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The Jupiter Portable Magnifier: “I liked everything about it!

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3. 2. 1. – blast off – Jupiter is here! 
The Jupiter Portable Magnifier is a brand-new product from APH. The CCTV only weighs 8 pounds, and it folds flat, making it super easy for students to carry around. 
“I liked everything about it!” says Martin Monson, a teacher at the Kentucky School for the Blind who tested Jupiter with his students. “It was simple to set up and use, and all the controls were very intuitive.  The screen and camera seemed very high quality.”
While compact, Jupiter is jammed packed with great features! The distance viewing feature will magnify your students work up to 150 times, making it easy for them to see things happening at the front of the room. When it's time for to read a textbook, or do some homework, students can rotate the camera easily without moving from their seat. 

“The camera allowed for high quality images to be captured on the screen in photo view mode, or viewed in real time with little to no motion blur when documents were moved under the…

Crossword Puzzles for Everyone

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Crossword puzzles are a fun way to pass time and stimulate your mind. When you finish a crossword puzzle, getting all the right answers, there’s such a sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, a traditional printed crossword puzzle isn’t accessible. There’s no way for someone who is blind to navigate the small boxes on the page – that’s until we got involved.
Crossword creates a game that everyone can play. Using a web browser, and a screen reader, a narrator brings you the crossword puzzle experience. All you have to do is choose a clue from either across or down, to get started. You can then hit the return key to go to the line of the puzzle where you can start typing in your answer. As you type, the screen reader will let you know if there are any letters that already exist on that line.
Available for desktop and mobile! To get started head to crossword.aphtech.org now.


Note: Crossword is available on modern internet browsers, such as Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. This works with …

Code Jumper: “Instant and Sustained Engagement!”

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In January, American Printing House (APH) let a small group of students in Florida experience the future of computer coding. Gathered around tables at an after-school program, students fiddled with the “pods” that make up Code Jumper, an accessible way to learn computer coding.
Developed by Microsoft and distributed by APH, Code Jumper is a way for students to learn coding by touching and listening. With Code Jumper students plug pods into each other to create lines of code. By building their codes, students can play music, tell stories and crack jokes.

“After observing our students interact with Code Jumper, I was most struck by their instant and sustained engagement and interest,” says Kyle Johnson, President of Lighthouse Central Florida. The children’s program at Lighthouse encourages socialization and independent living skills for children who are blind or visually impaired.
“Any time STEM-focused activities can be introduced to young people in a fun and interactive way, I belie…

Successful Nearby Explorer App Spins Off Into New Company

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American Printing House (APH) is ensuring its powerful location exploration app will lead the way in the field of accessible indoor navigation. After years of seeing great success with the app Nearby Explorer, APH saw an opportunity to take the technology to the next level.  The new company, Access Explorer, will continue to grow and adapt the technology to create a product that will continue to help users navigate new spaces independently.  “APH has been working in accessibility for more than 160 years, and indoor navigation technology is the new frontier of accessibility,” explains APH president Craig Meador.  “We are going to continue as a leader, convener, collaborator, and pioneer: this company is part of our commitment to making sure that navigation technology moves forward in a way that includes everyone.” To lead this new venture, APH has hired Jose Gaztambide as the CEO of Access Explorer. With a background in software design and development Gaztambide has the skills needed …