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Fred’s Head from APH, a Blindness Blog

Fred’s Head, offered by the American Printing House for the Blind, contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people. Our blog is named after the legendary Fred Gissoni, renowned for answ

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Resources for Persons with Disabilities for Finding Employment


Inspired by National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we intend to highlight in this post several resources available to anyone with a disability that they can use to locate employment. While a few of them are local or regional in scope, most are available to anyone in the United States. Some of the listed agencies offer tips for finding employment; others offer job boards, job listings, and career fairs. Note that we are not including vocational rehabilitation services or offices for the blind as these vary by state. There also may be other local resources that you may obtain; check with the appropriate personnel in your state or region. For the sake of clarity, we placed these resources into what we are calling “restricted” and “unrestricted” resources. We use the term restricted to indicate either that the resource has a limited scope, i.e., its services are only available to people in a particular area of the country, or the resource is only available to people with an active case with their vocational rehabilitation office. Restricted Resources Equal Opportunity Publications Career Expos Equal Opportunity Publications (EOP), sponsors career expos throughout the year. At these expos, individuals with disabilities can meet with prospective employers and discuss job possibilities. Unfortunately, these expos happen only in selected cities like Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. However, the site also hosts an online job board that is national in scope. You can search for positions throughout the country or view their featured jobs. Additionally, the site mentions several magazines published by the organization including Careers and the Disabled Magazine. The site describes itself by saying, “Since 1968, Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP) has led the way in diversity recruitment with a portfolio of seven national career magazines, a diversity website, online job board, and Career Expos for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities. Check out their site at You may "like" them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Talent Acquisition Portal “The Talent Acquisition Portal® (TAP) is an online system which includes a national talent pool of individuals with disabilities looking for employment and a job posting system for businesses looking to hire.” TAP provides businesses with pre-employment and disability awareness training. The one thing to keep in mind is that TAP is linked to vocational rehabilitation services; it appears that a person must have an open case to use TAP. The TAP site notes that when viewing resumes, recruiters have “a direct link to the local VR office of the candidate” and that office’s team member. Thus, one can only use the service if he or she has an open case with a state vocational rehabilitation office or an office for the Blind. Find out more about TAP at their website, "Like" them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, or follow them on LinkedIn. Unrestricted Sites GettingHired “ is an employment resource specifically for individuals and veterans with disabilities. Facing an unemployment rate that is almost twice the national average, GettingHired seeks to improve employment opportunities for those individuals by connecting them to inclusive employers who are actively looking to diversify their workforce.” As part of a direct communication with someone from the site, we received the following information: We are America’s largest online career community for individuals with disabilities. We are a free employment resource and job seekers with disabilities can search for open jobs on our fully accessible website, listing over 100K jobs nationwide: across all industries & experience levels. The 180+ companies that work with us are actively seeking to hire more individuals with a disability and include many Fortune 500 employers such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, Disney, MetLife, General Motors & many more. GettingHired assists persons with disabilities s[...]

Throwback Thursday Object: Script Letter Board from 1963


Our object this week is a Script-Letter Board from 1963. When schools for the blind were founded in the United States in the 19th century, handwriting was a big part of the curriculum. There were numerous handwriting guides being invented and marketed. Most of that started to go away in the 1870s with the invention of the typewriter. But students still needed to be able to sign their name in cursive letters. Designed for student practice in making muscular movements for handwriting, the APH Script-Letter Board was made of rigid black plastic and featured recessed script letters that can be traced with a stylus or pencil. Around 1990 APH redesigned the product, made thicker (1/8") and from a white plastic rather than black PVC. You can still buy the revised model today.

Micheal A. Hudson
Museum Director
American Printing House for the Blind

Quick Tip: Rib-It Ball. Aaron Rouby, a COMS from Newton, MA, tells us about the Rib-It Ball!


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Becoming a Better Cook: Tips and Recipes That Can Help


Becoming A Better Cook: Tips and Recipes That Can Help!   Do you wish you were a better cook? Have you allowed blindness or a visual impairment to prevent you from learning to cook? Perhaps you simply haven’t taken the time to learn. Maybe you have fairly well-developed culinary skills and want to improve them. Whether you are a novice cook, an expert, or you fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, we have found some resources that may be right for you.   Cooking in the Dark   Cooking in the Dark is a radio show that offers its listeners recipes and tips for making them. Hosts Dale Campbell and Cheryl Cummings demonstrate specific equipment that people who are blind and visually impaired can use to cook more easily and efficiently. The show is heard on ACB Radio Mainstream Saturday nights and Sundays and may also be available on other reading services for people who are blind.   Cooking in the Dark is archived; you can listen to shows from as far back as 2007. As you examine the archive, you will notice that each show’s description mentions what recipe or recipes the hosts will make on that show. Below the show description is a link to download that show directly. The archived shows are available at   Some of the gadgets used by Campbell and Cummings can be purchased from the Blind Mice Mega Mall, a site administered by Campbell which contains several categories of products. Some of the products are blindness-related while others are not. Check out the Mega Mall for more details about all of their available products. As the slogan for Cooking in the Dark says: You don’t have to have sight to cook dinner tonight!   Cooking in the Dark Email List   You may be wondering where Campbell and Cummings get the recipes that they cook on their show. Some of them, at least, come from the Cooking in the Dark email list, a list dedicated to the sharing of tips, tricks and recipes by cooks who are blind and visually impaired. Cooks of all levels are encouraged to join the list, ask questions and share tips and recipes. If you wish to subscribe to the list, send a blank email to and reply to the message you receive. For more details about the list including list guidelines, go to   The Blind Mom Blog   This blog is written by Nicole Rasmussen, a mother of four children. Rasmussen, after losing her sight in 2001, was scared to have children. She admits that a mother who is blind faces unique challenges that a mother with sight probably would not face. At the same time, as Rasmussen says, “I hope as you follow my blog that you can laugh, cry, and experience with me what it is like being a blind mom.”   “I try to share my story and testimony as much as I can,” Rasmussen states on her page telling about herself. “I feel that it has given me an amazing opportunity to help others who are going through trials and hardships. I also love to share my love of cooking with other mothers.”   Rasmussen has appeared on several prominent television shows. Videos of her appearances are on her About Me page on her blog. In addition to her personal story, Rasmussen’s blog contains a recipe wall that contains recipes of varying types including beef, pork, chicken, breakfast, soups, casseroles, sides and drinks, and desserts. You can follow Rasmussen on Twitter or contact her by filling out the form on her blog.   Anyone looking for recipes will find an incredible number of them on the Cooking in the Dark radio show and email list and the Blind Mom blog. In addition, all of these resources can provide cooking tips. Their existence also may encourage more individuals who are blin [...]

Quick Tip: Bold. Strong. Together! A recap of the 148th APH Annual Meeting.


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