Wicker and Derrick Smith

Overview of Units 1 and 6 of the new MathBuilders program with an opportunity to engage in lessons, use manipulatives, and review worksheets

Learning the Braille+ Mobile Manager

10/13/2007 Larry Skutchan and Monica Turner

Learn to set up a wireless network, configure an e-mail account, subscribe to RSS feed and podcasts, use the Internet Book Search feature, and subscribe to periodicals from

Using the Linux Console on the Braille+ PDA

3/24/2007 Bill Freeman

This session demonstrates how to access and use the Linux console on the new Braille+ PDA being developed by American Printing House and Levelstar.

Using Book Wizard Producer with HTML and NIMAS to Produce DAISY Books

3/23/2007 Keith Creasy

This session describes how to produce NIMAS files from HTML, create text and/or audio DTB's, and directly add human narration using Book Wizard Producer.

Introducing Icon and Icon Braille+

3/23/2007 Larry Skutchan

This session introduces a new mobile manager for blind and low vision students and professionals.

Accessible Games

3/22/2007 Rodger Smith and Larry Skutchan

This session provides information about computer games that are both educational and fun for blind and low vision computer users alike.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2006

10/13/2006 Mary Nelle McLennan, Rick Welsh, Stephen Rothstein and, Arnall Patz

Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field class of 2006 induction ceremony, Anne Sullivan Macy and Arnall Patz

Hall of Fame Introduction

10/13/2006 (Narration)

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence manifested by the specific individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame and through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Keynote Speaker

10/13/2006 Tom Sullivan

"Turning Adversity into Opportunity: How to Adjust Our Sails"

Tom Sullivan, speaker, singer, songwriter, actor, author, and producer

Opening Address

10/12/2006 Michael Hingson

"Out Of The Ashes: Learning To Survive In A Changing World"

Michael Hingson, National Public Affairs Representative, Guide Dogs for the Blind

ICON Braille + and Other New Technology

10/14/2006 Rob Meredith, Keith Creasy, and Bill Freeman

Introduce the next generation Book Port II, Book Wizard Producer, and Icon Braille+, a new PDA from APH.

Going Places and Reclaiming Independence

10/14/2006 L. Penny Rosenblum, Terrie Terlau, and Tristan Pierce

Whether you are young or old, this training session offers you healthy and exciting strategies to manage your leisure time and develop your independence. Going Places, an accessible book that introduces the reader to community-based physical activities, describes self-determination and encourages a healthy life style full of social interactions. Reclaiming Independence, a video and resource guide, offers role models, tools, and strategies that can help older persons with vision loss gain control over their transportation needs and reclaim their independence in their communities.

Having Fun Learning and Teaching

10/14/2006 Lois Harrell, Suzette Wright, Eleanor Pester

This session gave participants a chance to get acquainted with Lois Harrell, this year's Virgil Zickel Award Recipient and to see the influence she has had on young children who are visually impaired and on the products produced by APH. Eleanor Pester welcomed participants and showed products created and influenced by Lois and produced by APH from the early 1980's through the present. Video clips showed Lois working with a visually impaired 4 year old using several APH products. Burt Boyer talked about meeting Lois and appreciating her work when he was Superintendent of the California School for the Blind and how he looks forward to working with her on some early childhood products in the future. Lois then took the floor and told about the fun she has had teaching and learning from her students. Suzette Wright closed the session by talking about working with Lois on several recent products and showing a number of helpful quotes from Lois in a delightful Power Point presentation.

Finding the World with Maps

10/14/2006 Fred Otto, Karen Poppe, Tom Poppe, and Yan Zhang

In this informal session we discuss classroom activities that can help students relate the round presentation of a globe to the flat maps they find in books. We get hands-on experience with the exercises suggested in World At Your Fingers, US Puzzle Map, and other materials, and exchange ideas for other products and activities.

High Stakes Testing And The VI Student

10/14/2006 Barbara Henderson, and Jeanette Wicker

The Best Practices in administering tests to the student with visual impairments are reviewed. Participants are provided links to documents on the APH and the AFB websites that provide information for publishers, test administrators, parents, and students. Additionally, participants learn of strategies that proved effective at Kentucky School for the Blind, products available at APH to support high stakes testing, and suggestions for additional strategies from audience members.

KSB Gateways Conference 2006

Electronic Texts: Overview of Sources, Types, and Usage of Books in Digital Formats Day 2

6/19/2006 Keith Creasy

Electronic texts are computer files used to distribute books and other reading material among computers. The Internet has spawned a wide variety of sources and formats and the number is growing daily. This 3-hour session explores several sources of electronic texts, the types of files available, and ways to prepare and use them. Many of the electronic texts available are suitable for production in braille or for conversion to DAISY and other accessible formats.

Electronic Texts: Overview of Sources, Types, and Usage of Books in Digital Formats Day 1

6/20/2006 Keith Creasy

A discussion of various resources of digital text, where to get it, and how to make it work four your students.

