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.
After months of ongoing negotiations between the Transforming Braille Group (of which APH is a member) and Orbit Research (the manufacturer of the Orbit Reader 20), American Printing House has removed the Orbit Reader 20 from its catalog and shopping site. This comes after discussions have stalled regarding the terms of distribution to TBG partners. The global nonprofits that make up the TBG collaborate as a group to purchase Orbit Reader 20s as part of an effort to keep costs low.
“Working with the TBG, APH has negotiated in good faith for many months, balancing the needs of our customers and organization, our interest in driving a low-cost braille market, and our valuable partnerships with TBG members,” says APH President Craig Meador. “Despite our best efforts, we have not found alignment on the issues at hand. APH must now move forward, and focus our energies on our mission to support students with braille literacy and adults in their independence.” The Good News
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by Jessica Minneci One of the best things about the Fourth of July is seeing
the fireworks at night, that is, if you can see them. I’m visually impaired, so
I can’t enjoy fireworks in the same way as everyone else, but that doesn’t mean
I have to stay at home. I’ve been lucky enough to have family and friends who
encouraged me to come with them to firework shows and who also described
everything that was happening. This Fourth of July, make fireworks displays fun
for everyone by following my list of tips for describing fireworks to people
who are blind or visually impaired. How to Describe the Fireworks Sit close to your friend who is blind or visually impaired.
Do your best to make sure that they can hear you over the sound of the
fireworks. When the show starts, make sure that you describe everything
in real-time. Tell them what is happening exactly as it is happening. Describe the color of each firework, how bright it is, and
how fast it's moving. Demonstrate the size of the firework…