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Fred’s Head, offered by the American Printing House for the Blind, contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people. Our blog is named after the legendary Fred Gissoni, renowned for answering a seemingly infinite variety of questions on every aspect of blindness.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Identification by Color, Not for Me

by Donna J. Jodhan

When I had sufficient vision, I used to depend heavily on colors to help me identify things. I could remember that when I was growing up, the yellow cup was mine. The blue cup belonged to Robert and the red one was Jeff's. The green towel was mom's, the pink one was granny's and dad had a multi colored one. Colors, colors, that's how I did it.

It carried on into adulthood. I used colors to differentiate things. Documents were filed in folders of various colors to help me keep things straight. CDs were mainly identified by colors; a red patch at the bottom or a blue one at the top, or a green bar at the top left hand corner or a yellow one somewhere else. I even used colors to help me mix and match my clothes. Mom used colors to help me identify things as well and my friends followed suit.

That was then and this is now. I can no longer use colors to help me identify things. So that when a pair of headphones comes with two identical jacks and the manufacturer has used different colors to distinguish between the one for the headphone and the one for the microphone, it means very little for me. I have to use tape to help me distinguish the difference. I put tape on one of the jacks and then I have to make sure that I remember which one I have put it on. The jack for the microphone or the one for the headphone.

Nowadays, there are talking color detectors to help a blind person overcome the challenge of colors. You can visit this link to learn more about one of them, called the Colorino from APH.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
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Are the blind easier victims?

by Donna J. Jodhan

This is a topic that often arises among my clients and friends and there are several ways to look at this question. On the one hand, some would argue that some suspects may think twice before making a blind person their victim but on the other hand; there are some suspects who would not think twice to do so.

One can only guess as to why anyone would want to make another person their victim of something such as fraud, dishonesty, or anything else that is dubious or underhanded. As to the question at hand, here are my thoughts on this subject.

Blind people may be easier victims because suspects may feel that it is easier to take advantage of them because of their lack of sight. For after all; blind people cannot read printed matterial without the aid of adaptive technology such as scanners with voice output capabilities, and large print magnification. If there is a trusted sighted person on hand, then you can add this to the resources that a blind person would have at their disposal.

A blind person is unable to decipher facial expressions, gestures, and other visual cues and accordingly, they are going to be at a disadvantage when dealing with a cunning sales person. So picture this example. A sales person comes to the door of a blind person to sell their vacuum cleaner. They quickly realize that their potential client is blind and bingo! They decide to attempt a scam! They show their blind victim the vacuum but then proceed to sell them something else. It has happened in cases that I personally know of.

What I want to say is this! A blind person is a more vulnerable person when it comes to potential scams and schemes. Without eyesight, blind people are more at the mercy of potential scammers and schemers.

Do you agree? Just my two cents for today.

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SpokenLayer Helps You Listen to the Web

Plenty of startups give you new and different ways to read content on the Web, but NY-based SpokenLayer wants to give you a way to hear it.

The SpokenLayer iPhone app takes text articles online and either gives them to a human to read and record, or it uses text-to-speech synthesis to meet instant demand in a matter of seconds. Founder and CEO Will Mayo said he created the app to address his own difficulties growing up with dyslexia. The company already has partnerships with publishers including The Atlantic, National Journal, TechCrunch and Endgadget.

While about half a dozen other companies provide RSS to speech services, SpokenLayer is distinguished by the involvement of authors and professional readers who give an emotional layer to the content.

Click this link to visit

Monday, May 21, 2012

Insignia Narrator, a Talking HD Radio

The Narrator is the first IAAIS-certified HD Radio product, ergonomically designed for people who are visually impaired, with audible voice prompts and a wealth of niche programming, all in crisp CD-like digital sound. The Narrator eliminates the need to see the display. Audible voice prompts tell the user which button was pressed, and when the radio's functions are activated.

