APH NewsYour monthly link to the latest information on the products, services, and training opportunities from the American Printing House for the Blind.
Exciting New APH Products Announced!Read on to learn about these new products - now available!
- APH Winter Wonderland Sale
- Building on Patterns: Second Grade, Unit 7
- REVISED! The Wilson Digital Voice Recorder, Ver. 4
- APH Braille Book Corner
Winter 2013 APH Video Contest
Information on how to participate in the contest can be found at: www.aph.org/contest.
By sending your product videos, you will be eligible to win cash prizes up to $150.00, a great way to start the New Year!
National Instructional Partnership (NIP) on Social Skills Scheduled for March in KentuckyProduct:
Getting to Know You: A Social Skills/Ability Awareness Curriculum with Authors Nita Crow & Stephanie Herlich
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz, KY (special room rates available), Toll-free: (800) 325-1708
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (box lunch provided)
Contact Monica Vaught-Compton to register: firstname.lastname@example.org, (502) 899-2297
Getting to Know You is a social skills/ability awareness curriculum for grades K–12. This curriculum engages students who are blind and visually impaired with sighted peers in activities that promote social interaction, social competence, and ability awareness. The product is designed for TVIs, O&M specialists, related service personnel, general education teachers, and families.
This free NIP Event is held as a KAER pre-conference workshop, and is a great opportunity to receive training on a new APH product and earn continuing education credit. The KAER Conference begins the evening of March 13 and concludes at noon on March 15. We encourage anyone who attends the Getting to Know You NIP Event to stay for the KAER Conference! For more information about the KAER Conference registration and fees, please email Jane Thompson: email@example.com
APH Literacy Workshop in New York City!
Jeanette Wicker, Core Curriculum Consultant, provided training to 15 participants at the New York Institute for Special Education on December 6. Participants were provided an overview of the book collections contained in the Sunshine, TWiG, and Rigby sets and how use of these books promotes emergent braille literacy skills for young readers. Participants were also trained on the interactive website that allows teachers to track their student’s braille skills and match books in the series to student skill level, as well as other features. Teachers created an account and entered student data to gain a full understanding of the many features of the website. Field Services Representative Cathy Johnson provided a related literacy product display for the participants as well as other staff at the school. Special thanks to EOT Joe Catavero for coordinating this event!
MyPlate Goes Tactile!
The Daily Food Plan provides customized food group targets—what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level. A Worksheet is also available to help you keep track.
The SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Start the New Year off with a resolution of better health. Partner the ChooseMyPlate website with APH MyPlate tactile graphics. Let the fun (and weight loss) begin!
From the Field:
The Importance of Sports Camps for Youth with Visual Impairment
See what a child with a visual impairment can experience at camp and enjoy the best song ever written to promote the "power of a dream" and "what it really means to be blind." APH is happy to present this collaboration between 2X Olympian, Marla Runyan, and singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Terry Kelly. This new Feature on the APH Physical Education Web site is the result of APH staff and a dedicated group of professionals who spent a week at Camp Abilities in Brockport, NY. Terry performs one night at the camp every year, and the campers look forward to dancing and singing to his music. Marla, a teacher of children with visual impairments, came to camp as a track coach and as an APH consultant on a motor development curriculum written by Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D., and Pamela Haibach, Ph.D., both professors at The College of Brockport, SUNY. Amanda Tepfer, an adapted physical education teacher and doctoral student at Oregon State University, has been the camp photographer for over 10 years. Marla paired Amanda's amazing photos with Terry's lyrics to make this inspirational video. Click here to watch the video and to locate a 2013 sports camp near you.
EOT Dr. Dean Stenehjem (Washington State School for the Blind) ReportsWe are so proud of Team – WSSB. Sherry Hahn and Robin Lowell representing the school received 2nd Place - "Lync"ing Distance Learning Math Classes to Blind and Visually Impaired Students; "Accessible/usable online learning for blind/visually impaired students." It was nice to see this cutting edge work be recognized on an international basis by Microsoft® Partners in Learning.
New post: Five U.S. teachers win at @MicrosoftPiL Global Forum. Projects highlighted here: http://t.co/WvRlJIuS - Congrats to all! #PiLGF 12/3/12 8:02 AM
Five U.S. teachers from Florida, Michigan & Washington win awards at #Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum http://t.co/G7i8xP6r #PiLGF 12/3/12 6:41 AM
Hadley Course on Advancing CareersIf you are blind or visually impaired and are self-employed or thinking about starting your own business, Hadley invites you to take a short survey. As you may know, in September 2011, The Hadley School for the Blind launched the Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship (FCE), the goal of which is to provide individuals who are blind or visually impaired with the knowledge, resources and networking opportunities to enable them to advance in their careers or to successfully launch and grow their own businesses. The goal of this survey is to gain more information about current or potential students who can benefit from the FCE and use that information to better our curriculum. You can find the Self-Employment Survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fce-self-emp.
