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The Movers and Shakers

For your reading convenients below you will find all the Movers and Shakers published in 2018

January 2018

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Who: APH is a non-profit organization that researches, develops, and produces educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for those who are blind and visually impaired. APH was founded in 1858 in Louisville, Kentucky. It is not only the oldest organization of its kind in the United States, but the world’s largest.

Where: American Printing House for the Blind is located at:
1839 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206.

There are two different guided tours offered at APH. First, you can tour the plant and museum. During this tour, you will see how Talking Books and braille books are created, view demonstrations of educational products, and visit the museum. This free tour is held Monday through Thursday at 10:00 & 2:00. Secondly, there is the guided museum tour, which is available by appointment Monday through Saturday. This tour focuses on the historical and educational components of the museum. The free museum is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time Monday-Friday, and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays. Also, once each month, there is a special program presented by Museum education staff. The list of events is available online at

What: The American Printing House for the Blind provides several services:
*Textbooks and tests in accessible format
*Tactile Graphic Image Library (TGIL), has a collection of well-designed templates to assist in the development of tactile graphics.
*Custom Media Productions, can make your materials accessible to your employees, customers, partners, etc.
*Accessible Magazines, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, and Scholastic News are available in accessible formats. The first two mentioned magazines may be free to those U S citizens who meet the necessary criteria.
*Braille Tales; eligible US families receive six print/braille books per year, until the child turns six years old.

APH has a large collection of products that include:
*Product Information, downloadable product manuals and parts lists
*Technology software and downloads, has demos, product information and support
*Videos and webcasts, about products and services
*Instructional Products Catalog, except for textbooks, this catalog list all APH products

Latest Product: Indoor Explorer is a new feature of the Nearby Explorer iOS app, now available in an experimental version. Indoor Explorer helps you navigate within supported venues that have been mapped and equipped with beacons. This exciting new feature has similar functions to the outdoor Nearby Explorer; it allows you to independently learn about the location of entrances, rooms, elevators, restrooms, and more and then navigate to those locations.

APH, just last month, featured and is testing the Indoor Explorer app at Louisville International Airport. From their public release: “APH has taken advantage of Bluetooth, beacon technology with the app for use on iOS devices. Once travelers download the app, they can easily navigate every aspect of the airport from the ticket counter, through security and directly to their gate. It gives travelers the freedom to independently find the baggage claim, security, bathrooms, emergency exits, airport shops, restaurants and specific gate numbers.”

Upcoming events:
Saturday January 20 (10 am – 3 pm): APH celebrates Louis Braille’s 209th birthday and the gift of literacy he brought to people who are blind by unveiling our newest museum exhibits. The focal point of The Birth of Braille is Le Procédé – the book he published in 1829 to tell the world about his new code. Only six copies are known to be in existence. Two of them are in the United States and the copy in the museum is the only one on display for the public. The Boy Named Louis exhibit tells the story of this remarkable individual.

Tuesday January 23: APH celebrates 160 years of operation in Louisville. Representatives from the governor’s and mayor’s office will each speak. Tours of the plant and museum will be held throughout the day. Employees, along with some teachers and students from the Kentucky School for the Blind, will showcase APH products that provide the essential ingredients for education and independent living. Also, a writing contest will be kicked off for students and adults who are blind and visually impaired, along with the professionals who work them. Nancy Lacewell can provide details to people who are interested. Contact her via phone at 502-899-2339 or email at:

Contact Information:
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
Phone: 502-895-2405
Toll-Free Customer Service and Technical Support: 800-223-1839 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax: 502-899-2284

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