APH News: 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 Sale
- REVISED! Tactile Treasures Tactile/Color Edition (Complete Kit)
- NEW! Genetic Code Large Print Braille
- EZeeCOUNT Abacus Now Available on Shopping Site!
- NEW! APH InSights Calendar 2014
- APH Braille Book Corner
ESAC Returns to APH!
Clockwise from front left: Jim Olson, Christine Hinton, Jim Durst, Julie Kagy, and Charlotte Lowry.
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 Library, federal funding and quota spending, and much, much more. Along with Jim, committee members Julie Kagy (NC), Charlotte Lowry (AL), Christine Hinton (NJ), and Jim Durst (IN) heard reports from Advisory Services departments, including Resource Services, Communications, and Field Services. They provided input on discussions about Annual Meeting, and building relationships with agencies that provide services to adult clients and those that provide services to infants and preschoolers.
The committee provided APH with a concise, comprehensive report before departing. The report contained commendations for our accomplishments over the last year, and, more importantly, excellent recommendations for projects, activities, and improvements for the upcoming year.
APH appreciates the dedication shown by ESAC members to take time away from their important work to assist us in support of our mission. Thanks, ESAC!
Summer 2013 will be Unforgettable!This summer, capture a 5-minute APH product video while you are having fun with your friends at summer camp or as a summer school project. It can make you an instant APH Star.
Every entry in our Unforgettable APH Star contest is eligible to win up to $150.00 cash and will be entered into a random drawing for three $25.00 Amazon.com gift certificates. Entries must be received by September 17, 2013.
We already know you use APH products, so capture your best moments in a quick video and have an unforgettable summer!
For complete guidelines and submission form, go to: www.aph.org/contest.
Reminder: Typhlo & Tactus Tactile Book Contest 2013-Entries Due July 15Once again APH is the U.S. national contact for the international biennial competition created to encourage improvement of the quality and quantity of tactile books for young children with visual impairments. Don’t miss the chance to submit your tactile book, designed for children with visual impairments from birth to 12 years of age. Visit www.aph.org/edresearch/tactile-book-contest/ for rules and deadlines.
APH’s Nearby Explorer Android App will be Found at the ACB Convention
Oldies but Goodies: The "Established" APH Product Series
IntelliKeys® IntelliTactiles® Overlay Companions IntelliTactiles Pre-Braille Concepts®IntelliKeys® is an alternative keyboard designed to meet the needs of students with physical disabilities. It is a customizable, flat, touch-sensitive device that provides auditory feedback for overlays placed on the touch-sensitive surfaces. Unlike standard keyboards with a fixed set of keys, the configuration of IntelliKeys can be easily changed by sliding different overlays onto the touch sensitive area. The IntelliKeys keyboard, related software, and standard overlays are available exclusively from IntelliTools®. APH has developed overlays for the IntelliKeys keyboards designed specifically for users who are blind or visually impaired.
IntelliTactiles® USB Overlay Companions and the IntelliTactiles® Standard Overlay Companions align with the IntelliKeys keyboard's visual overlays developed by IntelliTools, making them accessible to braille readers. Each durable clear-plastic tactile overlay is designed to slip under the ledges of the IntelliKeys keyboard. The User’s Guide presents reduced visual images of the overlays and details notable features that make the print and tactile overlays different in any way, such as the incorporation of braille abbreviations or the use of special point symbols. A short introductory presentation about IntelliTactiles Standard Overlay Companions, along with other APH product presentations, can be found on the APH website at www.aph.org/products/presentations.
IntelliTactiles Pre-Braille Concepts® includes seven tactile overlays that can be used with the IntelliKeys keyboard, or as stand-alone “worksheets” to develop young children’s tactile discrimination skills, shape recognition ability, and understanding of many spatial/positional concepts. Although these overlays would be beneficial to any child, the overlays are especially ideal for children with visual impairments and blindness. The User’s Guide for this product provides the quiz scripts recorded for each of the overlays to allow teachers/parents to use the overlays apart from the IntelliKeys keyboard.
