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Quick Tip: The Impressor. Make your business cards accessible with this embosser.

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Throwback Thursday Object: Puzzle map of the US

ByUnknownMarch 24, 2016ImageOur object this week is a molded puzzle map of theUnited States from the 1940s. APH Superintendent Benjamin Huntoon beganmaking wooden relief maps in the basement of the Kentucky School for the Blindin the 1870s. Little changed in their manufacture for fifty years. In 1922, APH bought electric carving tools to speed the process, but themanufacture of the maps continued to require skill and tedious handwork. In 1936, an article in the Courier Journal featured an interview with theforeman of the APH map shop, William J. Butler, who was working on a woodenmodel of a U.S. map to be used to “make a mold for experiments incompositions.” The copyright date on the mold of 1939 suggests theexperiments were completed by that date. Production of dissected mapsalmost doubled in the years between 1938 and 1944, reaching levels not seenagain until the mid 1960s. By 1945, the desk-sized hard rubber relief mapof the U.S. appeared in the APH catalog. A 1945 report on map w…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Orientation & Mobility for Wheelchair Users with Visual Impairments

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Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk

ByUnknownMarch 18, 2016Recently we wrote about Apple’sAccessibility Page. But Apple is not the only mainstream technology companywho has demonstrated a concerted effort to reach and assist people withdiffering disabilities. If you use Microsoft products of any kind and you havea disability, Microsoft’s DisabilityAnswer Desk is the place to turn for assistance. Microsoft describes thedisability answer desk as follows: “The DisabilityAnswer Desk is where people with disabilities can get support with Microsoftproducts and accessibility features.”
To reach the disability answer desk, call 1 (800) 936-5900between 5am-9pm (Pacific Time) on weekdays and 6am-3pm (Pacific Time) on weekends.You may also contact them via videophone at 1 (503) 427-1234 for American SignLanguage Support. The site which provides information about the answer deskalso offers a chat option that is available 24 hours a day. To use the chatfeature, it appears that you must log into your Microsoft account; I clickedthe chat li…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: All Aboard! The Sight Word Activity Express

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Accessible March Madness Resources

ByUnknownMarch 14, 2016If you’re anything like me, you find yourself caught up inthe phenomenon aptly termed “March Madness.” Even the most casual collegebasketball fan can find something to interest them as it relates to MarchMadness—a local school who succeeds in the tournament, a small school whodefeats bigger schools and advances, or the inspirational story of a player whohas overcome adversity to make an impact on the tournament.
Regardless of your level of tournament knowledge orinterest, we are providing you links for participating in an accessible bracketcontest and for listening to or watching the games. First, you know if you havetried to participate in bracket contests that many lack accessibility. Thereare too many out there to test all of them; however, we know that there is onespecially created bracket contest, the goal of which is to provide a fullyaccessible bracket for screen readers. To participate, go to http://terrillthompson.com/ncaa/to get all of the information and to fill …Post a CommentRead More »

Blindfold Games: iOS Games for the Visually Impaired

ByUnknownMarch 11, 2016Do you want to use your iOS device to play games? Maybe you thought it was impossible or that the selection was quite small. Fortunately Marty Schultz of Kid Friendly Software has developed a series of games developed for blind and visually impaired people to play. Sighted people also can play these games, many of which are adaptations of card games or board games you probably already know.
Marty describes the development of Blindfold Games as follows:
At Blindfold Games, we’re building audio gamesfor visually impaired kids, teens and adults. Since 2013, we’ve created overtwo dozen games that are enjoyed by thousands of blind people.

With Kid Friendly Software, Icreate game apps for visually impaired and sighted children, teens andadults. The first game we built was Blindfold Racer, an audio game where you drive with yourears instead of your eyes, built as a STEM project with 4th, 5th and 6th gradechildren. That game was so popular, and we received so much praise from…Post a CommentRead More »

NEW! Accessible Tests Resource Center

ByUnknownMarch 11, 2016APH’s new President Craig Meador envisioned an online Accessible Tests Resource Center. Director Debbie Willis accepted the opportunity to make valuable test-related data/information/resources available for use by test publishers, item developers, accessible media producers, test takers who are blind or visually impaired, their parents, guardians, teachers, school administrators, test administrators, and a variety of assessment personnel and test teams across the country. Communications Department Director Scott Blome, Media Specialist Ricky Irvine, Webmaster Malcolm Turner, and Social Media Specialist Paul Ferrara agreed to create this new sub-site of our APH website, to check content for logical flow and accessibility, and to incorporate information provided onto the site, while adding interesting graphics-based information to enhance readability of the text-based information.
At this time, there are 25 major categories that focus on the topic of Accessible Tests. The list of catego…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: FVLMA Work Site

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O&M for Wheelchair Users with Visual Impairment or Blindness

ByUnknownMarch 08, 2016ImageThis web-based publication helps O&M instructors learn how to train students who are wheelchair users to travel safely and effectively.

