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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.

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.

    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
    Annual Meeting Preview

    Annual Meeting Preview

    On this episode of Change Makers, we'll preview the upcoming Annual Meeting. We'll talk to an organizer and find out what participants can expect. We'll also learn about the completely redesigned Louis Database and check-in with the National Prison Braille Network.

    Participants (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerLeanne Grillott, APH National Director of Outreach ServicesLinda Turner, APH Digital Resources / Technical Services ManagerJayma Hawkins, APH Prison Braille Senior DirectorAdditional Links
    2021 APH Annual Meeting RegistrationLouis DatabaseNational Prison Braille Network

    • 17 min
    InSights Art Competition

    InSights Art Competition

    On this episode of Change Makers, we're getting ready for the InSights Art competition. We'll learn more about the competition, the importance of art and how art is taught to children and adults with visual impairments, as well as hear from an InSights Art artist.

    Participants (In order of appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerRob Guillen, APH Special Programs CoordinatorMeg Outland, APH Special Programs AssistantErin Schalk, The Braille Institute Art InstructorJosephine "Joey" Hernandez, InSights Art participant and Independent ArtistAdditional Links
    www.erinschalk.com https://brailleinstitute.org/ 

    • 47 min
    Staying Active

    Staying Active

    On this episode of Change Makers, we’re detailing ways you can keep children active, especially during the coming winter months. We’ll learn about various APH products that help keep kids moving and hear from an educator about the ways children benefit from physical activity. We'll also learn about AudioJack with Partners with Paul.

    Podcast Guests (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerTristan Pierce, APH Product Manager, Educational Product InnovationPaul Ferara, APH Communications Accessibility Editor and Partners with Paul HostDavid Tobin, AudioJack Founder and CEOAshley Emmons, VIPS, TVI, COMS and Early Childhood Special Educator 
     APH Products and Sites
    Tangle ToyWalk/Run for FitnessJump Rope to Fitness30-Love TennisSound BallPortable Sound Source and Sound Localization GuidebookAPH Downloadable Product ManualsThe “I Am” Challenge: Olympics/ParalympicsInstitute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual ImpairmentsAdditional Links
    Goalball Competition ScheduleAudioJack Camp Abilities
    CampsVideos

    • 37 min
    Advocating for Your Child

    Advocating for Your Child

    On this episode of Change Makers, we’re talking about how to advocate as a parent or guardian for your child. We will talk to APH experts about how you can help your child get the resources they deserve and how to choose the best educational devices to fit their needs. 

    Podcast Guests (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown, APH Public Relations ManagerOlaya Landa-Vialard, APH ConnectCenter DirectorLeanne Grillott, APH National Director of Outreach ServicesAdditional Links
    ConnectCenter@aph.orgConnectCenter.orgFamilyConnect.orgInformation and Referral Telephone Line: 1-800-252-5463Welcome to Holland

    • 53 min
    Where's the Money?

    Where's the Money?

    On this episode of Change Makers, we’re talking how APH gets its funding and what you can do to provide your input.

    Podcast Guests (In Order of Appearance)
    Sara Brown
    Paul Schroeder
    Paul Ferrara
    Mike Wood

    Additional Links
    Juno
    Congressional Information

    The federal government provides substantial financial support for special education, including education for students who are blind or visually impaired. Each year, Congress decides how much funding to allocate to programs like APH. Congress will soon be making those decisions. 

    Parents, educators, and students, are the best messengers to educate Congress or state legislatures about the educational needs of students who are blind or visually impaired and the services that ensure success. 

    Providing information to educate a member of Congress or other policymaker is legal, expected and very helpful to them in doing their job. An email or phone call describing your experience with available educational material like accessible books, technology or special instruction aids is very useful.
    To find your representative use the state directory or zip code search Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (116th Congress)US Senate, Subcommittee on Appropriations for Education and other AgenciesLegislation
    Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, H.R. 1959, S. 813Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA)
    H.R. 431S. 212

    • 21 min

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