Human Services

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

aka APH

Louisville, KY

Mission

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

Ruling Year

1935

President

Dr. Craig Meador

Main Address

1839 Frankfort Ave PO Box 6389

Louisville, KY 40206 USA

Keywords

blind, visually impaired, educational materials, braille

EIN

61-0444640

 Number

2295433529

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Our programs

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Educational Aids for blind and visually impaired people.

Braille Books

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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