44 episodes

American Printing House has a big goal: a future that belongs to everyone. For more than 160 years APH has created products that provide access for people who are blind and visually impaired. To create a world that welcomes everyone, we know it's going to take a lot of change makers. Join us as we highlight the people who are making the biggest difference in our field. We'll talk to everyone from CEOs to students. Know someone we should highlight? Email communications@aph.org.

Change Makers: A Podcast from APH American Printing House

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American Printing House has a big goal: a future that belongs to everyone. For more than 160 years APH has created products that provide access for people who are blind and visually impaired. To create a world that welcomes everyone, we know it's going to take a lot of change makers. Join us as we highlight the people who are making the biggest difference in our field. We'll talk to everyone from CEOs to students. Know someone we should highlight? Email communications@aph.org.

    High-Tech Braille Devices

    High-Tech Braille Devices

    On this episode of Change Makers, we’re celebrating braille history with a look at some of our high-tech braille that feature braille technology. We’ll look at a brand-new product that’s in the works, learn what new feature is coming to Chameleon 20 and go waaaaay back and learn about the history of braille. We will also have a check-in with Partner’s With Paul.

    Participants (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerDonna McClure-Rogers, APH Early Childhood Product ManagerWilliam Freeman, APH’s Product Manager, Educational Product InnovationMicheal Hudson, APH Museum DirectorPaul Ferrara, CPACC, ADS, Certified Braille TranscriberKim Nova , Mystic Access, Director of Product DevelopmentChris Nova, Mystic Access Founder
    Additional Links
    Chameleon 20hinkerbell LabsMystic Accesshttps://downloads.mysticaccess.com/ From here, you would select “APH products.”

    • 48 min
    Looking Toward 2022

    Looking Toward 2022

    This Change Makers episode is looking toward 2022. Listen as we talk to APH officials about what they want to see from renovations, innovations, finances and equality. We also talk to APH committee members about what they want to see for APH in 2022.

    Participants (In Order of Appearance)
    Craig Meador, Ed. D, APH PresidentAnne Durham, APH Vice President of Innovation and StrategyPaul Schroeder, APH Vice President Community, Government AffairsTai Tomasi,  APH Director Accessibility, Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity and EquityKathy Segers, Ex Officio Trustee for the State of Tennessee, EPAC Committee MemberScott McCallum, Superintendent at the Washington State School for the Blind, EPAC Committee MemberBeth Pieters, Literacy Consultant for the State of Iowa, Teacher of Visually Impaired, O&M Specialist, ESAC Committee MemberJared Leslie, Director of Media and Development for the Foundation for Blind Children, Ex Officio Trustee for Accounts 8-9 for the Arizona Department of Education, ESAC Committee MemberAdditional Links
    Email Tai Tomasi at Ttomasi@aph.org

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Tactile Graphics

    Tactile Graphics

    As National Family Literacy Month winds down, Change Makers is discussing tactile literacy. Listen as we learn more about how tactile images are created, recent upgrades to APH’s Tactile Graphic Image Library, what APH products encourage tactile literacy and the process of teaching students tactile literacy.

    Participants (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerSally Hart, APH Tactile Graphics DesignerKaren Poppe, APH Tactile Literacy Product ManagerDonna McClure-Rogers, APH Early Childhood Product ManagerElizabeth McCann, Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, CPD Coordinator for Visual Impairment at Scottish Sensory Center
    Additional Links:
    The Tactile Graphics Image Library: Helping Students Succeedtgfeedback@aph.orgAPHB - Login for APH Tactile Graphic Image LibrarySetting the Stage for Tactile Understanding, Guidebook, BrailleFlip-Over Concept Books: TEXTURESQuick-Draw PaperPixBlaster embosserGiant Textured Beads with Pattern Matching CardsTactile Treasures Kit, Tactile-Color EditionPicture Maker Wheatley Tactile Diagramming KitTextured Sorting Circles and ShapesAll-In-One BoardWeb ChaseTactileDoodleDRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing BoardColor-by-Texture Marking MatsAPH - Tactile Skills MatrixTactile Book Builder KitCVI Book Builder KitScottish Sensory Centre websiteScottish Sensory Centre TwitterElizabeth McCann Twitter

    • 44 min
    National Family Literacy Month

    National Family Literacy Month

    On this episode of Change Makers, we are celebrating National Family Literacy Month. National Family Literacy Month is an opportunity for families to read together. We’re talking about APH products that help plant the seeds for braille literacy, what APH Press books are good for educators teaching braille to children and we’ll talk about Braille Tales, an early program that helps develop braille awareness skills and an enthusiasm for literacy in the hearts of young children through free books that have print and braille.

    Participants (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerCathy Senft-Graves, APH Product Manager, Educational Product InnovationGreg Stilson, APH Head of Global InnovationDonna McClure Rogers, APH Product Manager, Educational Product Innovation Christine Genovely, APH Prison Braille Programs Coordinator Government & Community AffairsHeather Spence, APH Press Director
    Additional Links
    Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program, Kindergarten, Student Kit – UEBBuilding on PatternsEmail Cathy Senft-GravesLaptime and Lullabies: Parent HandbookBraille TalesBeginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to LiteracyI-M-ABLE: Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy EducationI-M-ABLE KitReading Connections: Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual ImpairmentsWord PlayHouseHANDS ON: Sorting Tray, Four-SectionGuidelines and Games for Teaching Efficient Braille Reading

    • 30 min
    Resources for Employers and Employees

    Resources for Employers and Employees

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. NDEAM commemorates the many contributions of people with disabilities to the workplace and the economy. We’re continuing the conversation about employment and the workplace by talking to a CareerConnect specialist and we’ll also learn about the importance of accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We'll also hear from a job seeker.

    Participants (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerRichard Reuda, APH Digital Content Manager for the CareerConnect ProgramTai Tomasi, APH Director of Accessibility, Diversity and InclusionPaulina Vazquez , Currently seeking employmentAdditional Links
    CareerConnectCareerConnect BlogTransitions: Bread, Rice, or Tostada – Cultural Inclusion at The Transition TableContact Tai Tomasi at TTomasi@aph.org

    • 29 min
    Annual Meeting

    Annual Meeting

    On this episode, we're recapping APH's Annual Meeting. We’ll hear from APH President, Craig Meador, Ed.D., speak about the state of the company and hear from award winners.

    Participants (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerCraig Meador, Ed.D., APH PresidentMarje Kaiser, Ed.D., Wings of Freedom Award recipientGilles Pepin, Horizon Award recipientStine Storm, Louis Award recipientDr. Kirk Adams, Navigator Award recipientDr. Penny Rosenblum, Navigator Award recipientAdditional Links
    APH State of the Company SpeechLearning Through Play with LEGO Braille Bricks - Online CourseWorld Sight DayLEGO Braille Bricks Youtube PageRead the first Access and Engagement ReportRead the second Access and Engagement Report

    • 37 min

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