The Narrator's key features include:

  • Button layout and markings that are intuitively designed
  • Hi-fidelity HD Radio table top FM radio delivering CD-like sound quality without any static
  • 20-program memory so that your favorite stations are just a touch away
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack for convenience and privacy

The Narrator incorporates HD Radio Technology, which provides crisp, clear sound and a wealth of added formats via HD2/HD3 Channel capability on the FM dial, including sports, comedy and foreign language programming, among others.

IAAIS is a volunteer-driven membership organization of services that turn text into speech for people who cannot see, hold or comprehend the printed word and who may be unable to access information due to a disability or health condition. Find local member stations at

The radio is available for preorder from BestBuy right now. It will be available for regular purchase online this July. Click this link to visit to learn more or purchase the Insignia Narrator.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

APH’s TOAD KIT and The Blue Light Special

by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI

“If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.” Paul Gaugin (French Post-Impressionist Painter)

OK K-Mart shoppers, APH offers the best, and I mean the best blue light special for children who have cortical vision impairment (CVI).

The little blue light comes in the TOAD Kit from APH, and like the big black blanket, its benefits are quietly tucked away in the bottom of the brilliant TOAD Kit.

Take the black blanket, add a 9 volt battery to the unpretentious wired object, a piece of black cloth and “poof” you have a book full of activities using only two items that encourages all fields of vision as well as creating many lessons that enhance visual/brain understanding.

The black blanket and the blue light may also encourage movement for the child with CVI. In children with CVI the brain responds to movement as well as the color blue. Did you know that the color blue sends out eleven neurotransmitters that encourage the brain to relax and take in more information? A student will crawl, roll and walk with encouragement while the brain tracks the movement and brilliant blue light from the TOAD Kit.

Why do we as educators and parents unintentionally make daily living more difficult for our child’s vision by not eliminating visual clutter and distractions or by forcing movement that is not motivating or fun? Simply place the black blanket approximately 3-4 feet away from the child and make the blue light dance to the music.

The other day my young student with CVI began to follow the blue light and used all fields of vision for the first time since she lost her vision through Shaken Baby Syndrome. She moved to the music and began to dance while watching the light over and over again. If the music is too much to process, then simply create a soft quiet environment using only the blue light and black blanket.

Another fun activity with the little blue light is to reinforce positional words: up, down, left, right while the child is watching the light. I tease the student and sing, “up, down, shake it all around” and continue with the words from The Hokey Pokey.

Some of the ideas have helped my students, the past several years, to view and understand objects and their concepts better, is to add the little blue light that will enhance visual activity.

Movement encourages the troubled brain to see objects especially when glare and visual clutter are eliminated. My own preference is to begin with the strongest field of vision and gradually work to the weaker field, therefore, making the strong side stronger, and the weaker side improved.

Make every lesson fun and motivating. Find finger plays and music that appeal to the student and flood them with their favorite items during visual play.

The vision specialist is obviously there to first work the eyes, so place the child in a comfortable position, so that they are only exerting visual activity. Watch for glare and room temperature.

Other Fun Ideas for the little blue light:

  1. Sing the “Color Song” from Frog Street Press. “B. L. U. E. spells blue. B.L.U.E. spells blue, heigh ho did you know, B.L.U.E. spells blue.

  2. Finger plays develop the brain, speech, pre-reading and pre-writing. Take time out of each lesson to sing and remember to use blue colored lipstick and a mirror to reflect the color blue.

  3. Use large print color pictures of the ocean and discuss the color blue.

  4. Share a plate of blueberries and spell the color blue.

  5. Listen to the sound of the ocean.

  6. Use the All-In-One Board to scribble and select the color blue.

  7. Melt a pan of blue crayons and add a blueberry scent.

  8. Add blue food coloring to Vanilla pudding.

  9. “Autism Speaks” – It’s time to listen! With children ages 5-10 discuss how a child with autism struggles with intense sound, smells and sights.

