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The Resource Services department supports the core mission of APH by providing access to information and resources via Louis, AMP, and the APH Library. To help facilitate your searching, we have created a series of how-to tips to aid you in locating materials and provided answers to some of your questions.

Check out the Louis training video for helpful information on searching the new website.

  • Louis contains information on accessible print materials produced by organizations throughout the United States. These materials include books in braille, large print, audio, and digital formats, including textbooks produced by APH.   

    To help facilitate your searching, we have created a series of how to tips to aid you in locating materials and answers to some of your questions. You can find information on the following by visiting the About Louis page:  

    • How to search Louis by ISBN  
    • How to search Louis by keyword
    • How to use the advanced search 
    • How to browse by book subjects 
  • The Accessible Media Producers Database (AMP) is a self-listing directory including producers of accessible formats such as braille, tactile graphics, large print, e-files and audio. Those listing with this database provide their contact information and expertise so the public knows about their services or businesses.

    To help facilitate your searching, we have created a series of how to tips to aid you in locating materials and answers to some of your questions. You can find information on the following by visiting the About AMP page:  

    • How to search AMP 
    • How to search AMP by location
  • When APH produces a braille or large print textbook, digital versions are made available for sale on Louis.

    • APH Braille files (.brf) produced in Duxbury can be used directly by students with refreshable braille devices or other assistive technology.  
    • APH Quick Braille files produced in BrailleBlaster (.bbz or .bbx) can be used to assist APH and others in braille production.  
    • APH Large Print files, saved as PDF documents, can be used on iPads, laptops, and various accessible devices. The same great features are available: 18-point font, colors and images eliminated from behind text materials, clearer images, page or key word searching, and more. 

    Also included are older “pre-NIMAS” textbook files obtained from braille producers and publishers that are available in a variety of text and braille formats. 

    • Text files (produced in ASCII, RTF, Word and other tagged formats such as ICADD-22) 
    • Braille files sent by other agencies may be specifically for a certain Braille translator, such as Ed-It PC. Microbraille, etc. 
    • These files are not appropriate to distribute directly to the student.

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If you have problems or questions, the APH Resource Services staff is happy to walk you through the search process and answer any questions: 

8:00AM – 4:30PM ET M-F 

Phone: 800-223-1839, ext. 705 

E-mail: resource@aph.org 

Toll-free Fax: 888-353-4858