Our mission is to promote the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life

American Printing

House

For The Blind

Research

&

Development Activities

Fiscal 2007

Mission

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

Introduction/Letter from Director of Research1

Advisory Committees3

Department of Educational and Technical Research Staff4

Agencies Participating in Research5

Consultants6

Field Evaluators9

Accessible Tests Department Activities in FY 2007 (Formerly Test Central)14

Accessible Tests Department15

Tests and Assessments34

Accessible Answer Document35

Brigance Diagnostic Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (CIBS-R)

Revised: Student Large Print Edition36

Collaborative Assessment DVD Series36

Functional Assessment38

GlaReducers39

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-II) Braille Edition and Large Print Edition39

KeyMath®-3: Large Print Edition and Braille Adaptation40

Large Print Toss Away Protractor and Braille Toss Away Protractor41

Large Print Protractor and Tactile Protractor42

Test and Assessment Needs44

Test Ready Test Preparation Materials45

Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Achievement: Braille Edition47

Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Achievement: Large Print Edition48

Research Department Activities in FY 200750

Adult Life51

Adult Life Needs52

Battery Test: Audible and Tactile Forms53

Braille Financial Record Keeper54

‘K’ Sonar Instruction Manual55

Labeling Book and Tool Kit56

Magnetachers for Braille Labels57

Magnetachers for Large Print Labels: Jumbo Size58

Magnetachers for Large Print Labels59

Magnetachers for Sherlock Labels60

Magnetachers for Small Braillables61

MiniBook62

Money Talks63

Nonverbal Communication Curriculum66

O&M for Families67

Parenting Book69

Printing Guide70

Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver’s Seat When You No Longer Drive (Formerly Life After Giving Up Your Driver’s License)72

Step by Step: An Interactive Guide to Mobility Techniques74

Transition Tote System, Revised76

Travel Tales77

Art79

Braille Beads80

Braille81

Alphabetic Braille and Contracted (ABC) Braille Study82

Braille Code Recognition Program86

Fun with Braille Book87

Revision of Patterns: The Primary Braille Reading Program88

Core Curriculum92

Early Braille Trade Books93

Word PlayHouse94

Cortical Visual Impairment96

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Projects and Needs97

CVI Assessment Kit & CVI Starter Kit98

CVI Complexity Challenges99

CVI Sequences99

CVI Stick and Stay Kit100

CVI Website101

Early Childhood103

Alphabet Scramble104

Experiential Learning Kit105

Getting To Know You: A Social Skills/Ability Awareness Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments and Their Sighted Peers 106

Growing Up108

Moving Ahead: Tactile Graphics Storybooks109

Preschool Attainment Through Typical Everyday Routines (PATTER)112

Revision of the Handbook, On the Way to Literacy: Early Experiences for

Visually Impaired Children113

The Best for a Nest115

The National Registry for Children with Visual Impairments, Birth to Three116

What Is It?118

Educational Games120

Sudoku Partner121

Treks (Formerly Compass Attack)122

Low Vision123

Address Earth—Large Format Atlas124

Best Intervention Techniques126

CCTV Ruler127

Determining Appropriate Visual Reading Media for Students with Low Vision127

Developmental Guidelines For Infants with Visual Impairments 2nd Edition128

Functional Vision Assessment/Learning Media Assessment for Academic Students with Low Vision129

Innovation Tote Bag130

MaximEyes Video Magnifier (Formerly Multi Camera CCTV)131

Tadpole132

ToAD: Tools for Assessment and Development of Vision133

Toodle Tiles134

Turbo Phonics135

Vivid Vision Lamp136

Mathematics138

Add-on for Brannan Cubarithm139

Braille/Print Yardstick140

Graphic Aid for Mathematics141

Large Print and Tactile Disposable Number Lines141

MathBuilders142

Microcomputer Applications and Products145

APH Digital Audio Component146

APH Speech Environment147

Book Port149

Book Wizard152

Braille+156

Monitoring Technological Developments and Educational Applications158

Studio Recorder161

Talking Learn Keys163

Talking Typer for Windows164

Talking Word Puzzles166

Teacher’s Pet167

Verbal View of Online Mail168

Verbal View of the Net and the Web169

Verbal View of Vista171

Verbal View of Web Documents172

Verbal View of Web Searches173

Verbal View of Windows XP174

Verbal View of Word175

Verbal View of Word Advanced176

Multiple Disabilities178

Expandable Calendar Boxes179

Jumbo Work and Play Tray179

LightBox Computer Activities to Support Language and Literacy180

Lots of Dots Series181

Manual for Child-Guided Strategies for the Assessment of Children who are Deafblind and Have Multiple Disabilities: The van Dijk Approach to Assessment182

