2002 Conference Proceedings

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Maria E. Delgado
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY
Phone: 800-223-1839 ext. 340
Fax: (502) 899-2363
E-mail: mdelgado@aph.org

This Internet session will provide participants with an on-line demonstration of APH's Information Resources. The demonstration includes the Louis Database of Accessible Books and Materials, the APH Repository of Downloadable Braille and Publisher Files, the Fred's Head Database of Tips and Techniques, and the Accessible Media Producers Database (AMP).

The Louis Database lists location information for over 150,000 titles in accessible media from more than 150 agencies nationwide. The database includes books in braille, large print, tape and computer file, as well as tactile graphics, music, and the full selection of APH educational products.

During the Louis demonstration participants will learn "searching tips" on how to find specific books and products within the database. Participants will also learn how to use some of the newest Louis features, including its new e-mail and shopping capabilities.

The APH Repository of Downloadable Files is an on-going project that facilitates the sharing and exchanging of files between braille producing agencies. The Repository currently includes braille textbook files from the American Printing House for the Blind and other contributing agencies across the nation. It also includes APH educational software, and text files from publishers such as Scholastic, Zaner-Bloser, Harcourt Brace, Holt Rinehart & Winston, Houghton Mifflin, and Pearson Education.

The Repository's step-by-step demonstration will walk participants through the process of becoming a registered user, finding a textbook file, downloading it into a computer, unzipping the file, and viewing it in the computer screen.

The presenter will address frequently asked questions about the Repository. Participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding practical uses of braille and publisher files.

The Fred's Head Database is a collection of tips and techniques for and by blind and visually impaired individuals. Some topics in the database include technology, adaptive products, mobility and orientation, daily living activities and recreation. The database also provides direct links to Web sites of interest.

The Fred's Head demonstration will cover the different browsing and searching options of the database. Participants will learn how to take advantage of their knowledge by participating in the Fred's Head Brain Waves Contest.

Brain Waves is a program designed to build up the content of Fred's Head with ideas contributed by its users. Every other week, Fred's Head posts a question on its Web page. If the response saves someone who is blind or visually impaired time, trouble, effort or money, the participant will enter a contest to win $25.00 in APH products.

AMP is a searchable database that allows users to locate and contact accessible media producers who have specific qualifications. This nationwide listing includes producers of braille, large print, and audio books. AMP includes information about NLS certified transcribers including Nemeth and music transcribers.

The overview of AMP will show participants how to search for media producers with specific qualifications. Participants will also learn how an individual or agency can become part of this database.

All the above Information Resources are available through the American Printing House for the Blind Web site at: http://www.aph.org/

Hands-on training and/or demonstrations of all Web based databases are available free of charge anywhere in the continental U.S.A. To sign up please contact:

Maria Delgado
Phone: 800-223-1839 ext. 340
E-mail: Mdelgado@aph.org

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