You can access the complete set of User's Guides for these IntelliTactiles products from APH's downloadable products manual page at www.aph.org/manuals/index.html. Downloads are available in both print (.pdf) and braille (.brf) file formats and are free of charge.
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.
From the Field:
Miami Lighthouse and Carroll Center Collaborate on Braille Music Distance Learning ProjectThe Braille Music Distance Learning Curriculum, launching June 1, is a series of braille music lessons that will enable contracted braille readers to learn concepts of musical notation through 26 comprehensive lessons. Each lesson can be completed in 45 minutes. Students will submit their assignments for review online.
The teacher is Jin Ho Choi who serves as the Braille and Assistive Technology Distance Learning Instructor at the Miami Lighthouse. Jin, totally blind since age 19, is a prolific composer and author of this course.
For additional information, contact Virginia Jacko at 305/856-4176 or email@example.com.
Texas School Enjoys New Campus
Around the House:
Vice President of Development Named
APH President Tuck Tinsley said, “We conducted a national search and believe we have the right person for this challenging job. Bob is qualified, energetic, and has the experience APH needs to garner funding for future projects.”
Bob and his wife, Miriam, have two grown sons, Chris and Michael.
National Prison Braille Network (NPBN): Annual Forum News
Nearly half of the known prison braille programs in the U.S. were represented at the 2012 Forum.
It’s not too soon to save the date for the 2013 Forum, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16. Once again, professionals from the fields of vision and corrections will come together to share information about prison braille programs – both the challenges and the success stories. If you would like to be added to a mail list to receive notices about future National Prison Braille Network activities such as the Forum, contact Becky Snider: firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-899-2356.
NEW! Large Print Textbooks for Your eReader!
High Quality Large Print at a Substantial SavingsAPH electronic large print textbooks feature the complete content of the original print edition, formatted for improved accessibility using APH’s proprietary in-house process. All textbooks use a minimum 18-pt. font, enlarged images, and a color palette designed for accessibility and clarity. The digital format provides greater portability and convenience for the user. Also, many of these digital editions now feature image descriptions.
Several subjects are available, including language arts, science, and social studies, from the nation’s best-known publishers. Search Louis for titles you need and download your textbooks today!
- While APH is not taking orders specifically for the digital format, current large print textbook orders are being offered in print and digital file form.
- One copy of each desired large print file must be purchased for each student user.
- APH electronic large print textbooks are intended for use on an eReader only; they cannot be printed.
To transfer files to the student’s device, consider looking into the free program/app Dropbox. You can load the program onto your PC or Mac, and then put the Dropbox app on the student’s device. You can then quickly transfer files from your computer to the student’s. Or there is the option to send a link to the student, and he/she can download the file by clicking on the link and accessing the Dropbox website. Here is the link to their website, so you can investigate it further: https://www.dropbox.com/
NEW! Building on Patterns (BOP) Kindergarten and the Common Core State StandardsRecently posted on the Research page of the APH website is a reference document with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and information on where they are addressed in the BOP Kindergarten curriculum. BOP lesson numbers are listed next to the standard when a particular lesson addresses that standard.
Information about the BOP First Grade and Second Grade curricula will be added over the next few months.
The document is available in HTML and Excel (.xlsx) formats. Follow this link to Research Resources: www.aph.org/edresearch/#research-resources or visit the APH homepage and click the Research Resources link, then select either the HTML or Excel link following the heading BOP Kindergarten and the Common Core State Standards
APH’s Jan Carroll Tapped as NBA President—Staffers Attend Conference and Participate
Gary Mudd, Bill Beavin, President Jan Carroll, Cathy Senft-Graves, DeAnna Morrison, Jayma Hawkins
Sessions provide instruction on the preparation of braille materials according to the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) rules and guidelines and other information. The topics for this conference’s sessions included braille transcription software, chemistry, formatting, math, music, tactile graphics, and more.
