Human Services

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

  • Louisville, KY
  • www.aph.org

Mission Statement

To promote the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Aids for blind and visually impaired people.
  2. Braille Books

service areas

National

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ruling year

1935

chief executive for fy 1989

Dr. Tuck Tinsley III

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Keywords

blind, visually impaired, educational materials, braille

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EIN

61-0444640

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Our aim is to continue to provide materials and services to blind and visually impaired children and adults. Our strategies include product research and development. We accomplish this through the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, our visionary workforce, and our donors. Our products change lives and lead to independence for those we serve. We offer free accessible recorded and braille magazines, and over 1000 adaptive products at cost or below. We obtain feedback from teachers, students, parents, and adult customers.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Educational Aids for blind and visually impaired people.

APH manufactures braille, large print, recorded, CD-ROM, and tactile graphic publications, as well as a wide assortment of educational and daily living products. APH also offers a variety of services to assist consumers and professionals in the field of vision, such as Louis, a database listing materials available in accessible media from organizations across North America.

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Program 2

Braille Books

APH provides braille books to students across the USA.

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Blind and Vision Impaired

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    At the inception of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in 1858, the company aimed to provide blind people with access to printed information. Today, APH is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization in the world devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Customer Satisfaction: Nothing is more fundamental to our success than customer satisfaction. Only by completely understanding our customers’ needs, and working with them on a daily basis to develop the best solutions, can we achieve the results that they require.

    Respect for Employees: The skills and knowledge of our employees are by far our most vital asset. To empower them to make their best contributions, we strive to create an atmosphere of trust and respect, where difference and diversity are valued.

    Continuous Improvement: We are committed to finding a better way. We believe that everything we do can be improved.


    Quality Products and Services: We strive to set the standard for quality products and services for blind and visually impaired people.

    Fiscal Responsibility: We must operate in a manner that ensures we remain financially sound while supporting our mission and being responsible to our customers, employees, and funding sources.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    APH develops and manufactures hundreds of products, tools, and supplies that support students and adults who are visually impaired, helping them to increase their independence.
    Examples are:

    1. Participated in product training presentations and exhibits at 54 different venues;
    2. Provided product loans for 14 university preparation programs
    3. Braille instructional programs
    4. Talking computer software
    5. Low vision assessment kits
    6. Early childhood development materials
    7. Braille writing devices
    8. Product Training and Support
    9. Digital recording equipment
    10. Videos on topics related to blindness
    11. Science teaching kits

    The American Printing House for the Blind manufactures textbooks and other educational publications for students who are visually impaired. APH also provides publications useful to adults, such as cookbooks and dictionaries. In addition, APH creates recorded books on a contract basis.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    APH is the only organization of its kind that supplies educational material to all students in the U.S. who meet the definition of blindness and are working at less than college level. The system through which these specialized materials are distributed is known as the Federal Quota Program. Through it, textbooks and aids are provided free to eligible blind students in educational settings that range from early intervention programs for visually impaired infants to rehabilitation for elders who have age- related vision loss, from center-based and residential school programs to the regular classroom. APH is at the center of a nationwide network of vision professionals, many of whom serve as ex-officio trustees. For each residential school for the blind, state department of education, or agency for the blind that participates in the Federal Quota Program, an Ex Officio Trustee of the American Printing House for the Blind must be designated. Each Ex Officio Trustee is entrusted with the administration of the Federal Quota Program within his or her system. APH’s Field Services Department provides informational, consultative, and administrative services to support Ex Officio Trustees in their administration of the Federal Quota Program. Through Field Services, APH personnel are available to conduct training sessions, presentations, and workshops in availability, teaching methodology, and prescriptive use of the specially-designed materials. APH, out of its own endowment fund, provides the buildings and equipment necessary for the production of materials supplied through the Federal Quota Program.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    APH has touched the minds and hearts of every blind and visually impaired child in the country – with the freely given gifts of literacy and independence. Although access to information will change, familiar tools like the use of braille and talking books and magazines will remain unchanged. The future of APH will be tied directly to progress in the blindness field and advances in technology. Through research, outreach, and advisory services APH will continue to be a leader in the field helping to promote independence for all.

service areas

National

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Blog

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Social Media

@https://www.facebook.com/AmericanPrintingHouse

@https://twitter.com/APHfortheBlind

@https://plus.google.com/+AphOrg/posts

@http://www.youtube.com/user/aphftb

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Financials

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AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Dr. Tuck Tinsley III

BIO

Dr. Tuck Tinsley's positive leadership of the American Printing House for the Blind for over 25 years has guided the company to an era of collaboration with the entire field of blindness. By refocusing APH on its original mission of providing accessible textbooks, while opening the doors to the field and inviting adaptive product ideas, Dr. Tinsley has profoundly impacted the education of students who are blind and visually impaired. Among his accolades, he has received COSB's William H. English Leadership Award, the VisionServe Alliance Excellence in Leadership Award, the Kentucky AER Exceptional Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Business and Industry by the Florida State University College of Education. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation and the World Blind Union.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. W. Barrett Nichols

BSG Financial

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?