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White Cane Laws in the United States

Most people probably don't realize that there are laws regarding white canes and pedestrians who are blind in the United States. And these laws vary by state.

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) has compiled a detailed description of white cane safety laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This website also includes the penalties for breaking the law as well as links to the state statutes.

On October 15 each year, we hold National White Cane Safety Day, a day of awareness-raising and advocacy. Events are held throughout the country to teach the community about the safety and rights of pedestrians who are blind.

UPDATED! Oldies but Goodies: "Established" APH Products

by Monica Turner
As a Field Services Representative, one of my responsibilities is to go to conferences and exhibit APH products. Oftentimes I will display many of the new and exciting products that we have to offer in order to provide consumers an opportunity to see the items firsthand before making the decision to purchase them. While it is wonderful that APH has been producing so many new products over the past several years, I find that I'm not often able to take along as many of the wonderful, older products that we still have available. We give you information about our new products each month as they are released, and we have been thinking that it might be beneficial to also go back and revisit some of the "oldies but goodies." We hope you agree and we welcome any suggestions you may have about products that you would like to see highlighted.

Please send your comments and suggestions to Monica Turner at

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APH News: December 2013


Resources for Accessible Nutrition Education

The holidays are upon us; a time for friends, family, good cheer, and unfortunately for some, bad nutritional habits. With all the shopping to get done and parties to attend, who has time to make good, nutritional choices, let alone teach proper nutrition? Well, APH may be able to assist you with some free tactile graphics and online resources to get you started.

In 2011, as part of Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity, MyPlate was introduced as a simplified replacement for the government’s food pyramid. In response, APH has added several MyPlate tactile graphics to the Tactile Graphics Image Library (TGIL), available for free download at

Before you start clicking on all the great links below, we want to take a moment to remind teachers and parents why nutrition is such an important topic. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980[i]. In 2010, mo…