Textured Textured matching blocks [game]. American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., [198-?]
Description: Textured blocks fit into the appropriate spaces in the board helping young children learn tactual matching of textures.
Original Original voice amplifier [device] : loud speaker/MP3 player/AUX. SH1DU, 
Description: Portable, waterproof bluetooth amplifier. Specifications: output power (18W) ; battery capacity 3.7V, 4400mAh ; charging voltage 5V, 1A ; charging time 3-5 hours ; working time 10-12 hours (depending on volume). Adjustable microphone headset. Can be used outdoors ; by teachers, coaches, fitness instructors and others ; for singing, presentations and more. Can be used as a bluetooth speaker and a power bank for emergency charging. Supports recording, loop playback, Aux input, micro SD card and U disk.
VideoMag Video mag HD [device] / American Printing House for the Blind, Freedom Scientific.
Description: “… provides crystal-clear, full-color images by magnifying whatever appears under its auto-focus HD camera by 2x to 13x. Ideal for viewing labels, price tags, receipts and more…. features an ergonomic, fold-away handle which allows the user to hold the magnifier close to an object, press the magnification buttons for continuous zoom, and then freeze the image on the screen. The unit also has a reading line and reading mask feature that can be used to quickly locate and maintain one’s place while viewing an image or reading text on the LCD screen. … can save and store approximately 80 images that can easily be copied to a computer through a simple USB connection. The unit also has a reading line and reading mask feature that can be used to quickly locate and maintain one’s place while viewing an image or reading text on the LCD screen.”–APH website.
Clarke Laptime and lullabies [kit] : sharing the joys of literacy with your infant or toddler who is blind or visually impaired /Kay L. Clarke. American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., 2018.
Description: “For parents and teachers of children up to three years of age; use Butterflies and Where’s Little Fuzzy? story books (both with tactile, braille, and print components) to facilitate the skills necessary to build an understanding of language before beginning to read the written word, including: evaluating one’s environment; understanding reciprocal communication; developing listening skills; and more. … With a little “thinking out of the book,” you and your little one can discover literacy activities that are both enjoyable and meaningful.”
Gutman Ms Sue has no clue! [braille] / Dan Gutman. Produced at National Braille Press, [2020?].
Description: “Alexia’s mom, Ms. Sue, leads the kids of Ella Mentry School in the weirdest fundraiser in the history of the world!”– Provided by publisher.
Puzzle Puzzle form-board kit. American Printing House for the Blind, 1970?
Description: The shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond) are colour and textured coded. Each shape has 1 whole, 2 part and 3 part sections (rectangle is divided into 4 parts). Designed for use by pre-school or primary level children learning basic concepts of form, shape, texture, colour, size and manipulation.
Thompson The PDA paradox : the highs and lows of my life on a little-known part of the autism spectrum / Harry Thompson ; foreword by Felicity Evans. J. Kingsley, 2019.
Description: “Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the “scenic route” in order to flourish and reach their full potential. The memoir brings to life Harry’s past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos. Eloquent and insightful … and I’m Harry! Unqualified will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future”– Provided by publisher.
Monchoux Let’s eat! [braille] / Celine Monchoux ; [graphic and tactile adaptation, Solene Negrerie, Les Doigts Qui Revent, France ; translation, Suzette Frere Wright].
Description: Build a foundation for numeracy and literacy skills with this engaging tactile storybook, as children use the finger puppets, Little Chick and Little Wolf, to gobble up the variety of tactile foods on their plates! Reading aloud can be one of the most powerful contributions adults make to a young child’s development of literacy. Sharing books in an interactive manner, and talking about the text and illustrations, has been demonstrated to build vocabulary and strengthen oral language skills. Not least important, reading aloud from a book enjoyed by both child and adult connects reading to pleasure. For emergent print readers, pictures act as an important bridge helping the child take a more active role in reading, as a listener and as a reader. Tactile illustrations in Let’s Eat are designed to serve a similar purpose. In addition, they offer critically important opportunities to build exploratory skills, tactile discrimination skills, and encounter spatial relationships.
Mowerson Labeling, marking, and organization : a self-help guide for persons after vision loss / Lisa-Anne Mowerson and Terrie (Mary T.) Terlau. American Printing House for the Blind, 2014.