Annual Meeting 2005

Teaching Skills and Knowledge to Professionals Working with Students with Deafblindness

10/19/2005 Dr. Jan Van Dijk

This session highlights a CD Rom, a product now available from APH, that uses video clips to demonstrate child guided techniques for assessing children who are deafblind. During the presentation, part of the CD Rom "Child-guided Strategies for Assessing Children who are Deafblind or Have Multiple Disabilities" is demonstrated and Dr. van Dijk, answers questions from the audience.

Making Test Items Accessible

10/19/2005 Debbie Willis,Barbara Henderson, Kris Scott, and Monica Coffey,

An overview of key issues involved in making print test items accessible in alternate media is presented. Discussion time for test issues and questions is included.

CVI Perspectives

10/19/2005 Christine Roman Lantzy

This presentation offers a preview of the new APH informational DVD, CVI Perspectives. The DVD offers information from medical, educational and family viewpoints and provides content regarding the medical causes of CVI, an explanation of the unique characteristics associated with CVI, and interviews with parents who have children with CVI.

Recreational Approaches to Building Early Tactile Skills

10/19/2005 Karen J. Poppe

This presentation focuses on recent APH products that encourage the development of tactile skills within a recreational context. Some of the products showcased include Web Chase and SQUID: Tactile Activities Magazine. Audience input is requested on the design features for a new tactile game under development, as well as general feedback about products needed in the "recreational" area for tactile skills development.

Power Point Presentation

Sherlock, LumiTest and Miniguide US, Tiny Tools Do Major Tasks

10/19/2005 Terrie Terlau

This presentation tells the full story and offers the audience hands-on experience with these new, innovative tools from APH. Sherlock provides a portable, affordable talking labeling system for clothes, food, CDs, books, and more! LumiTest shows you if the porch light is burned out and where to sign a letter. Miniguide US helps cane users and dog guide handlers find landmarks, desired environmental features, and openings in crowds.

Louis Search Tips

10/19/2005 Julia Myers, and Nicole Gaines

This session offers tips and advice on how to search the Louis database, with special emphasis on product and book searches.

Keynote Address Meeting Student's Needs in a Changing Environment

10/19/2005 Dr. J. Elton Moore

This presentation features a brief overview of issues facing the blindness field and stresses the need for greater collaboration between education and rehabilitation professionals.

2005 National Family Conference

Blind Athletics: An Inside Look From Two Countries Worlds Apart

8/14/2005 Jim Vargo and Henry Wanyoike

The role and services that are provided for athletes who are blind or visually impaired are explored from the United States and Kenya perspectives, including collaborative efforts between the two countries.

Improving Transition Service Delivery By Partnering With Parents

8/14/2005 William Bielawski and Rich Zabelski

Improving Transition Service Delivery Requires Parent/Teacher Partnerships: "Transition Service Delivery System can be improved by uniformly implementing the "expanded core curriculum" and developing and strengthening the partnerships between parents and teachers. By providing parents and teachers with specialized materials, training, and support both parents and teachers can effectively provide the necessary instructional time and effort, at home and in the classroom, needed to prepare the visually impaired child for the transition to adult life.

Believing You (Your Child) Can Do, Parent-Child Beliefs About Physical Activity-Going In Positive Directions

8/14/2005 Lauren J. Lieberman, Ph.D., Tristan G. Pierce

The session shows the results of two projects. The first is a three year study on parent-child beliefs about physical activity. This study (conducted at a sports camp for students with visual impairments, blindness, and deafblindness) incorporated the use of parent and child questionnaires, talking pedometers, and parent resource manuals. The second project is the result of a six-month field test of a new book that teaches students how to access community-based physical activities, how to make needed modifications, and how to become a self-advocate. By combining these two projects, the session identifies needs and provides positive directions for students and their families.

The 3 C's To Greater Independence

8/14/2005 Jay Stiteley

This 90-minute workshop reviews, reasserts, and in some cases redefines the issues facing students who are blind or visually impaired. The three "C's" are: College, in the broadest sense of the world; Computers, emphasizing basic skills for utilizing today's technology; and "Cane-nine", reflecting essential skills of independent travel. Activities are designed for professionals, parents and students to provide information, to provoke thought, and to lead to positive affirmation and/or change.

Social Skills Development For Children And Youth With Visual Impairments

8/14/2005 Tom Miller

This session offers an overview of the impact of visual impairment on social skills development and a discussion of strategies for parents and professionals.

Dad's Panel

8/14/2005 Jeff Miller, Moderator

Fathers play an integral role in the lives of their blind/visually impaired children. Mothers aren't the only ones with issues to face. This session allows open discussion and answers to related issues about being the father of a child with visual impairments.

Educating Children With Multiple Disabilities

8/14/2005 Millie Smith

Infants and toddlers with visual and multiple impairments need help from their families and learning partners to make sure that they have the quantity and quality of sensory experiences that lead to the development of early sensor and motor learning skills. These experiences are the social foundation upon which trust and confidence are built.

