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Celebrating the ADA

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Today we celebrate the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, more commonly known as the ADA. This law was created to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against in any aspect of public life including employment, education, transportation, or housing. As we reflect upon the enactment of this life-changing legislation, we are reminded of the importance of the work we do at APH while recognizing that much still needs to be done.
Education and EmploymentFor more than 160 years, APH has manufactured products and materials that assist in the education of students who are blind and visually impaired and prepare them for eventual employment. APH is a living testament to our belief in equality. People with disabilities work throughout the company, including marketing, customer service, and product and software development. We emphasize to all employees the importance of creating an inclusive work environment.
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Special Collections Librarian Creates "Blind Musicians" Collection

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Mike May Joins Access Explorer Team as Chief Evangelist

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Mike May, a pioneer in accessible navigation, has joined the Access Explorer Team (an incorporated company owned by American Printing House for the Blind). May brings experience that will help the company continue to lead the way in accessible navigation.  “Mike has more than 25 years of experience in accessible indoor wayfinding and literally originated this effort in the US. There is nobody with more experience or passion for accessible indoor navigation than Mike,” says Access Explorer CEO, Jose Gaztambide. “He’s an incredible leader and human being, and everybody at Access Explorer and in the indoor navigation industry will benefit from his commitment and presence.” Mike will help the Access Explorer company develop partnerships, identify resources to help expand its mission, and ensure Access Explorer’s work meets the highest standard of accessibility. “I’ve been learning how to navigate since I was blinded from an explosion at age 3, and have worked on accessible navigation as …

Experiencing Fireworks as a Visually Impaired Person

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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…