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Throwback Thursday Object: Morrison Heady and his "Talking Glove"

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I can’t believe it has taken me this long to blog about today’s object of the week.  It comes from one of my favorite Kentuckians, Morrison Heady (1829-1915).  He called it his “Talking Glove.”  It is a basic man’s leather glove—there was a day when a gentleman would not leave the house without his hat and gloves—with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet stenciled in black ink across the inner surfaces of the palms and fingers.
Heady lost his vision in separate accidents as a boy in Spencer County, Kentucky and his hearing at age 40 after a fall from a horse.  Inventor, author, and teacher, known as the "Blind Bard of Kentucky," Heady invented this method to continue communicating.  Although Heady invented it independently, it had been known for centuries following the work of George Dalgarno in Oxford, England in 1680.  Heady was the fundraising agent for the American Printing House for the Blind in the 1860s.  He traveled all around central Kentucky demonstrating a model …

Quick Tip: Tactile Graphic Line Slate. This one-of-a-kind slate helps you create raised lines for tactile graphics onto various media (braille paper, vinyl, foil, and drawing film).

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Resources for Persons with Disabilities for Finding Employment

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Inspired by National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we intend to highlight in this post several resources available to anyone with a disability that they can use to locate employment. While a few of them are local or regional in scope, most are available to anyone in the United States. Some of the listed agencies offer tips for finding employment; others offer job boards, job listings, and career fairs. Note that we are not including vocational rehabilitation services or offices for the blind as these vary by state.

There also may be other local resources that you may obtain; check with the appropriate personnel in your state or region. For the sake of clarity, we placed these resources into what we are calling “restricted” and “unrestricted” resources. We use the term restricted to indicate either that the resource has a limited scope, i.e., its services are only available to people in a particular area of the country, or the resource is only available to people with…

Throwback Thursday Object: Script Letter Board from 1963

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Our object this week is a Script-Letter Board from 1963. When schools for the blind were founded in the United States in the 19th century, handwriting was a big part of the curriculum. There were numerous handwriting guides being invented and marketed. Most of that started to go away in the 1870s with the invention of the typewriter. But students still needed to be able to sign their name in cursive letters. Designed for student practice in making muscular movements for handwriting, the APH Script-Letter Board was made of rigid black plastic and featured recessed script letters that can be traced with a stylus or pencil. Around 1990 APH redesigned the product, made thicker (1/8") and from a white plastic rather than black PVC. You can still buy the revised model today.

Micheal A. Hudson
Museum Director
American Printing House for the Blind

Quick Tip: Rib-It Ball. Aaron Rouby, a COMS from Newton, MA, tells us about the Rib-It Ball!

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Becoming a Better Cook: Tips and Recipes That Can Help

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Becoming A Better Cook: Tips and Recipes That Can Help!

Do you wish you were a better cook? Have you allowed blindness or a visual impairment to prevent you from learning to cook? Perhaps you simply haven’t taken the time to learn. Maybe you have fairly well-developed culinary skills and want to improve them. Whether you are a novice cook, an expert, or you fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, we have found some resources that may be right for you.

Cooking in the Dark

Cooking in the Dark is a radio show that offers its listeners recipes and tips for making them. Hosts Dale Campbell and Cheryl Cummings demonstrate specific equipment that people who are blind and visually impaired can use to cook more easily and efficiently. The show is heard on ACB Radio Mainstream Saturday nights and Sundays and may also be available on other reading services for people who are blind.

Cooking in the Dark is archived; you can listen to shows from as far back as 2007. As you examine the archive, yo…

Quick Tip: Bold. Strong. Together! A recap of the 148th APH Annual Meeting.

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October 2016 APH News

**This Month’s Headlines:
APH Helps Release Annual Reports from Historic Residential Schools for the BlindAPH Gets Your Product Feedback!Field Testers Needed: Room with a ViewAPH at World Blind UnionGraphiti—Experts NeededThe Road to Accessible MAPSocial Media SpotlightNew ProductsAPH Travel Calendar and much, much more…http://www.aph.org/news