Partnerships And Advocacy

8/14/2005 Jean Ann Vogelman

Families become the historical gatekeepers of information. Learning how to disseminate that information to the medical, educational, and recreational communities is crucial. This session delivers to parents and professionals specific strategies on how to positively collaborate with one another through this multi-year process.

What Lies Ahead: On The Way To Literacy

8/14/2005 Suzette Wright

Early language and concept development, exploratory and hand skills, and experiences with books and Braille, or other most appropriate medium, form the basis for learning to read and write. How caregivers can support young children with visual impairment on their way to literacy? Explore new information gathered to update the informational handbook, On the Way to Literacy.

What Parents Need To Know About IDEIA

8/13/2005 Susan LaVenture, Julie Urban

Presenters give and explanation of what parents need to know about the basic principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEIA) and what this means for students with visual impairments. Additionally, new national legislative information about the changes under the reauthorization of IDEIA is shared.

Grandparents Speak Out

8/13/2005 Will Evans

Panel of grandparents discuss their roles and responsibilities of grandparenting. What should you do? What should you not do? What did you do that you wished you had not done. The audience ask questions of panelists.

We're In This Together--Preparing For Transition Into The Adult World

8/13/2005 Susan M. Dalton and featuring additional student panel presenters:

Sandra Murillo, Senior, Thornwood High School Erick Martinez, Freshman, Illinois State University Kristy Coon, Senior, Harlem High School Carmen Fonseca, Senior, Thornwood High School

Learn about the roles of students, parents, educators, and the community in working together in the transition process and meet with current students to hear what steps they are taking to become better prepared for life beyond the classroom.

Expanded Core Curriculum: What, Why, And Most Of All, When

8/13/2005 Cyral Miller

An overview of the expanded core curriculum, related resources for families and professionals, and creative ideas for overcoming the universal shortage of time for getting to these important skills.

Let's Talk: Conversations With Children Who Have Multiple Disabilities

8/13/2005 Marianne Riggio

This session addresses basic elements of a good conversation and strategies for initiating conversations with children who are at the "not yet verbal" or early levels of communication development.

Orientation And Mobility For Adolescence

8/13/2005 Ginger Irwin, COMS

Independence is important to an adolescent. A visually impaired one wants no less. Travel for a visually impaired teen is more than just walking with a cane. For some parents it's hard to let go and allow them out into the world. But, as a parent you can make sure they are prepared. Make sure your child's O&M program includes all the "other" skills they will need to navigate the world.

Preparing Youth For A Guide Dog Lifestyle

8/13/2005 Theresa Duncan, Lori Cassels

In this session we share strategies for introducing children to the incredible benefits of the human-animal bond and orientation and mobility techniques for helping youth to travel with a Guide Dog.

Teen Panel

8/13/2005 Debbie Naucke

Teenagers with visual impairments share their experiences and talk about school, friends, technology and independence.

Parents Learning Braille=Literacy For A Child

8/13/2005 Nafisa René Keels

What does literacy mean? Parents are given hypothetical situations of literacy levels and encouraged to discuss what literacy really means. They are encouraged to discuss what functional literacy skills are needed in work settings and how Braille makes that possible for those who are blind or visually impaired. Facilitated discussions lead to the parents' role in literacy acquisition and how becoming Braille literate parents is important for a child to become Braille literate. Two Hadley courses designed to teach family members and professionals the Braille code long distance are reviewed: Introduction to Braille (Online and Text Versions) and Contracted Braille. The audience is able to first hand browse through books and materials used in each course. This also accompanies a preview of the video and a sample of the online version of Introduction to Braille through a Power Point presentation. The session ends with a short Braille game and prizes.

Early Literacy Development, Laying The Groundwork

8/13/2005 Tom Miller

Literacy begins with communication and connection between the child and caregiver. This session focuses on the steps of early literacy development and highlights the Perkins Panda as a tool to facilitate this essential skill.

Getting Ready For School, Getting Ready For Life: The Importance Of Including Your Child In Key Activities Of Daily Living

8/13/2005 Sandra Lewis

One of the most powerful strategies for preparing young children for school is to include them in the daily activities and routines that occur in the home. Through these activities, children can develop the foundation for meaningful language, concepts, motor and life skills that facilitate positive outcomes as school-and in life!

Maximizing Test Performance Through Awareness And Accommodations

8/13/2005 Carol Allman, Ph.D.

Because assessment is an integral aspect of education, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has prompted new and definitive steps schools must consider in the assessment arena for all students. In response to NCLB, assessment occurs on a regular basis and often forms a basis for long-term educational decisions. It is, therefore, important for parents, students, family members, and caregivers of children with visual impairments to develop an awareness of the assessment process and the accommodation used. A recently developed "Checklist of Accommodations" is provided to participants.

Taking The Lead For Your Child And Yourself

8/13/2005 Kevin E. O'Connor, CSP

We teach best when we model for our children. Leadership, initiative, advocacy, and self-care are essentials for our children...they start with us.

Opening Session Keynote National Family Conference 2005

8/12/2005 Dr. Deborah Hatton.


8/16/2005 Larry Skutchan

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