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Accessible 2017 Tax Publications and Videos Available from the Internal Revenue Service

ByUnknownJanuary 27, 2017We are happy to report that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) again makes accessible documents, videos, and other resources available for people with disabilities. The IRS provided the following article:
IRS Servicesfor People with Disabilities
Hundreds of accessible federaltax forms and publications are available for download from the IRS AccessibilityWeb pages. Visit IRS.gov and select the Forms & Pubs tab to access theAccessible Forms and Pubs link.You canchoose from large-print, text, accessible PDFs, e-Braille, or HTML formats thatare compatible when used with screen readers and refreshable Braille displays.The IRS also provides videos in American Sign Language with the latest tax informationand has adedicated ASL YouTube Channel that houses the videos.
IRS Tax Return PreparationHelp is Available
People who areunable to complete their tax returns because of a physical disability or areage 60 or older may get assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income TaxAssistance (…Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday Object: First Annual Report of the American Printing House for the Blind

ByUnknownJanuary 26, 2017ImageFirst Annual Report of the American Printing House for theBlind

Our object this week celebrates our “Founder’s Day,”observed on January 23rd every year, the day in 1858 that the President of theKentucky Senate signed the bill that chartered our company and sent it toGovernor CharlesMorehead to be signed. You can read a copy here. Our first annual report was not published until November 1860, and much of itwas written by our first “General Agent,” a colorful character named Dempsey B.Sherrod. This is a complicated story, so my blog this week will be a bitlonger than usual. Sherrod was a graduate of the Mississippi School for theBlind. Like other blind men of his age, he had been taught to readusing raised letters, but there were very few books available in thatformat. So he took it upon himself to change that. He begantraveling around the South and Midwest, urging legislatures to support thisthing he called The American Printing House for the Blind. His firstsuccess …Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Little Breath of Wind: An adorable print/braille book with rich tactile illustrations, has now been made UEB-compliant!

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Nature for the Blind: Connecting People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired with Opportunities for Outdoor Exploration

ByUnknownJanuary 19, 2017ImageWhat ideas and thoughts come to mind when you think ofnature, especially as it relates to persons who are blind and how they interactwith it? Perhaps you’ve had experiences as I have where people with typicalvision talked about how much they wished I could see one or more aspects ofnature or some outdoor phenomenon that seemed only to be understood by peoplewith typical eyesight.
While people with blindness and low vision may notexperience the outdoors in the same way as people with typical vision, they canenjoy it, learn about it, and experience it in their own unique way. This posthighlights a new website, http://www.naturefortheblind.com/,dedicated to enhancing the understanding and interaction with nature and theoutdoors by people who are blind and visually impaired. We will discuss thesite’s founder and his inspiration for creating it, the information the siteprovides, and how you may add to its content.
Nature for the Blind
The Nature for the Blind website strives to co…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Fred’s Head from APH. Read about the more than 3000 posts and the 200 areas of interest we cover in the blog and find out how to contribute.

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A Comprehensive History of Braille

ByUnknownJanuary 12, 2017ImageJanuary is Braille Literacy Month
APH’s copy of Procédé pour écrire les paroles, la musique et le plain-chant au moyen de point, 1829, by Louis Braille (1809-1852). Dear Readers:
January marks Braille Literacy Month, an opportunity to take a step back and contemplate the importance of braille in the lives of children and adults who are visually impaired or blind. Literacy has taken on increased importance in our world as we’ve moved through history, and it has never been so critical to success and fulfillment as it is today. The ability to read and write, whether using the senses of vision, hearing, touch, or a combination of senses, is considered a critical skill for employment and leading a well-rounded life.
Literacy through touch has not always been a given for those who are blind, and methods of reading tactually have evolved. Thanks to APH Museum Director Micheal Hudson, we are able to provide you with a detailed chronology of the evolution of braille and the literacy it has b…Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday Object: Todd’s Improved Edison-Mimeograph Typewriter

ByUnknownJanuary 12, 2017ImageTo continue lookingat alternative writing tools as we celebrate Louis Braille’s birthday, thisweek we feature an early typewriter adapted for users with vision loss. Famed inventor Thomas Alva Edison developed this machine in 1894 to cutstencils for his Mimeograph machine. (A Mimeograph was an early duplicatingmachine that I learned how to use as a page back in my own middleschool.) The Edison Mimeograph Typewriter used a rotating disk on thebase to select a letter, then a lever on the left of the machine was pressed toactivate a hammer that struck a plunger that typed on the underside of theroller. To view what had been typed, an operator had to swing the carriageupward. W.G. Todd, Superintendent of the Kansas Institution for Education ofthe Blind from 1893-1895, sold a modified version of the Edison-MimeographTypewriter that he had adapted for use by people who were blind or visuallyimpaired. Todd rearranged the keyboard and put raised letters on the keys. Thisexample…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Denna Lambert’ Keynote Address. This inspirational talk was given during APH’s Annual Meeting 2016. Please enjoy!

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January 2017 APH News

ByUnknownJanuary 10, 2017January is Braille Literacy Month! Some of this month’s headlines include:

Celebrating Braille Literacy MonthOrbit Reader 20 PreviewNew Products: Braille Badges and UEB Little Breath of WindNew Feature! STEM ProductsVideo: Denna Lambert, Annual Meeting KeynoteAPH Receives Golden Apple AwardTreasure from the Migel: Father Thomas Carroll LetterSocial Media Spotlight: What You’ll Find in APH’s Facebook FeedQuick Tips Corner: Braille-Related VideosAPH Travel Calendar and more…http://www.aph.org/news/Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday Object: the Noctograph

ByUnknownJanuary 05, 2017ImageThe Noctograph
Our object this week dates back to the days of Louis Braille. And Louis wasn’t the only person who was blind searching for better ways to write. Ralph Wedgwood, an English inventor credited with inventing carbon paper, was issued a patent for “An Apparatus for Producing Duplicates of Writings” in 1806. The device, as described in the patent, is similar to this object, an original “Prescott’s Noctograph.”
William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859), an American historian, was gradually losing his vision and invented this device for writing. The writing frame of the Noctograph is wrapped in fine green leather, and features a series of parallel brass wires. Measuring 10 1/8 x 8 3/8 in., it was used with a stylus, instead of pencil or pen.
Carbon paper–thin paper coated with carbon or another colored substance–was inserted between two sheets of writing paper that were placed beneath the writing frame. When the stylus was pressed into the top sheet of paper, t…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Gross Motor Development Curriculum. The Gross Motor Development Curriculum for Children With Visual Impairments by the American Printing House for the Blind is a new curriculum written by Dr. Pamela Haibach and Dr. Lauren Lieberman.https://youtu.be/uFE0YU6fRNI

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