APH Research Department Welcomes New Employees
Technology/Assistive Technology Experts: We Need Your Help!Do you have technology/assistive technology expertise? Would you be able to assist APH in updating a document on Test Access: Guidelines for Computer Administered Testing? If you do, or if you know someone who does, please email Debbie Willis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Accessible Tests. APH would sincerely appreciate assistance with updating this document which provides valuable information to states and schools working with test publishers and vendors to make state, district, and other assessments available via computer-based and online systems for students who are blind and visually impaired.
APH Visits the White House
2013 Nomination Process for the Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
"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."
Hall Legend Passes: Dr. Sally Rogow
To view the biography of this legendary teacher and activist, visit www.aph.org/hall/bios/rogow.html.
Treasures from the APH LibrariesThe APH Barr Library supports research initiatives at APH, while the Migel Library is one of the largest collections of nonmedical information related to blindness in the world. Although the collections do not circulate, arrangements can be made to use the materials on-site. In addition, an ongoing digitization effort means APH will continue to make materials available through the online catalog at http://migel.aph.org.
Two of the many "Treasures from the APH Libraries" are described below.
From the Barr Library: Franks, Frank L. APH Meeting on Needs of Blind Students in Science. Atlanta, Georgia. Louisville: American Printing House for the Blind, 1979.APH held a national meeting in conjunction with the 1979 National Science Teachers Association convention to explore the needs of science students who are blind. The goal of the meeting was to develop and prioritize instructional aids and materials for students who are blind in science classes. Meeting participants considered science concepts and assessed materials with a focus on tactile aids. While this work provides a concise summary of the meeting, it also compiles a large and detailed collection of handwritten survey results and tally sheets, product description sheets with added notes, and an item-by-item priority ranking.
From the Migel Library: Furman, Lucy S. Sight to the Blind; a Story. New York: Macmillan, 1914.Sight to the Blind is a fictional work about a settlement school in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. In the story, a nurse named Miss Shippen helps to bring sanitation and health education through the settlement school at which she works. Of additional interest in the book is the afterword, which is a brief, illustrated account of the rural settlement and school in Hindman, Kentucky on which the book was based. The afterword explains that Hindman actually was home to the world’s first "social settlement," which was sponsored by the State Federation of Women’s Clubs of Kentucky. Several women spent three summers in the mountains building a school and offering social services and educational opportunities to the populace.
Contact Library staff: email@example.com, 800-223-1839, ext. 705
Oldies but Goodies: The "Established" APH Product Series
The Game Kit includes three generic game boards of varying difficulty, two sets of dice, a plastic dice shaker and a dice tray, a set of six tactile/visual playing pieces, a set of brightly colored cards, a card draw/discard holder, four handheld disc card holders, a spinner with six tactile overlays, and a copy of the book Educational Games for Visually Impaired and Sighted Children, which contains nearly 100 unique games.
The print booklet that is included with this product has been recently updated and is now available as a free-of-charge PDF file that you may download and print as needed. Visit our downloadable manuals page at: www.aph.org/manuals/index.html.
If you have any suggestions for other products you would like to see highlighted in this monthly feature, please send your comments to Monica Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Service Activities
Weekly Sessions at the Mattingly CenterField Services Representative Kerry Isham held a three-week series of product presentations in December for the Mattingly Center, a day-program facility in Louisville, KY, for adults with severe developmental disabilities and physical disabilities. The one-hour sessions - attended by speech, recreation, and occupational therapists - were held on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th.
The first session focused on the APH Intervention Continuum: The Sensory Learning Kit (SLK), Symbols and Meaning (SAM), and Tactile Connections.
Session number two addressed daily living skills. Products presented included: Sherlock Talking Label Identifier, Colorino, MotionPAD, Feel ‘n Peel Stickers, Wilson Digital Voice Recorder, iBill Currency Scanner, EZ Fill Pouring Aid, Picture Maker, and Math Flash.
The third and final session covered APH products for recreation and leisure such as: Web Chase, Scattered Crowns, TREKS, Talking GlowDice, Games for People with Sensory Impairments, Sound Ball, Rib-It Balls, Tangle Toy Kit, Sound Adapted Tangle Ball Kit, and Game Kit.
The therapists who attended these presentations were very excited to find out that APH provides such a broad range of products for individuals with multiple impairments, including blindness and low vision.
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APH Travel Calendar
JanuaryJanuary 7-8, 2013
2012 Pacific VIP Winter Intercession;
January 18, 2013
Braille Plus 18 Hands On Training;
January 28 - 30, 2013
NIMAS Board Meeting and AIM Advisory Committee Meetings;
January 30-February 2, 2013
FebruaryFebruary 25 - March 1, 2013
San Diego, CA
February 27, 2013
Sensory Learning Kit NIP Event;
February 27-March 1, 2013
Virginia Chapter AER Conference;
APH Winter Wonderland SaleLoad up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH's Fall Harvest Sale 2012, January 1—March 31. As always, first come, first served.
New Downloadable Manual AvailableGet the manual you need instantly! APH offers a selected list of product manuals available for free download (www.aph.org/manuals/). You may print or emboss these as needed. We will continue to package hard copies of these manuals with their products and sell hard copy replacements.