Simplify your lessons and watch all the goals that you will create by using two simple items from the amazing TOAD Kit- “the little blue light and black piece of material and like the poem suggest, “If you see a tree as blue, make it blue”. Allow the child to color or paint beautiful pictures using all shades of blue.

The Tadpole Kit is a Swimming Success for Children with CVI Part 2

by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI

Sweet are the uses of adversity; Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head”- William Shakespeare

Recently, I wrote about how excited I was to be one of the first teachers to see the TADPOLE Kit for infants and toddlers who have a visual impairment. As I said in Part 1, the kit is amazing and helps educators to see what is truly being seen or not seen, understood or not by the little one.

I was also excited when I took the kit to a daycare to assess one of my toddlers who lost her vision through Shaken Baby Syndrome. Although the baby has physical and emotional trauma from the event, she is beginning to make progress and is even tracking the blue light from the TOAD Kit (that’s my next article). It was wonderful to be able to carry a case that was, along with the items for testing, light in weight and easy to carry.

With my black blanket, and items such as the banana puzzle, a real banana, and the large puzzle book, I began to notice that my student was actually using her right central visual field. The baby turned her head using “eccentric” vision and look from the black and yellow picture of the banana to the real banana that was placed in front of the black blanket. Because she has cvi, my student can see objects easier with the dark blanket available from the TOAD Kit.

I opened the large puzzle book and held a large print picture of a woman in front of her while I wore the black apron. She once again went directly to her right central field of vision and smiled. Although she struggles with hand-to-eye coordination, the baby was showing an interest visually and slightly began to move her hand toward the banana puzzle.

Some activities that my student and I did with the real banana, and the one from the puzzle was to sing, “Banana split! Go bananas, go, go, bananas, go bananas, go, go, bananas.” She moved her head to the beat to my unfortunate lack of talent but seem to enjoy the finger play. As we sang, I continued to allow her to smell the banana and look at the puzzle version. It is crucial for children especially ones with a visual impairment, to have someone draw attention from the real object to the representative one.

The next student, Javier, enjoyed the puzzle, the toothbrush and began to look from object-to-object with no hesitation as long as the black blanket was covering the beige countertop of a table. Javier and I sang, “This is the way you brush your teeth, brush your teeth, brush your teeth, this is the way you brush your teeth so early in the morning.”

Since Javier is behind verbally I took the blue cup from the cup and began echoing sound which he thoroughly enjoyed and began to copy. He also began to match the colored bowls with the colored balls and began throwing them across the room. Educators need to realize that throwing and mouthing items is a part of learning and exploring the world.

Thanks to kits like the TOAD and TADPOLE from APH, educators and parents will witness visual strengths and weaknesses and apply fun activities with the items in this awesome kit.

Our children and families have many obstacles to overcome however like Shakespeare said, “adversity is ugly and venomous like the toad but wears a precious jewel in his head.”

The Tadpole Kit is a Swimming Success for Children with CVI Part 1

by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI

"Theories fade. The frog lives on."- Jean Rostand

A few months ago I wrote a blog about an incredible assessment and activity kit that I use frequently, "The TOAD Kit". I discussed wearing my black apron from the kit, using Billy Bird and my bright yellow pompom to entice my students with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) to visually attend to their world.

Imagine my excitement when I was chosen to give my thoughts on a version of the TOAD Kit that is designed for little ones. The TADPOLE Kit is especially designed for infants/toddlers who struggle with CVI and other vision issues.

What is really cool is that on page 10 there is a General Preparation page that teaches: support and alignment of the child's body, especially the head, appropriate lighting, limitation of distraction, simplifying the child's environment and adjusting the student, so that he is physically ready and relaxed to explore and and understand his surroundings.

Teachers will also enjoy definitions for TADPOLE Skills and a TADPOLE Tool Chart such as the word "fixate"- The ability of the eyes to directly gaze on an object and hold the gaze so the object remains in view. As I quickly read down the list of definitions, I, too, felt more knowledgeable before I begin testing and doing fun activities with my little ones who have CVI.

