Our object this week is an interesting device used by our research team in the 1960s to study reading speed. Visually it is a tan plastic box with rounded corners, about ten inches long , six wide, and four high. It has a clear window on the top, and on its right side are a crank, a switch, and a dial with several settings. It was called a “Reading Pacer.” The Educational Research Dept. at APH, headed by Dr. Carson Nolan, was studying the impact of controlled exposure devices on braille reading rates. Nolan and Research Associate Cleves Kederis published a paper on the subject in the 1967International Journal for the Education of the Blind, pp. 16, 97-105. You could set the clockwork on this machine to deliver a reading lesson at a set rate measured in words per minute. The crank was used to wind it up, and the dial set the speed at which a printed lesson would reveal itself through the window on the top. Hint: you can use your hand or a bookmark to perform a similar controlled exposure function and there are plenty of folks who think you can teach yourself to speed read that way!
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
The Orbit Reader …