American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Updated March 2014

AMP Name: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Accessible Textbooks Department
Address: 1839 Frankfort Avenue; Louisville, KY 40206
Phone: (502) 899-2370; (800) 223-1839
Fax: (502) 899-2219
Web: Opens new windowhttp://www.aph.org

Who should be contacted if there are questions?

For textbook information: Jane Thompson at jthompson [at] aph [dot] org
For student eligibility: Cindy Amback at camback [at] aph [dot] org

Based on the National Library Service regulations at 36 C.F.R. § 701.6(b), which student certification categories do you serve?

checked boxBlind
checked boxVisually impaired
unchecked boxPhysical limitations
unchecked boxReading disability resulting from organic dysfunction

Describe certification requirements and how they are verified and maintained.

Under the 1879 Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for students who are visually impaired in the U.S., who are working at lower than college level. Any person in an educational setting receiving below-college level instruction qualifies for APH products and services.

If a student qualifies, how is the student registered?

Students who are legally blind are registered in the APH annual census as required by The Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, enacted by Congress in 1879. This act is a means for providing adapted educational materials to eligible students who meet the definition of blindness. An annual registration of eligible students determines a per capita amount of money designated for the purchase of educational materials produced by APH. These funds are credited to federal quota accounts which are maintained and administered by APH and its ex officio trustees throughout the country.

There is no registration required for other visually impaired students; although they do not generate federal quota funds. Textbooks and educational materials may be purchased using other funds. Information about the Federal Quota System is available at: Opens new windowhttp://www.aph.org/fedquotpgm/quickfed.htm.

What types of memberships are available?

unchecked boxIndividual student accounts
unchecked boxInstitutional/organizational accounts
APH is not a membership organization.

Describe your membership requirements:

unchecked boxIndividual student accounts
unchecked boxInstitutional/organizational accounts
checked boxOther (please specifiy): APH is not a membership organization.

Do you require membership fees for individual student accounts?

unchecked boxYes  checked boxNo  unchecked boxDepends on circumstances

Do you require membership fees for institutional/organizational accounts?

unchecked boxIndividual student accounts
unchecked boxInstitutional/organizational accounts
checked boxOther (please specifiy): APH is not a membership organization.

What is the process to access these services?

For services through the federal quota system, contact the ex officio trustee in your state. A list of state ex officio trustees can be found at Opens new windowhttp://www.aph.org/fedquotpgm/trustees.html. APH also provides products and product-related services outside the federal quota system.

APH Custom Production Services are also available at: Opens new windowhttp://www.aph.org/custom/index.html.

For currently available educational products, textbooks, and more, check: Opens new windowhttp://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Home_10001_11051.

Please provide a link to your web site where step-by-step instructions on how to access your services are provided.

What services do you provide?

unchecked boxXML conversion
checked boxOriginal transcription
checked boxDownloads
checked boxScanning
unchecked boxNIMAS file conversion—APH converts NIMAS into braille and LP
checked boxOther (please specify): Optical braille recognition (OBR), large print textbooks and materials, image descriptions, tactile graphics, training, database resources, accessible tests, and a wide range of other services

Who can use these services?

checked boxAuthorized users (AUs)
checked boxState agencies (SEAs)
checked boxLocal education agencies (LEAs)
checked boxTeachers
checked boxParents
checked boxOther (please specify): All APH products (including textbooks) may be purchased either with federal quota funds or cash.

What specialized formats are provided?

circle iconBraille

checked boxEmbossed contracted braille
checked boxEmbossed uncontracted braille
checked boxElectronic contracted braille
checked boxElectronic uncontracted braille
checked box-.brf (braille-ready format) in conformance with BANA guidelines
checked box-.brf (braille-ready format) other
checked boxTactile graphics
checked boxHard copy
checked boxElectronic
unchecked boxOther (please specify):

circle iconLarge Print

checked boxLarge print (enlarged textbooks)
checked boxFont sizes (please specify): 14 point and up
checked boxLarge print (standard-sized textbooks)
checked boxFont sizes (please specify): 18 point and up
Large print digital files for download to digital devices such as iPads, Kindle, Book Port, and others.

circle iconAudio

unchecked box-.mp3
unchecked box-.mp4
unchecked box-.wav

circle iconDAISY 2002 HTML (digital talking book [DTB])with —

unchecked boxText
unchecked boxImages
unchecked boxImage descriptions
unchecked boxHuman-voice audio
unchecked boxPre-recorded synthetic audio
unchecked boxOther (please specify):

circle iconDAISY 2005 HTML (digital talking book [DTB])with —

unchecked boxText
unchecked boxImages
unchecked boxImage descriptions
unchecked boxHuman-voice audio
unchecked boxPre-recorded synthetic audio
unchecked boxOther (please specify):

circle iconDigital text

checked box-.pdf
checked box-.rtf
checked boxWord
unchecked boxHTML
unchecked boxePUB 2
unchecked boxePUB 3
checked boxOther (please specify): digital large print textbooks; digital large print textbooks with image descriptions

circle iconFile formats accessible on mobile platforms

checked boxiOS
checked boxAndroid
unchecked boxWindows phone
unchecked boxSymbian
unchecked boxBlackberry OS
unchecked box Other (please speficy):

Are apps needed to use the files on mobile devices? If so, where are they acquired and what is the cost?

Large print digital files can be viewd on personal computers, iOS devices using iBooks, or with Adobe Reader (free apps).

Is assistive technology such as a computer, device, and/or software program needed to deliver the files to the student in a student-ready format? If so, please explain.

No assistive technology is needed to access our print braille or large print books. Braille files do require use of AT such as refreshable braille keyboard and other files benefit from screen reading software. In addition, APH has assistive technology available from our product catalog at Opens new windowhttp://shop.aph.org, including accessible Braille+ Mobile Manager PDA, Refreshabraille 18, etc. Or visit Fred’s Head at APH at Opens new windowhttp://www.fredshead.info/.

If assistive technology is needed, do you provide it? Is it provided with membership or for purchase?

AT is not required to access APH large print or braille books. APH does produce a wide variety of AT that can be used to access digital files. APH is not a membership organization.

What assistive technology from other sources might be needed?

N/A

How long will it take to getthe specialized format after an order is placed?

All efforts are made to deliver textbooks in a timely manner. For braille textbook orders, the delivery timeline for new braille transcriptions depends on the complexity of the material, number of tactile graphics included, date original order was made, and the capacity of our transcribers. Textbooks that have already been transcribed are generally delivered within four weeks. For large print textbook orders: APH has two large print production methods. The traditional enlargement process takes an average of three to four weeks for delivery. The new APH large print process may take longer, depending on the time of year the order is placed.

When braille files and other digital files are available in the APH File Repository, they can be downloaded immediately by registered users.

Do you have a digital rights management (DRM) system? What are your policies?

Yes, we have specific agreements with authorized users for downloading files from the APH File Repository and inscription on certain products.

When the instructional materials are no longer needed by the student, do they need to be returned?

Materials purchased from APH are yours to keep. You may loan them to other school systems. Each trustee or instructional materials center has their own guidelines. Please check with them.

How will confidential information about the student be protected?

Aggregate statistics about students registered in the annual federal quota census are reported in the APH Annual Report. APH does not share any identifiable information about individual students or customers.

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Last Updated: 03/17/2014

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