Great Materials- I am a shopper for by anyone's standards, so imagine my excitement when I opened up the black (easy-to-carry) case that spells out INNOVATION in white print and in Braille with a clear label and order number marked on the outside of the bag. Open up the bag and out come the amazing items that are not only good for testing but for activities that will help a younger student with CVI ready for pre-school goals. Some of the helpful and durable materials from both the TOAD and TADPOLE Kits are: the TOAD Mirror, Billy Bird Puppet, TOAD spoon, a blue cup, toothbrush, a bright yellow mylar pompom, a tangle toy, Bowl and Ball which include bright yellow bowls and happy blue and yellow balls with a red apple - great for teaching object permanence, a blue slinky, the already cool Swirly Mats, numerous Match 'n Sort Cards, Tasha TADPOLE Puzzle Book, TADPOLE cards, and a wonderful TADPOLE Report for children (child information, activity, tools used, distance environment, skill and result. I dare not forget to mention TADPOLE Tools and Activities for Development of Visual Skills with 0-2 Year-Level Learners.

When I opened my black bag and took out real concrete objects from the kit (adding my own banana and apple) it was amazing how much vision or lack of that my student was using or not using. The large and high contrast pictures demonstrate where the child is looking and how much of the picture he or she is actually seeing. When I placed the real spoon up against the really large picture spoon with the red backdrop, my student smiled letting me know that he was making the connection from concrete to the abstract.

One of the best Early Childhood Case Workers saw my kit and began to beg (literally) for a kit to use with my students while she was working on different skills. I smiled and told her that I would allow her to use my TOAD Kit and when the TADPOLE comes out then she may borrow that one as well, but, I teased and meant it, "These are my kits and I am going to write my name and "VISION" in bold black letters, so that it comes back to me." Michelle smiled and eyed the case. "Michelle, do not dare walk off with my black apron or someone is going to get hurt."

We chuckled and walked out of the Daycare when she looked back over at me and said, "I still want my own kit, so you see what you can do."

Watch for the next Fred's Head blog post on this amazing tool where I will list many fun activities that will encourage a child with CVI to understand and love his surroundings because he knows there is so much more that he can see and be in this world.

Henry David Thoreau- "There's a part of every living thing that wants to become itself: the tadpole into the frog and the chrysalis into the butterfly."

The Problem with Printing

by Donna J. Jodhan

For those of us who do not have enough vision to see whether or not there is printed text on a page, here are some daily challenges that we face as blind people.

We need to ensure that when we print a page, it does contain text. When the page comes out of the printer, there is no way to tell if the page does indeed contain text or if it is blank. So for me, I use my scanner to help me out. I scan the page and then I use my access software to tell me what is going on. I can hear what is on the page through voice output. However, there is more for me to be concerned about. I have to ensure that all of the text is there and often enough, I have to ask for sighted assistance to ensure that everything is okay an that it looks okay.

When it comes to the printing of labels and envelopes, I have to be very meticulous. In my case, I have learned how to line up my envelope in the printer so that the text is well centered when it is printed but to be safe, I almost always ask for sighted assistance. The other day for example, mom told me that the text on the envelope was not centered and I had to make two efforts before I got it right.

Nothing could be worse for me than to have missing text on a page, or an envelope with an address that is not properly centered. So I have to use a combination of patience, my trusty scanner, and sighted assistance. If you'd like to learn more about software that enables blind people to use mainstream scanners, visit

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
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The World of Blind Parents

by Donna J. Jodhan At the best of times, it is often difficult and/or interesting for parents as they strive to ensure that their kids are brought up to be good contributors to society and all round good Human Beings. All parents want the best for their kids. The best lives for them and a future full of promise.

This is a much easier process for sighted parents as opposed to blind parents. For blind parents, there are additional challenges to face. One of the biggest challenges is attitude and another is to find ways to protect their independence.