Multiple Disabilities Projects and Needs182

SAM: Symbols and Meaning183

Select Switch184

Variable Beam Flashlight185

Physical Fitness186

Jump Rope Kit187

P.E. Website187

Physical Health and Education Projects and Needs188

Portable Sound Source – Sport Edition189

Push Button Padlock190

Sound Ball190

Walk/Run for Fitness191

Science175

(Projects for this section can be found in the following Tactile Graphics section.)

Tactile Graphics193

3-D O&M Kit194

ALL-IN-ONE Board (Magnetic/Velcro®/Dry-Erase)195

Azer’s Interactive Periodic Table Study Set197

Flip-Over Concept Books202

IntelliTactiles: Pre-Braille Concepts [Classroom Suite Edition]204

Picture Maker Accessories: Geometric Shapes205

Picture Maker Accessories: Storage Panel207

Picture Maker Accessories: Textured Strips208

Scattered Crowns: Tactile Attribute Game209

Sense of Science: Astronomy212

Squid: Tactile Activities Magazine – Issue 3214

Squid: Tactile Activities Magazine – Issue 4215

Squid: Tactile Activities Magazine – Issue 5218

StackUps: Understanding Stacked Cube Arrangements220

State Map Collections224

Tactile Connections: Symbols for Communication — Spanish Edition225

Tactile Graphic Research226

Textured Magnetic Sorting Circles228

Model/Pattern Maker229

Product Involvement 230

Technical Research Division234

Technical Research Division Activities235

Presentations and Workshops268

Product Materials271

Publications273

New Products274

Completed Projects Chart276

Active Projects Chart277

Parking Lot Projects Chart278

Pipeline Projects279

Project Status280

RESEARCH DEPARTMENT

ANNUAL REPORT 2007

October 12, 2007

Dear Reader:

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) presents the Annual Research Report for 2007.

APH categorizes research and development (R&D) projects into four areas. Active projects are those projects that have been approved by the APH Product Advisory and Review Committee (PARC) for development and have been assigned to a project leader. Completed projects are those projects where one or more products have been assigned a catalogue number and are available for sale. Parking lot projects are those projects approved by the APH PARC but not assigned to a project leader for active R&D. Pipeline projects are those projects that are between the initial stage of Product Submission and approval by the APH PARC.

In FY 2006, APH conducted R&D involving 351 products/projects. The status of APH R&D of 342 products for FY 2007 (October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007) is summarized as follows:

Active Parking Lot Completed Pipeline

Assessment 64 2 8 0

Assistive Technology & Electronics 10 1 7 4

Career Education & Transition 0 1 0 0

Comm. Modes & Literature Education 44 2 19 9

Daily Living & Social Interaction 16 4 10 3

Early Childhood 17 4 8 2

InSights 0 0 1 0

Math 22 2 12 2

O&M/Concept Development 9 5 0 0

Physical Education 5 0 5 0

Recreation & Leisure 4 1 3 0

Social Studies & Geography 8 2 8 0

Science 8 1 0 0

Visual Efficiency & Low Vision 6 0 3 0

Total 213 25 84 20

In the 2007 Annual Research Report, you will find information from Deborah Willis, Director of Accessible Tests, 11 project leaders, the Technical Research Manager, the Model Maker, and the Assistant Director of Research on more than 100 individual projects, which represent major work in the above 14 categories.

This report also provides the names and positions of other key members of our Research Department team and our Accessible Tests team. These individuals provide vital support in the R&D of projects. Please be sure to review closely the names of the individuals and agencies/schools who have contributed to our work. Without them, we would be unable to produce products that meet the needs of our customers.