Follow Scott Crawford as he instructs a variety of adult wheelchair users—who also experience vision impairment—in the proper techniques to complete tight turns, enter and exit through doorways, trail sidewalks and curbs, ascend and descend stairs and escalators, and much more. Scott’s ability to analyze the environment and to solve mobility obstacles make this a must have educational tool.

This website shares techniques and strategies that are proven successful with students in the rehabilitation setting. It does not suggest that any particular skill be taught in a particular method, and acknowledges that what works successfully with some students may fail with others.

The O&M for Wheelchair Users website includes 12-chapters with Q&A and True Story sidebars plus 197 demonstration video clips. Each chapter has easy access to the top …Post a CommentRead More »

APH on Pinterest

ByUnknownMarch 07, 2016It is our goal to interact with you in as many ways as we can. Besides this blog, facebook and twitter, we have significantly increased our presence on pinterest. With the creation of our two newest boards, deafblind and APH sale items, we now have 23 pinterest boards. Besides increasing our boards, we have also sought to add pins from many places covering multiple topics.
For anyone who may be unfamiliar with pinterest, it is a site which people use to promote things they like with the use of pins. Each pin is a product, recipe, item or picture thus making pinterest an excellent way to shocase products visually while, at the same time, adding a written description and providing a link to view, obtain information and purchase the product.
You may discover some overlap between boards. You may also wish to repin pins to your own boards or add pins to ours. We hope you utilize these boards and that they benefit you, and if pinterest is something you have not experienced, this is an excel…Post a CommentRead More »

March 2016 APH News is now online!

ByUnknownMarch 04, 2016**This Month’s Headlines:
Louis Braille Book UnveilingDorinda Rife Joins APH as Vice PresidentMARCH 25TH DEADLINE to Enter APH InSights Art Competition!APH Museum Readers Theater presents, “The Mousetrap”Episode Five of TGTV Now Available!Treasures from the APH LibrariesQuick Tipsfrom APHSocial Media SpotlightAPH Travel CalendarNew Products from APHThe Braille Book Corner and much, much more…http://www.aph.org/newsPost a CommentRead More »

TapTapSee: A Blind and Visually Impaired Camera

ByUnknownMarch 04, 2016TapTapSee is a mobile camera applicationdesigned specifically for the blind and visually impaired. Versions areavailable for both Android and iOS devices. The app utilizes the smartphone’s cameraand a mobile screen reader like TalkBack or Voiceover to photograph objects,identify them and speak the identity out loud for the user.
TapTapSeeenables the user to double tap on the device’s screen to photograph any two orthree dimensional object at any angle, have it accurately analyzed, and definedwithin seconds. As was stated above, once this process is complete, the mobilescreen reader then speaks the identification audibly to the user.
Moreover,TapTapSee includes the following additional features: Repetition of the lastimage’s identification, ability to upload images from the camera roll, shareidentification via Twitter, Facebook, text or email, rotor reader, flashtoggle, and the ability to save the identified image to the camera roll withthe attached tag. The ability to uploa…Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday: Our First Talking Book

ByUnknownMarch 03, 2016ImageOur object this week helps us celebrate the 85th anniversaryof the passage of the Pratt-SmootAct on March 3, 1931. Pratt-Smoot helped create the National Library Service for the Blind andPhysically Handicapped within the Library of Congress. Originally,the NLS planned to circulate only braille books, but the American Foundation ofthe Blind and its director RobertIrwin championed the inclusion of audio books too. In 1936, theAmerican Printing House installed a model sound recording studio, and by theend of the year, APH Superintendent A.C. Ellis was boasting that we were theonly institution in the world with the capacity to record and press talkingbook records. Our first book was “Gulliver’s Travels,” but unfortunatelyno copies have been preserved. Our object is a the first record fromWashington Irving’s “The Sketchbook,” which came on sixteen black vinyl33 1/3 rpm phonograph records, one of four other books we recorded thatyear. You’ll note on the record label tha…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Blast Off with Braille!

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