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Thursday, January 15, 2009

APH Transcribes Presidential Inauguration Guide Book

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), is the official vendor of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Guide Book printed in braille.

            The book serves not only as a guide to public activities surrounding the inauguration, but as a document that sets these events in historic context.  It contains quotes from President-Elect Barack Obama, and Vice President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. ; biographies of Barack and Michele Obama, and Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Dr. Jill Biden; names of the 56th Inaugural Committee; History of the Inauguration; Calendar of Official Events; 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade Participants; United States Senate & House of Representative Leadership; Official Inaugural Balls; Security Procedures; Access for Those with Disabilities; Places of Interest in Washington DC, and Transportation Tips.


            “To our knowledge, this is the first time the Presidential Inaugural Guide Book has been transcribed into braille,” says Dr. Tuck Tinsley III, President of APH. “We are truly honored to play such an important part in U.S. history.”


            The guide book is 72 pages in print.  The braille version is 118 pages.  Hard copies of the guide are being distributed to a select group of people.  APH has produced 150 braille copies and will send them to the 56th Presidential Inaugural Committee for distribution later this week.


            In addition to distributing braille copies, the Inaugural Committee will post an electronic version on its website,,  and there will be a podcast on this website for visually impaired persons who wish to access the guide electronically.


The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, is the world's largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH's fully-accessible web site ( features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S. APH products can also be ordered through Louis.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to

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