[Pibe-division] Fwd: APH and Sendero Group Launch Talking PC Maps Software makes location details accessible
dandrews at visi.com
Thu Mar 17 20:43:03 CDT 2011
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>March 17, 2011
>Roberta Williams, (502) 899-2357, rwilliams at aph.org
>Louisville, KY - The American Printing House for
>the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, and the
>Sendero Group LLC, pioneers in the development
>of location information systems for people with
>vision impairments headquartered in Davis
>California, are proud to announce the new APH
>Talking PC Maps. APH is the exclusive
>distributor of Talking PC Maps, developed to meet APH specifications.
>Designed to be used by individual consumers,
>orientation and mobility specialists, and
>teachers of persons who are visually impaired,
>this software provides spoken and on-screen map
>data and 12 million points of interest for U.S.
>states, territories, and Canada on one flash
>drive. It speaks on any computer, using Windows
>XP or later whether or not the computer has
>screen reading software installed. It does not
>give information about a users physical
>location; it is not a GPS system. Instead, it
>gives a verbal description of physical space
>and what it contains that is available in no
>other way except through eyesight. It gives
>persons with visual impairments the same
>information available to sighted persons through
>incidental learning when they look at maps,
>street signs, and signage on buildings.
>APH Talking PC Maps is an excellent tool for
>both classroom and orientation and mobility
>instructors. As the first map package that
>tracks the side of street on which the virtual
>traveler walks, this software simulates actual
>travel, allowing the student to press keys for
>appropriate turns and street crossings in the
>process of map exploration. Points of Interest
>can be explored, searched, or announced as the student virtually passes them.
>This unique software also allows the user to:
>* set a destination by street address or Point
>of Interest (POI) and track the distance and
>compass heading to that destination
>* save and print or emboss pedestrian or vehicle routes
>* add customized descriptive information about a particular site on the map
>For more suggested uses, user requirements, and
>other details visit APH Shopping at http://shop.aph.org and search for PC Maps
>About the American Printing House for the Blind:
>The American Printing House for the Blind, a
>501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the
>world's largest company devoted solely to
>researching, developing, and manufacturing
>products for people who are blind or visually
>impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest
>organization of its kind in the United States.
>Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the
>Education of the Blind, APH is the official
>supplier of educational materials for visually
>impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.
>APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in
>braille, large print, recorded, and digital
>formats. APH also designs and manufactures
>hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products.
>The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
>is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in
>Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call
>(502) 895-2405 or log on to http://www.aph.org.
>About Sendero Group LLC
>Sendero Group is the developer of the first
>accessible GPS and talking map software. GPS
>products "Powered by Sendero" software provide
>access to detailed street and business location
>information. The blind traveler can now be a
>co-pilot, not just a passive passenger in a car.
>He or she can keep the taxi driver honest, enjoy
>hearing about the sites and businesses being
>passed and know independently when to get off
>the bus. Students can also chart custom routes
>across campus or hikers can do the same in the woods.
>Sendero staff, most of whom are visually
>impaired, know from personal and professional
>experience that orientation and mobility skills
>and tools for blind folks are key to the
>enjoyment and success in all walks of life.
>Sendero is first and foremost "the GPS company"
>as well as distributing other innovative adaptive technology.
>Sendero Group is located at 429 F Street, Suite
>4, Davis, CA 95616. For more information, call
>530-757-6800 or visit http://www.senderogroup.com.
>Contact Sendero Group:
>Toll free phone (US and Canada): 1-888-757-6810
>Direct phone: +1 530 757-6800
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