American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
October 21, 2013
Just attended the APH Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY., which was very well attended by many professionals in the field of visual impairments! Three in our group from Tennessee had missed the scheduled tours of APH, and then we met Bob Belknap! He took time out from his busy conference schedule, and conducted the tour to our delight! It was my first time to actually see where the many adaptive materials are not only designed, but created, boxed up, and delivered to other school systems all over the USA! Our students with visual impairments not only use many of these wonderful materials every day, they help to increase their chances of being successful, independent learners with these APH products! The tour was definitely one of the highlights of our APH Conference visit! I was also impressed with how "clean" the work areas were, and how "safety-conscious" the APH workers were in the various parts of the building! Many of the workers have chosen to stay and work at APH for several years, and definitely claim ownership of the amazing products they help design for the Vision population! I think this speaks very highly of not only the workers, but the APH management staff as well! I also enjoyed seeing many of my Hero's in the field of Vision in the APH Museum! What a testament to so many inspiring, humble teachers, who have worked tirelessly for our student's with visual impairments! It made me very proud to be in this field, and to know that they are many professionals continuing to improve the academic careers for individuals with vision loss! Thanks, again, for a wonderful, informative tour! I look forward to visiting with APH staff and professionals in the future!
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Increase funding for the Technology Department, to increase the odd's that our student's with visual impairments can realistically "compete" with the rest of the sighted work-force once they transition to college and careers!
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