I myself am not a blind parent but I have close friends who are and I never stop admiring the way they cope. My friends Melanie and Brian are blind parents of a little sighted boy Graham. They both work and follow a very hectic life. Graham is a normal little boy who does everything that all kids of his age do. Melanie and Brian are blind parents who are determined to protect their independence as blind parents.

From talking to other blind parents, attitude problems probably start as soon as their blind child is born and it continues on as they encounter doctors and medical professionals, teachers, other sighted parents and sighted kids, and up the ladder to others.

There is a whole world of compassionate people out there who will undoubtedly help to make things smoother for blind parents but at the same time there are those out there who through ignorance and naivety will continue to make life challenging.

Blind parents must be allowed to protect their independence, their right to be parents, and their right to live healthy normal lives with their kids whether or not those kids are blind or sighted. We as a society need to recognize and respect this.

Just my two cents worth for today.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Free Downloadable APH Product Manuals

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Did you know that APH products have manuals available for immediate, free-of-charge download. Examples of downloadable manuals include Crafty Graphics, Let's See, and Basic Tactile Anatomy Atlas.

Manuals available for download.

The next time you have a new APH Instructional Products Catalog, look for the yellow & black book icon to find the manuals available for download. APH will add new manuals to the download page on an ongoing basis. We will announce additions in the APH News.