APH Vice President Bill Beavin also attended the banquet on April 19 where Jan Carroll was installed as the President of NBA for 2013-2015. The next NBA conference will be held October 24-26 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Becomes First Publisher to Reach 10,000 NIMAS files in the NIMAC!In its 7th year of operations, the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) now has 35,000 NIMAS file sets available. These files, which we receive from over 100 publishers, are used by APH and others across the U.S. (and its outlying areas) to produce accessible educational materials needed by students in the classroom. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has reached a milestone as the first participating publisher to reach 10,000 file submissions to the NIMAC! The NIMAC extends its congratulations to HMH for this accomplishment and sincere appreciation for its ongoing commitment to serve students with print disabilities.
University of Arizona Loves APH!
Getting a Feel for Tactile Graphics in Baltimore
Vanderbilt Students Visit APH
We welcome these future leaders to our field, and hope they’ll be fans of APH for life!
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 Migel Library: Koestler, Frances A. The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in America. New York: AFB, 2004.Originally published in 1976 for the 50th anniversary of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), The Unseen Minority is a detailed and comprehensive history of the issues, individuals, and organizations involved with blindness in the United States. As the first book to be awarded the C. Warren Bledsoe Award from the American Association of Workers for the Blind, this 658-page classic builds a broader, inclusive history around the story of AFB. It is a definitive work that brings together an account that is not collectively available elsewhere. Not only is a history of M.C. Migel presented, for example, but also a history of the M.C. Migel Library in which this copy of the book is held. This reissued edition also includes an outline of recent issues and a collection of historical chronologies.
From the Barr Library: Vadasy, Patricia F. and J. Ron Nelson. Vocabulary Instruction for Struggling Students: What Works for Special-Needs Learners. New York: Guilford Press, 2012.With the goal of equipping educators with pragmatic methods for fostering the growth of at-risk learners’ reading, writing, and speaking skills, the authors explore the body of cross-disciplinary research on vocabulary learning and instruction. Concepts such as morphology and collocations ground a subsequent analysis of the effectiveness of popular word lists, which are relied upon in the teaching of high frequency, root, and academic words. The book culminates into an evaluation of the most commonly accepted pedagogical techniques for teaching vocabulary, from as early as preschool and extending into middle school and adulthood. Ultimately, Vadasy and Nelson concede that there are still some areas that demand more understanding, such as unconventional forms of vocabulary assessment, along with the most effective ways to teach and retain students who are not native English speakers.
APH is working with the Lyrasis Consortium and Internet Archive to digitize portions of the M.C. Migel Library. Search the phrase “full text” to find these items at http://migel.aph.org. The digitized texts are available in a variety of formats, including DAISY, Kindle, EPUB, PDF, etc.
Contact Library staff: email@example.com, 800-223-1839, ext. 705
More New Braille Plus 18 Videos Added!
Check Out Book Port DT!
- Simple: If you want an easy-to-use playback device with a large, great sounding speaker, just use the Book Port DT with the included removable mask that simplifies the controls. Plays standard NLS Digital Talking Book Cartridges.
- Sophisticated: Want to listen to podcasts or internet radio, make your own recordings, or read computer files? You can do all of this and more with the Book Port DT!
Book Port DT: simple OR sophisticated, it’s up to you!
Social Media Spotlight
In 2003, Alaskan Dan Bigley was returning from fishing when he was brutally mauled by a bear, an attack which left him totally blind. He recently wrote a fantastic book detailing his recovery and adjustment to blindness. Beyond the Bear: How I Learned to Live and Love Again After Being Blinded by a Bear is a story of the power of love and one man's unbelievable determination to live a full life. Read our book review: http://www.fredshead.info/2013/04/blinded-by-bear-dan-bigleys-story.html.
Milestone Achieved!This month, we reached 1 million all-time pageviews on Fred's Head, our blog. Thank you for your support and keep on reading!
