[Pibe-division] Fwd: APH and Sendero Group Launch Talking PC Maps Software makes location details accessible

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Mar 17 20:43:03 CDT 2011

>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 user’s 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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