Although the APH Team takes pride in the fact that the 84 new product catalogue items surpassed totals for FY 2006, and set a new APH benchmark record, we are especially proud of the number of complex products that were completed and made available for sale. We will always focus on quality products to meet the need and will not just “chase numbers.”

A recent article by Pomerantz, Moorman, and Litwack in the Review of Educational Research posits that more parental involvement in a child’s academic life is not always better. It suggests that the quality of the involvement is most important. Applying this concept at APH, we remind ourselves that the quantity of products we produce is not as important as their quality.

Sincerely,

Ralph E. Bartley, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Pomerantz, E.M., Moorman, E.A., & Litwack, S.D. (2007). The how, whom, and why of parents’ involvement in children’s academic lives: More is not always better. Review of Educational Research, 77, 373-410.

Advisory Committees

APH especially wishes to acknowledge the superb leadership and guidance from the Ex Officio Trustees serving as members of the Educational Services Advisory and Educational Products Advisory Committees. FY 2007 committee members were:

Educational Products Advisory Committee:

Chair — Joseph Catavero (NY)

2007 — Bernadette Kappen (PA)

2009 — Nancy Niebrugge (CA)

2008 — Lorri Quigley (UT)

2009 — Steven M. Rothstein (MA)

2008 — Dean Stenehjem (WA)

2007 — Tom Winton (NC)

Alternate

Jean Small (ME)

Educational Services Advisory Committee:

Chair — Jean Martin (MN)

2008 — Michael J. Bina (MA)

2007 — Jacqueline Denk (KS)

2007 — James Downs (GA)

2008 — Barbara L. Perkis (IL)

Alternate

Jean Small (ME)

Department of Research Staff

Educational Research

Aicken, John, M.B.A.Assistant Director

Bartley, Ralph, Ph.D.Director

Boyer, Charles “Burt”, M.A.Project Leader (Early Childhood)

Corcoran, Katherine, B.S., B.F.A.Model/Pattern Maker

Cox, ValerieAdministrative Assistant

Creasy, Keith, B.S.Programmer

Eiland, Mario, B.A.Programmer

Freeman, Bill, B.S.Programmer

Gilmore, Terri, A.S.Graphic Designer

Hedges, John, B.S.Programmer

Hoffmann, Rosanne, Ph.D.Research Assistant

Kitchel, Elaine, M.Ed.Project Leader (Low Vision)

McDonald, Michael, B.S.Programmer

Meredith, RobProgrammer

Otto, Fred, B.A.Project Leader (Tactile Graphics) part-time

Pester, Eleanor, M.S.Project Leader (Braille)

Pierce, Tristan, M.I.A.Project Leader (Multiple Disabilities)

Poppe, Karen, B.A.Project Leader (Tactile Graphics)

Poppe, TomModel/Pattern Maker

Roderick, Carol, B.A.Research Assistant (part-time)

Roman, Chris, Ph. D.Project Leader (CVI Consultant) part-time

Rucker, Erica, B.A.Research Assistant

Rutledge, AnitaDesign Specialist/Process Engineer

Smith, Rodger, A.A.S.Programmer

Skutchan, Larry, B.A.Manager, Application Programming

Terlau, Terrie, Ph.D.Project Leader (Adult Life)

Travis, Ann, B.A.Research Assistant

Vaught, Monica, B.A.Research Assistant

Wicker, Jeanette, M.A.Project Leader (Core Curriculum)

Wright, Suzette, B.A.Project Leader (Emergent Literacy) part-time

Technical Research Division

Donhoff, DarleneAdministrative Assistant

Hayden, FrankManager, Technical Research

McGee, DavidManufacturing Specialist

Robinson, JamesManufacturing Specialist

Accessible Tests Department Staff

Allman, Carol, Ph.D.Consultant & Instructor (part-time)

Baynes, NancyAdministrative Assistant (part-time)

Garrett, DenaAccessible Test Editor (part-time)

Henderson, Barbara, M.AProject Leader (Test & Assessment)

Isham, Kerry, M.A.Accessible Test Editor

Scott, Kristopher, M.AAccessible Test Editor

Sell, Michael, B.S.Accessible Test Editor

Turner, Monica Coffey, M.Ed.Accessible Test Editor

Willis, Deborah, M.ADirector, Accessible Test Department

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