Description: This book with accompanying recordings of the text on CDs teaches you to organize with and without labeling, and to create customized marking systems. Vision rehabilitation therapists can use the book as homework for their consumers — and consumers can use this book on their own. If you are tired of opening apricots instead of tomatoes, wearing your navy shirt with black slacks, or floundering through files when trying to find your utility bill, then Labeling, Marking, and Organization may be the book you need! … it contains practice activities in to help you get started on labeling tasks. “Explorers” (fictitious persons who lost vision) are working through the book along with you, to keep you motivated and encouraged! Helps You: identify items without labeling or marking them ; clear out clutter ; organize by using placement systems and organizers ; identify items by using your non-visual senses and your remaining vision ; select the label or mark that will fit the task ; stay in charge of your labeling system. Learn to label: food (frozen, canned, boxed) ; cleaning supplies ; paperwork, credit cards, keys ; medications, personal grooming products ; clothing and accessories ; remotes, DVDs, CDs, TVs, stereos ; hobbies, games, crafts.
SeeLikeMe See like me [kit] : visual simulation filters. American Printing House for the Blind, 2020.
Description: “With the look and feel of standard safety glasses, these Simulators have also been fit with inserts to mimic common eye conditions, and are designed to present a version of each specific eye condition listed below. This product is different from others on the market because they show the color changes that are often present in certain eye conditions, as well as differences in vision that an occur between the two eyes. … the See Like Me Low Vision Simulators cannot mimic any person’s exact vision; instead, they give a general sense of what it is like to function with low vision that stems from a particular condition.”–APH website. For disability awareness. Contnents: Cataract — glaucoma — diabetic retinopathy — macular degeneration — retinitis pigmentosa — detached retina — hemianopsia — high degree myopia.
Updated October 27, 2020
New Library Materials for September 2020
ColorCube Color cubes [kit]. American Printing House for the Blind, [199-?]
Description: Fosters eye-hand coordination, awareness of spatial relationships, and matching and sequencing skills. Includes 73 colored translucent one-inch cubes in five colors. To be used with Light Box or Mini-Lite Box.
Bejeweled Bejeweled with braille [kit]. American Printing House for the Blind, [199-?]
Description: Braille Beads are small, plastic rectangles that have braille on one side and incised print letters on the other side. Each bead has two holes through which wire or cord may be threaded. Also included are fun image bead manipulatives, such as flower, peace sign, heart, and circle. Braille Bead dimensions are 10mm tall x 8mm wide x 5mm deep (braille height is 0.52mm). Making jewelry teaches students to: plan (a design or a word) ; organize materials (wire, cord, needles, scissors) ; sort (shape, size, color) ; practice fine motor skills (stringing beads, tying knots). Most importantly, Braille Beads encourage creativity! Beading is an activity that children enjoy for arts and crafts, and adults enjoy for pleasure and employment. Braille Beads allow children who are visually impaired and blind to create personalized objects of art they can wear. They can take pride in their creations and just by wearing braille jewelry, children become ambassadors for braille!
WARNING: Choking Hazard-Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.
Parquetry Parquetry pieces [kit]. American Printing House for the Blind, [199-?]
Description: Translucent shapes can be used for manipulation. Includes 80 pieces (in box) and one binder of worksheets. To be used with Light Box or Mini-Lite Box.
Outline Outline shape cards. American Printing House for the Blind, [199-?]
1 set of 30 cards in a binder.
Description: For use with a light box or mini lite box. Translucent cards have black outlines of geometric shapes. Component of Light Box Materials [kit] Level II.
2 Swirly mat, Set CVI II [device] : for use with students with cortical visual impairment. American Printing House for the Blind, [2020?]
Description: Durable, non-toxic Swirly Mats Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). The mats in the CVI set are less complex and designed to be used with students with cortical vision impairments. All the mats can be used for locating, tracking, color discrimination, etc. Try them with the APH Mini-Lite Box for a different effect. Includes background mat. Always provide supervision when using Swirly Mats with young children. Mats are completely sealed; however, in the event of a rupture, small pieces inside the mats may be a choking hazard. Liquids are non-toxic but will stain. Use caution.
2 Swirly mat, Set FVA II [device] : for use doing functional vision assessment. American Printing House for the Blind, [2020?]
Description: Durable, non-toxic Swirly Mats Functional Vision Assessment (FVA). The mats in the FVA II set are filled with glitter and other items and are useful for conducting functional vision assessments. All the mats can be used for locating, tracking, color discrimination, etc. Try them with the APH Mini-Lite Box for a different effect. Includes background mat. Always provide supervision when using Swirly Mats with young children. Mats are completely sealed; however, in the event of a rupture, small pieces inside the mats may be a choking hazard. Liquids are non-toxic but will stain. Use caution.
Quick Quick Pick braille contractions UEB [kit] American Printing House for the Blind, [2020?]
100 cards in 2 sets : black and white, braille + 2 cases + 2 print keys + 2 sheets of instructions + 2 braille erasers.
