Throwback Thursday Object: Morrison Heady and his “Talking Glove”

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Throwback Thursday Object: Morrison Heady and his “Talking Glove”

ByUnknownOctober 27, 2016ImageI can’t believe it has taken me this long to blog abouttoday’s object of the week. It comes from one of my favorite Kentuckians,MorrisonHeady (1829-1915). He called it his “Talking Glove.” It is abasic man’s leather glove—there was a day when a gentleman would not leave thehouse without his hat and gloves—with the twenty-six letters of the alphabetstenciled in black ink across the inner surfaces of the palms and fingers.
Heady lost his vision in separate accidents as a boy inSpencer County, Kentucky and his hearing at age 40 after a fall from ahorse. Inventor, author,and teacher, known as the “Blind Bard of Kentucky,” Heady inventedthis method to continue communicating. Although Heady invented itindependently, it had been known for centuries following the work of GeorgeDalgarno in Oxford, England in 1680. Heady was the fundraising agent forthe American Printing House for the Blind in the 1860s. He traveled allaround central Kentucky demonstrating a model …Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Tactile Graphic Line Slate. This one-of-a-kind slate helps you create raised lines for tactile graphics onto various media (braille paper, vinyl, foil, and drawing film).

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Resources for Persons with Disabilities for Finding Employment

ByUnknownOctober 21, 2016ImageInspired by National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we intend to highlight in this post several resources available to anyone with a disability that they can use to locate employment. While a few of them are local or regional in scope, most are available to anyone in the United States. Some of the listed agencies offer tips for finding employment; others offer job boards, job listings, and career fairs. Note that we are not including vocational rehabilitation services or offices for the blind as these vary by state.

There also may be other local resources that you may obtain; check with the appropriate personnel in your state or region. For the sake of clarity, we placed these resources into what we are calling “restricted” and “unrestricted” resources. We use the term restricted to indicate either that the resource has a limited scope, i.e., its services are only available to people in a particular area of the country, or the resource is only available to people with…Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday Object: Script Letter Board from 1963

ByUnknownOctober 20, 2016ImageOur object this week is a Script-Letter Board from 1963. When schools for the blind were founded in the United States in the 19th century, handwriting was a big part of the curriculum. There were numerous handwriting guides being invented and marketed. Most of that started to go away in the 1870s with the invention of the typewriter. But students still needed to be able to sign their name in cursive letters. Designed for student practice in making muscular movements for handwriting, the APH Script-Letter Board was made of rigid black plastic and featured recessed script letters that can be traced with a stylus or pencil. Around 1990 APH redesigned the product, made thicker (1/8″) and from a white plastic rather than black PVC. You can still buy the revised model today.

Micheal A. Hudson
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Quick Tip: Rib-It Ball. Aaron Rouby, a COMS from Newton, MA, tells us about the Rib-It Ball!

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Becoming a Better Cook: Tips and Recipes That Can Help

ByUnknownOctober 14, 2016ImageBecoming A Better Cook: Tips and Recipes That Can Help!

Do you wish you were a better cook? Have you allowedblindness or a visual impairment to prevent you from learning to cook? Perhapsyou simply haven’t taken the time to learn. Maybe you have fairlywell-developed culinary skills and want to improve them. Whether you are anovice cook, an expert, or you fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, wehave found some resources that may be right for you.

Cooking in the Dark

Cooking in the Dark is a radio show that offers itslisteners recipes and tips for making them. Hosts Dale Campbell and CherylCummings demonstrate specific equipment that people who are blind and visuallyimpaired can use to cook more easily and efficiently. The show is heard on ACBRadio Mainstream Saturday nights and Sundays and may also be available on otherreading services for people who are blind.

Cooking in the Dark is archived; you can listen to showsfrom as far back as 2007. As you examine the archive, yo…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Bold. Strong. Together! A recap of the 148th APH Annual Meeting.

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October 2016 APH News

ByUnknownOctober 04, 2016**This Month’s Headlines:
APH Helps Release Annual Reports from Historic Residential Schools for the BlindAPH Gets Your Product Feedback!Field Testers Needed: Room with a ViewAPH at World Blind UnionGraphiti—Experts NeededThe Road to Accessible MAPSocial Media SpotlightNew ProductsAPH Travel Calendar and much, much more…http://www.aph.org/newsPost a CommentRead More »More postsPowered by Blogger

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