The following manuals were recently posted to our manual download page,

  • ToAD: Teacher's Guidebook, Braille
  • Using Cranmer Abacus for the Blind, Large Print Edition
  • The Color Beam Book (7-08390-00)
  • Light Box Activity Guide Level Two, Large Print (7-08680-00)
  • Light Box Activity Guide Level Three, Large Print (7-08690-00)
  • Teaching Touch: Manual, Large Print (61-173-006)
  • Teaching the Student with a Visual Impairment: A Primer for the Classroom Teacher (61-205-001)
  • Braille: A Different Approach Instructor's Manual, Braille: 5-16750-04
  • Reach for the Stars, Planning for the Future: A Transition Process for Families of Young Children, Braille: 5-08410-01
  • Parent Early Childhood Education Series, 1P, Braille: 5-96201-00
  • Moving Ahead: Goin' on a Bear Hunt Reader's Guide only, Braille: 6-77907-00
  • Reclaiming Independence: Braille Resource Guide, 2V, Braille: 5-30020-00
  • Sense of Science: Animals, Guidebook, Braille: 5-08990-00
  • Tactile Connections: Symbols for Communication Guidebook, Braille: 5-08837-00
  • StackUps: Teacher's Guidebook, Braille -- 5-08960-00
  • Beginner's Abacus Guidebook: 5-03180-00
  • Basic Science Tactile Graphics: 5-08850-00
  • Teaching Touch Manual: 5-08861-00
  • Word Associations Print/Braille Labels Braille Manual: 6-39051-00
  • U.S. Puzzle Map Braille Guide: 5-01140-00
  • Braillewriting Dot by Dot, Teacher's Manual, Braille: 5-17401-00
  • Crafty Graphics: Stencil Embossing Kit, Large Print Guidebook: 7-08844-00
  • Crafty Graphics: Stencil Embossing Kit, Braille Guidebook: 5-08844-00
  • IntelliTactiles: Pre-Braille Concepts User's Guide, Print: 7-08516-01
  • IntelliTactiles: Standard Overlay, User's Guide, Braille: 5-08515-00
  • IntelliTactiles: USB Overlay, User's Guide, Braille: 5-08513-00
  • Let's See: Sensory Activities Kit, Braille Manual: 5-08141-00
  • Let's see: Perceptual Activities Kit, Braille Manual: 5-08151-00
  • Tactile Treasures : Math and Language Concepts for Young Children with Visual Impairments, Braille Guidebook: 5-08842-00
  • Braille Connection: Mentoring Manual, Braille: 5-11102-00
  • ENVISION I, Teacher's Instruction Manual, Braille, 10 and Younger: 5-08551-01
  • ENVISION I, Teacher's Instruction Manual, Braille, 11 and Older: 5-08551-02
  • ENVISION II, Teacher's Instruction Manual, Braille, 10 and Younger: 5-08552-01
  • ENVISION II, Teacher's Instruction Manual, Braille, 11 and Older: 5-08552-02
  • Sense of Science: Plants: Guidebook, Braille: 5-08980-00
  • Braille: A Different Approach, 5-16750-04
  • Going Places: Braille Worksheet Packet, 5-13091-00
  • Portable Sound Source: Sound Localization Guidebook, Braille, 5-03045-00
  • Quick Draw Paper: Suggested Uses, Braille, 5-04960-00
  • Tangle Toy Guidebook, Braille, 5-08750-00
  • Tangle Toy: Guidebook, Large Print, 7-08750-00
  • Walk-Run for Fitness: Guidebook, Braille, 5-07520-00
  • Tactile Treasures: Guidebook, Print, 7-08842-00
  • Basic Science Tactile Graphics: Guidebook, Large Print, 7-08850-00
  • Sense of Science: Animals: Guidebook, Large Print, 7-08990-00
  • Good Tactile Graphics: Guidelines, Resources, and Samples Booklet, 7-30006-00
  • HANDS ON: Guidebook, Print, 7-52210-00
  • US Puzzle Map, Print Edition, 7-01140-00.pdf
  • Tactile Connection, Spanish, Print Edition, 7-08837-sp.pdf
  • Sense of Science: Plants, Print Edition, 7-08980-00.pdf
  • Light Box Activity Guide Level One, Large Print (7-08670-00)
  • Light Box Activity Guide Level One, Spanish Edition (7-08670-SP)
  • Light Box Activity Guide Level Two, Spanish Edition (7-08680-SP)
  • Light Box Activity Guide Level Three, Spanish Edition (7-08690-SP)
  • Miniguide Reference Sheet: Braille Document (single document number: 45-202-026; multi-pack number: 1-07006-01)
  • Miniguide Reference Sheet: Large Print Document (single document number: 45-202-025; multi-pack number: 1-07006-01)
  • Splish the Fish Reader's Guide, Braille (6-77906-00)
  • Using the Cranmer Abacus for the Blind, Braille (6-50100-00)
  • Adapting Science for Students with Visual Impairments: Advance Preparation and Skills Checklists (7-00001-00)
  • Portable Sound Source: Sound Localization Guidebook, Large Print (7-03045-00)
  • Making Picture Recipes, Manual Only (7-03450-00)
  • Walk-Run for Fitness: Guidebook, Large Print (7-07520-00)
  • Talking Cooking Thermometer, text file, 1-03992-00
  • The Wilson Digital Recorder, text file, 1-03993-00
  • Life Science Teacher's Guide, Braille, 61-151-212
  • Braille Connection Teachers Edition, Braille, 5-11101-00
  • Notes to Reader Alphabet Scramble, Braille, 5-01198-00
  • Color Beam Book, Braille only, 5-08390-00
  • ENVISION I, Teacher's Instruction Manual, Print, 11 and Older (7-08551-02)
  • ENVISION II, Teacher's Instruction Manual, Print, 10 and Younger (7-08552-01)br>
  • ENVISION II, Teacher's Instruction Manual, Print, 11 and Older (7-08552-02)
  • Reach for the Stars: Transition Planning Pages only, Large Print (7-08411-00)
  • Tactile Connections: Guidebook, Large Print (7-08837-00)
  • Tactile Graphics Kit: Guidebook, Large Print (7-08851-00)
  • Braille Connection: Mentoring Manual, Print (7-11102-00)
  • Braillewriting Dot by Dot: Teacher's Manual, Print (7-17401-00)
  • Chang Tactual Diagram Kit: Instructional Guidebook, Print (7-21900-00)
  • Fine Motor Development Materials: Teacher's Guidebook, Print (7-40400-00)
  • Freund Longhand Writing Kit: Teacher's Manual, Print (7-73970-00)
  • Getting in Touch with Reading: A Fresh Approach, Teacher's Manual, Print (7-47160-00)
  • Multiplication and Division Table: Instruction Booklet, Print (7-82700-00)
  • Multiplication and Division Table: REVISED Instruction Booklet, braille file
  • Program to Develop Efficiency in Visual Functioning: Volume I, Diagnostic Assessment Procedure (8-16040-00)
  • Tactile Graphics Starter Kit: Manual, Print (8-08839-00)
  • Touch and Tell: Instruction Booklet, Print (8-44660-00)
  • Word Associations Print-Braille Labels: Manual, Large Print (8-39051-00)

