Showing posts from May, 2013

2013 Inductees into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field Announced


New product: EZeeCount Abacus

APH's EZeeCOUNT Abacus is specially designed with two-textured beads and a large frame to accommodate needs of students who are blind and visually impaired.

This abacus consists of a 10 x 10 grid of flat beads. The beads can be flipped and distinguished by color and/or texture. The red beads are wavy/rough and the yellow beads are smooth. Each row of beads slides along an elastic band from left to right. The reverse side is a dry-erase board.

The included instruction booklet provides examples of how the EZeeCOUNT Abacus can be used in a variety of ways.

• Counting
• Addition
• Subtraction
• Number Combinations
• Multiplication
• Fractions
• Patterns
• Graphs
• Place Value
• Games

Before using the EZeeCOUNT Abacus for any of the activities in the Instruction Booklet, allow the student to practice: 

• Flipping the beads from one side to the other.
• Recognizing and describing the texture difference between the beads.
• Sliding the beads from left to right while pra…

New Product: The Genetic Code in Large Print and Braille

1-08977-00 -- $15.00

The genetic code is the set of rules by which information encoded within genetic material (DNA or mRNA sequences) is translated into proteins (amino acid sequences) by living cells.

The genetic code consists of 64 three-letter "words" or "codons" that use a four-letter nucleotide alphabet: A, U, C, and G. Each three-letter codon is translated to one of 20 amino acids or a stop signal. For example, the codon AUG codes for the amino acid methionine, and the codon UUU codes for the amino acid phenylalanine. In this way, a sequence of DNA nucleotides is translated to a particular sequence of amino acids. During the translation process, amino acids are linked together to form proteins. Proteins are involved in cellular activities such as enzyme proteins needed for chemical reactions; structural proteins such as keratin and collagen found in hair, nails, and skin; hemoglobin in red blood cells needed for oxygen delivery to cells of the bod…

Guidelines for Making PowerPoint Presentations Accessible to People with Low Vision

PowerPoint presentations are a staple of the business world, and are also popular in college and university classrooms. Have you ever viewed a PowerPoint presentation and thought, "I can barely read that text..."? For the millions of Americans with low vision, this occurs often. There are some simple, easy steps you can take to make your next PowerPoint presentation accessible to everyone in your audience. 

These guidelines were compiled by Elaine Kitchel, Low Vision Project Leader at APH. This material may not be duplicated or distributed without express written consent of APH.

In PowerPoint Presentations:
Sans Serif fonts should always be used for text and for headings of more than one line. Good choices are APHont, Verdana, Tahoma, and Helvetica. Bold typefaces are preferred. (Note: If you create PowerPoint files using APHont, then transfer the files to another computer or media player which does not have APHont installed on it, APHont will not be visible on the slide s…

APH News: May 2013

May 2013 Exciting New APH Products Announced! Read on to learn about these new products - now available!
> NEW! Large Print Textbooks for Your eReader!APH Spring Fever SaleREVISED! Tactile Treasures Tactile/Color Edition (Complete Kit)NEW! Genetic Code Large Print BrailleEZeeCOUNT Abacus Now Available on Shopping Site!NEW! APH InSights Calendar 2014APH Braille Book Corner ESAC Returns to APH! Clockwise from front left: Jim Olson, Christine Hinton, Jim Durst, Julie Kagy, and Charlotte Lowry.  The Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) is charged with providing oversight and leadership in the planning, evaluation, and delivery of product-related services provided by the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind at APH, and on April 8-12, they did just that.

The committee, led by Chair Jim Olson (CO), met with APH staff to discuss topics including definitions and categories in the Student Registration System for Federal Quota, the APH website, the Tactile Graphic Image…