Description: The Quick Pick educational game series provides a unique play format for students who are visually impaired and blind. Each Quick Pick title consists of a set of cards packaged in one or more plastic cases and includes a wooden tool. Each game card presents a question or other challenge with four possible answers. The student reads the card while it is still in the case. To play, the player chooses an answer by inserting the wooden tool in one of four holes in the front of the case. If the answer is correct, the card will slide out. If incorrect, the card will not pull out, and the player should try again. The object is to Quick Pick as many cards as possible on the first try. … includes two cases of fifty cards with each case representing a cross-section of braille contractions. On both sides of the cards, a braille contraction is on the top and four uncontracted answer choices are across the bottom. New Braille Books
Rigby1 Early braille trade books [braille] : Rigby nonfiction. Kit 1. American Printing House for the Blind, [2011-2013]
6 print books with clear braille overlays.
Contents: Animals on my street / Julie Haydon — Frogs in the pond / Julie Haydon — My big tree / Heather Hammonds — Our dog / Heather Hammonds — Our pets / Julie Haydon — Puddles / Julie Haydon.
Rigby2 Early braille trade books [braille] : Rigby nonfiction. Kit 2. American Printing House for the Blind, 
4 print books with clear braille overlays.
Contents: Animal bodies / Julie Haydon — Animals on our farm / Julie Haydon — Mothers and babies / Julie Haydon — Our fish / Heather Hammonds.
Rigby3 Early braille trade books [braille] : Rigby nonfiction. Kit 2. American Printing House for the Blind, 
4 print books with clear braille overlays.
Contents: Hot sunny days / photography by John Pettitt — Rain is water / photography by John Pettitt — The sun, the wind, and the rain / illustrations by Lisa Simmons — Where did all the water go? / illustrations by Gus Hunter.
Description: “… combine[s] commercially available books with braille labels for beginning readers. These kits include books, braille labels, and access to an interactive website: tech.aph.org/ebt/. …The Rigby series provides nonfiction books that are aligned with national standards and provide motivating texts that systematically build high-frequency words and reading skills. Included interactive website allows you to: access a book summary and activities designed for braille readers — share or transfer student records to other teachers — maintain a listing and percentage of contractions learned by each student – great for documentation at IEP meetings — find books to use in conjunction with APH’s Building on Patterns (BOP) series.”–APH website.
September 28, 2020
New Library Materials for August 2020
Grosshans Beyond time-out : from chaos to calm / Beth A. Grosshans, with Janet H. Burton. New York, NY : Sterling Pub. Co., Ã2008. Description: Examines how the lack of parental authority in a family can harm the balance of power and provides a five-step plan for resorting harmony in the household.
372.61 Literacy Unity60 Literacy through Unity : Unity 60. Prentke-Romich-Saltillo,  Description: Contains 50 lessons for teaching literacy using Unity.
372.61 Literacy Unity84seq Literacy through Unity : Unity 84 sequenced. Prentke-Romich-Saltillo, 
Description: Contains 50 lessons for teaching literacy using Unity.
LAMP WFL Literacy through Unity : LAMP Words for Life. Prentke-Romich-Saltillo,  Description: Contains 50 lessons for teaching literacy using Unity.
LargePuzz Large puzzle map USA / APH. American Printing House for the Blind, 2001. Description: U.S. States puzzle pieces in bright, contrasting colors. Includes tactile mountains, rivers, and state capitals Lightweight frame with incised state boundaries and state abbreviations in braille, plus latitude/longitude lines. Frame also has finger holes for easy removal of pieces. Measures 32 1/2 x 18 inches. Accompanied by texts in Braille and print: U.S. puzzle map reference guide — Parts list.
Gutman Mr Burke is berserk! [braille] / Dan Gutman. Produced at National Braille Press, [2020?].
Description: After budget cuts threaten the art and music programs at Ella Mentry School, as well as some services, groundskeeper Burke finds gold and “gilver” on the playground, causing a modern-day gold rush.
BRAILLE Gutman Ms Beard is weird! [braille] / Dan Gutman. Produced at National Braille Press, [2020?]. Description: “A. J. and his teachers are in for a wacky time when a hot new reality show starts filming at Ella Mentry School”–Publisher.
BRAILLE Gutman Mayor Hubble is in trouble! [braille] / Dan Gutman. Produced at National Braille Press, [2020?]. Description: Election day is right around the corner, and guess who’s running for class president? A.J. and Andrea! Mayor Hubble is going to teach the kids all the ins and outs of politics, and every vote counts. Who’s going to win? Who’s going to lose? And who’s going to kiss a baby? Ew, gross!
BRAILLE Gutman Miss Kraft is daft! [braille] / Dan Gutman. Produced at National Braille Press, [2020?]. Description: “When Mr. Granite goes home sick, the wackiest substitute teacher in the history of the world comes to A.J.’s class and teaches math lessons using magic tricks”– Provided by publisher.