Newly added manual: FVLMA Practitioner's Guidebook, braille (5-96153-00)
NEW! Building on Patterns: Second Grade, Unit 7Print Kit: 8-78470-U7 -- $219.00
Braille Kit: 6-78470-U7 -- $219.00
Unit 7 Replacement Items
- Teacher’s Edition:
Print: 8-78471-U7 -- $119.00
Braille: 6-78471-U7 -- $119.00
- Student Textbook: 6-78473-U7 -- $39.00
- Consumable Unit Assessment Packet (print & braille): 8-78476-U7 -- $20.00
- Binder: 6-78474-U7 -- $35.00
- Three complete chapter books in braille
- Timed reading in each lesson
- More independent reading suggestions
- Simplified lesson monitoring sheets
- Quick Read for silent reading and reading comprehension practice
- Meet the Authors with information on the BOP writers in each unit
Celebrate BooksBuilding on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts -- reading, writing, and spelling.
Note: Building on Patterns: Second Grade replaces Patterns Second and Third Reader Levels.
The Building on Patterns series addresses phonemic awareness (ability to hear and interpret sounds in speech), phonics (the association of written symbols with the sounds they represent), comprehension, fluency, and oral vocabulary, all of which have been identified as important for reading instruction.
This program also addresses specific skill areas needed by the child who is blind, such as language development, sound discrimination, tactual discrimination, and concept development. Braille contractions are introduced from the beginning along with sound and letter associations. Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) skills such as using tactile graphics and technology are also included.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: First Grade or equivalent skills.
Recommended ages: 7 to 8 years and up.
REVISED! The Wilson Digital Voice Recorder, Ver. 41-03993-02 -- $39.95
Not available with Quota funds.
This state-of-the-art digital voice recorder is simple to use. Record up to 12 hours of voice messages and download to your computer via the included USB cable. Features: store multiple messages, easily add or delete messages, and volume control. Clips to your belt, visor, or purse.
- Off switch
- When memory is full, the oldest recorded message is automatically deleted
Measures 2 x 3 x 0.5 inches. Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).
Note: The Wilson digital recorder is not related to the Wilson Reading System product.
APH offers a number of recreational books in braille (Quota funds can be used). Each of these titles was originally transcribed and produced by APH for the National Library Service which has graciously granted permission for this offering. As usual, these titles have been added to the APH Louis Database where you can find thousands of titles produced in accessible formats.
Note: all books are produced upon receipt of orders, therefore, please allow several weeks for delivery.
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge: T-N1907-70 -- $25.50
Recounts the 1965 protests against voting discrimination in Alabama led by Martin Luther King Jr. Discusses ordinary kids placing themselves at risk of being beaten and sprayed with tear gas to participate in the civil rights struggle in Selma and the five-day march to Montgomery. Grades 5-8 *(AR Quiz No. 132720, BL 6.6, Pts. 3.0)
A Princess of Landover
by Terry Brooks: T-N1869-20 -- $97.50
Mistaya is suspended from school in the natural world after scaring a classmate with magic. Banished to Libris, the royal library, Mistaya discovers an evil magician is threatening Landover. Sequel to Witches' Brew. Young Adult Reader *(AR Quiz No. 132443, BL 6.1 Pts. 18.0)
Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World
by Harold S. Kushner: T-N1884-20 -- $51.50
Rabbi and author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People discusses fear and suggests ways to manage this emotion. He uses religious teachings and personal accounts as guides for empowerment. Includes a message of hope.
by Pamela Nowak: T-N1885-10 -- $89.50
Dakota Territory, 1876. Miriam Longstreet leaves school for Fort Randall, where her father is the commander, and discovers that her mother is addicted to laudanum and wants Miriam to marry a lieutenant. But Miriam falls in love with a private. Some strong language and mature content. Adult Reader
Midnight Sons: Volume 1
by Debbie Macomber: T-N1870-00 -- $95.50
Features two classic stories -- "Brides for Brothers" and "The Marriage Risk" -- that center around the three O'Halloran brothers, who, running a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, campaign to bring women to their town north of the Arctic Circle. Adult Reader.
*Accelerated Reader quiz number, book level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January 2006 APH News or www.renlearn.com/ar/
APH News CreditsPresident:
Dr. Tuck Tinsley
Malcolm Turner, APH Website Coordinator
Thanks to the following APH staff:
- Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
- Ralph Bartley, Director, Research
- Janie Blome, Director, Field Services
- Scott Blome, Director, Communications
- Maria Delgado, Field Services Representative
- Justin Gardner, Special Collections Librarian, Resource Services
- Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Museum
- Kerry Isham, Field Services Representative
- Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer, Communications
- Drew Lueken, Communications Support Specialist
- Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services
- Tristan Pierce, Multiple Disabilities Project Leader, Research
- Monica Turner, Field Services Representative
- Jeanette Wicker, Core Curriculum Consultant, Research
Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research
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October Issue - www.aph.org/advisory/2012adv10.html
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