"Like" APH at Our Facebook Page!We invite you to visit our Facebook page and "Like" us! You can find APH at these social media sites: Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and at our blog, Fred's Head from APH.
APH Welcomes New Ex Officio TrusteesFaanati Penitusi, the American Samoa Department of Education, replacing Peter Tinitali.
Lisa Kisiel, the Michigan Commission for the Blind Training Center, replacing Christine Boone.
Kristine Takekawa, the Hawaii Department of Education and the Hawaii center for the Deaf and the Blind, replacing Steven Shiraki.
Jackie Brennan, the Overbrook School for the Blind, replacing Gerald Kitzhoffer.
Luz E. Robles Bermudez, the Puerto Rico Department of Education, replacing Maria Cruz Davila.
APH Travel Calendar
APH Hands-On Product Presentation;
California State University LA; Anaheim County Schools; LAUSD
May 8-10, 2013
NIP Event: CVI with Chris Roman at Dakota AER;
Grand Forks, ND
May 13, 2013
New Hampshire TVI Training: Braille Plus 18 and Refreshabraille 18;
May 13-16, 2013
Kentucky Rehabilitation Association/Southwest Region National Rehabilitation Association(KRA/SERNA);
JuneJune 4, 2013
NIP: APH Intervention Continuum with Millie Smith;
June 6-9, 2013
June 8, 2013
KSB Alumni Event;
June 11-13, 2013
Texas AT Network Conference;
June 14-15, 2013
DE Deaf/Blind Program SAM Workshop;
Rehoboth Beach, DE
June 27-30, 2013
JulyJuly 1-6, 2013
July 4-12, 2013
July 14-17, 2013
OSEP Directors Project Conference;
July 24-25, 2013
NIP: APH Intervention Continuum (SLK, TC, & SAM) with Millie Smith;
July 25-28, 2013
CHARGE Syndrome, 11th International;
AugustAugust 2-4, 2013
West Virginia AER 2013; Terra Alta, WV
August 8, 2013
NIP Event - APH Communication Continuum: SLK, SAM and TC with Millie Smith;
August 9, 2013
NIP Event – APH Communication Continuum: SAM with Millie Smith;
August 12, 2013
Advisory Commission on Textbook Specifications (ACTS);
August 22-23, 2013
NIP Event: Woodcock-Johnson III – Tests of Achievement-Braille Adaptation/Training on Administering and Scoring with Lynne Jaffe;
Ann Arbor, MI
August 27-29, 2013
NIP Event: Math Workshop with Susan Osterhaus;
Grand Rapids, MI
SeptemberSeptember 19-21, 2013
Envisions 2013 Conference;
September 27, 2013
Human Development Institute: APH Products, Services, and Accessibility Workshop;
APH Spring Fever SaleLoad up a world of savings on selected APH products with APH's Spring Fever Sale 2013, April 1—June 30. As always, first come, first served.
APH Has Discontinued Repair of the Table-Top Cassette Tape RecorderEffective April 1, 2013 APH is no longer repairing our Table-Top Cassette Tape Recorder/Player due to the lack of parts availability. We appreciate your understanding.
New Downloadable Manuals 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 manuals:
- Tactile Treasures [modernized version, see below] (1-08842-01)
REVISED! Tactile Treasures Tactile/Color Edition (Complete Kit)1-08842-01 -- $359.00
Optional ItemTeacher's Guidebook, Braille: 61-151-313 -- $21.30
Replacement ItemTeacher's Guidebook, Large Print (with CD-ROM): 61-151-312 -- $17.15
Tactile Treasures Tactile/Color Edition is an informal assessment and teaching tool for use with children from preschool through elementary grades. It helps students develop an early understanding of basic concepts and vocabulary that are prerequisites for reading and math. By pairing tactile graphics of thermoformed real objects with included descriptive scripts/stories, over 90 concepts related to shape, size, comparison of two or more objects, amount, position, and page orientation can be introduced and reinforced.