You are free to print or emboss these manuals as needed. APH will continue to package hard copies of these manuals with their products. We will also continue to sell hard copy manuals as replacement items. If, however, the manual is posted as a free download, we will not carry inventory on the shelf for immediate delivery. If you order one of these manuals separately, delivery time will be 4-6 weeks for large print and 8-10 weeks for braille orders.

Test Ready: Plus Reading

This test prep series offers practice for today's standards-based assessments for grade levels 3 through 12.

Test Ready®: Plus Reading provides preparation and review, in as little as two weeks before testing day. It also provides a program of instruction and remediation.

Students practice test-taking skills for:

  • Recalling information
  • Constructing meaning
  • Evaluating literary forms
  • Interpreting fact & opinion
  • Evaluating & extending meaning

Test Ready: Plus Reading is a review program that provides practice in test-taking skills in reading comprehension and open-ended writing tasks.

In just 14 days, students can be test ready with:

  • Timed pretest to diagnose skills gaps
  • Standards-based skill-specific lessons
  • Timed mixed-practice post-test, mirroring pretest to show growth

Accessible Formats

The APH Teacher Guides and Student Books are available in several accessible formats, so that the entire class can work on math together in a multi-media approach. The large print and braille editions include a CD with an .html file and a Digital Talking Book (DTB) file with built-in player.

The large print student edition includes a specially formatted large print answer document. However, it is recommended that each student have a book in his or her preferred reading medium, and should feel free to mark answers in the test books. Used this way, the student books become consumable items.

Note: Copies of regular print Teacher Guides and Student Books are available from the publisher at: Curriculum Associates, Inc., 153 Rangeway Road, North Billerica, MA 01862-0901, 800-225-0248, Fax: 800-366-1158,

Test Ready: Plus Reading

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Scizza: Scissors for Your Pizza

We all know how incredibly frustrating the traditional pizza wheel is - it just doesn't work. It never cuts right through your pizza, and you have to run the wheel back and forth trying to complete the cut, dragging the toppings from one side of the pizza to the other. All you end up doing is making a great big mess of your meal.

Scizza has re-invented the wheel by cleverly combining two precision- ground blades that create perfect cuts with a nifty spatula on the bottom blade that slides under the pizza protecting your cooking surface and non-stick cookware. Scizza is also perfect for parents who have to cut their kids meals into small bite size pieces and is brilliant for cutting fabric, pastry and an endless list of household items without worrying about scratching the kitchen table or cutting the carpet or bed sheets when you wrap presents.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Frobo Pet Bowl

Keeping your dog guide's water nice and cold can be a complicated task.
The FroBo is simple to use. Pop the freeze core in the freezer and wait two hours. If you have some vision the core will turn a pleasing blueish-white, then put core back in the base and fill it with water. The water in the dish will stay nice and cold for about 8 hours. Holds 24 ounces. Bowl measures 10.41"D x 2.77" H. Not dishwasher safe.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Get That Old Folding Cane Repaired

Received this via email and wanted to share.

We can repair the elastic in that favorite folding cane of yours for $17.00, and that includes shipping with in the 48 states. Just send Paypal payments to and include the length of the cane if known. The turn around for our repairs are about 7 to 10 days, and you save from having to buy a new folding cane. Also, you can send questions to the same email address.

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