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Quick Tip: An APH Night Before Christmas. Who else is ready for some holiday fun?

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Our final Quick Tip video for the year. https://youtu.be/1S74WjNYfJQ

APH Awards Its Highest Honor to a Deserving Member of the Field

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Dr. M. Cay Holbrook Awarded APH’s 2017 Wings of Freedom Award Cay Holbrook has been an important member of the APH family for over 20 years. Her accomplishments have strongly benefited the teachers, students, and families we proudly serve. Her professional credentials as a vision teacher in several states, as vision program director and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, associate professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and professor at the University of British Columbia, make her uniquely qualified to guide projects and author policies that make us, and our field, stronger.
Other facets of Dr. Holbrook’s amazing career include her work with the Carter Center in China, her co-creation of the biennial Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference with Janie Blome (GITWL), and countless edited and authored textbooks, articles, and curriculums, including her groundbreaking work with Alan Koenig to create the Learning Media Assessment that continues to be used internationa…

Quick Tip: Individual Calendar Kit. Help kids get ready for the new year with the Individual Calendar Kit!

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Here it is! December 2017 APH News!

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This month, APH is transforming access as dramatically as braille did back in the 1850s with the introduction of BrailleBlaster™ software.

A Few of This Month’s Headlines:
APH Approaches Major Milestone NEW! Color-by-Texture CIRCUS Coloring PagesNEW! AnimalWatch Vi Suite (for iPad)Field Tests and SurveysCreate your own Braille at Home!APH InSights Art Competition 2018 Now Open!Braille Badges Contest Deadline is Here!Winner Announced! We Have a New Unforgettable APH Video Star!STEM CornerSocial Media SpotlightAPH Travel Calendar and more…http://www.aph.org/news/december-2017/

The Pearl: A Throwback Thursday Object for Creating Tactile Graphics

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On the seventy-sixth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we tried to find something that applied to remember the day, but we don’t have that kind of collection.  But we do have a PEARL!  The Plate Embossing Apparatus for Raised Lines was invented and designed by APH engineer Gary Davis in 1984.  To my knowledge, only two were ever made.  The PEARL is a metal tooling machine that functioned much like a sewing machine, only instead of stitching fabric, it embosses raised lines on metal embossing plates used to create tactile graphics.  About four feet wide, the PEARL is all business with its gray paint and stainless steel hardware, so in that regard it does reflect those ships on battleship row.  The operator sat in front of the machine and fed the plate under the tooling arm.  Although most of our tactile graphics production has gone digital, we still have a PEARL ready to produce plates for jobs that run on our Heidelberg Presses.

Photo Caption (The Plate Embossing Apparatus for…

Braille: A Foundation for the Future

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Braille: A Foundation for the Future
by Craig Meador, President, APH
Photo shows a boy reading braille.

Technology has been a boon for everyone and people who are blind or visually impaired have benefited a great deal from the availability of, and perhaps, more importantly, the efforts to make technology fully accessible.There are more ways to learn and access information and entertainment than ever before, thanks to these advances in technology. While this has provided great cause for celebration (believe me, we at APH are the biggest fans) it has also come with some misinformation and incorrect assumptions about the need for braille.Let me begin by saying these advances will not take the place of braille as e-readers will never entirely replace printed materials.

Braille is an established form of communication used by people around the world who are blind and visually impaired. Braille is essential to literacy, because it incorporates all the elements of the printed word, including …