DescriptionTactile Treasures consists of 79 colorful thermoformed sheets featuring tactile pictures created from real objects that illustrate math and language concepts. The types of thermoformed objects are numerous—from pretzels, buttons, and rings to zippers, scissors, and shells. The variety of objects depicted adds interest, encourages exploration, and helps broaden vocabulary.
In most cases, a given concept is presented twice on a single tactile page that is divided by a raised bar, but occasionally an entire page is used to adequately convey a concept. An accompanying teacher’s guidebook provides two suggested scripts or stories for every concept introduced.
Tactile Treasures Tactile/Color Edition Kit Includes
- Three individual binders housing a total of 79 colorful thermoformed sheets measuring 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Both braille and incised print page numbers appear on each sheet.
- Large Print Teacher's guidebook with scripts/stories for each concept and a general overview of the materials, instructions for use, extended activities, and a Checklist of Concepts.
- CD-ROM containing accessible files of the Guidebook and Checklist of Concepts.
Note: Large Print guidebook is included. Braille guidebook available separately.
NEW! Genetic Code Large Print Braille1-08977-00 -- $15.00
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 body; and antibodies that provide protection against disease.
These large print/braille sheets are embossed and printed on 11.5 x 11 inch 90# paper and contain four pages per set. Each set contains a separate page for nucleotide codons or triplets beginning with the letters A, U, C, and G, and the amino acids for which they code.
Recommended age: High school.
EZeeCOUNT Abacus Now Available on Shopping Site!1-03185-00 -- $56.00
Optional: EZeeCOUNT Abacus Guidebook, Braille: 5-03185-00 -- $15.00
Replacement: EZeeCOUNT Abacus Guidebook, Print: 7-03185-00 -- $9.00
WARNING: Choking Hazard—Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.
NEW! APH InSights Calendar 2014Single Copy: 5-18971-14 -- $7.00
APH InSights Custom Calendar 2014: Call Customer Service
Makes a Great Fund-RasierArt calendars can be purchased in quantities at a special price for fund-raising projects. Your group's name can be printed and brailled on a special version of the cover. Fund-raising questions and orders should be directed to APH's Contract Administration Office, 1-800-223-1839.
Recommended ages: 4 years and up.
Note: The APH InSights Calendar MAY be purchased with Federal Quota Funds; however, quantity purchases of this calendar for fund-raising purposes MAY NOT be purchased with Quota funds.
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.
by Melissa Stewart: T-N1938-20 -- $10.50
Compares the dangers posed by more than twenty animals -- both large, such as polar bears, saltwater crocodiles, hippopotamuses, elephants, cape buffaloes, and sharks; and small, including scorpions and certain types of snakes and fish. Readers might be surprised to learn which species is the deadliest of all. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz No. 141795, BL 5.3 Pts. 0.5)
by Lisa Yee: T-N1938-10 -- $60.00
Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates, well-liked or greatly feared. The plot contains violence. Grades 4-8. *(AR Quiz No. 142709, BL 4.0, Pts. 8.0)
Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths about our Air-Conditioned World
by Stan Cox: T-N1919-40 -- $100.50
The author argues that by reintroducing traditional cooling methods as well as putting newer technologies into practice -- and by moving past industrial definitions of comfort -- we can make ourselves comfortable and keep the planet comfortable, too.
The First Husband
by Laura Dave: T-N1937-90 -- $62.50
Los Angeles travel writer Annie impulsively marries chef Griffin three months after her live-in boyfriend Nick breaks up with her. The newlyweds move back to Griffin’s Massachusetts hometown, where he opens his own restaurant, but Annie has trouble adjusting. Then Nick arrives, wanting to marry her.
A Match Made in Hell
by Terri Garey : T-N1919-90 -- $92.50
Vintage-clothing store owner Nicki Styx faces a new ghost who holds the key to family secrets. Soon Nicki struggles with her sister and mother, her boyfriend's wife, and the arrival of a charismatic devil. Some adult content.
*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/