Bright Sights, Let’s See, and GrandStand: low vision project files

File, Document

Accession Number: 2000.136.1

Scope & Content: Memos and documentation related to the development of three American Printing House for the Blind products: Bright Sights, Let's See, and GrandStand. Files had been in the office of Low Vison Project Leader Elaine Kitchel (APH Educational Research Department); some material was created prior to her joining the department in FY 1998. Bright Sights material addresses post-production modifications, including the UltraVisor redesign, and includes a photocopy of Kitchel's "The Effects of Blue Light: A Position Paper" (ca. 1999). Let's See material includes a revision draft of "Let's See: Vision Development Activities: Sensory Activities Book," (hand-dated 2000); blank field-evaluation and survey forms; and evaluation results. One folder contains documentation for GrandStand, with product drawings by APH Pattern and Model Maker Tom Poppe.

Creator: American Printing House for the Blind. Educational Research Dept.

Interview Date: / /

Collection: APH Archives / RG 12: Educational and Technical Research

Credit Line: APH Archives/APH Collection, 2000.136

Administrative History: The American Printing House for the Blind introduced Bright Sights: Learning to See as a new product in FY 1985. The kit was designed for use with young children to "stimulate residual vision and develop visual efficiency through the use of blacklight activities" ("Report of Research and Development Activities," 2000, APH Department of Educational and Technical Research). Concerned about possible harmful effects from the use of black light, the kit was modified to include a protective visor. It would also undergo various other changes, including a visor redesign. In 2000, Bright Sights was re-evaluated, "completely overhauled," renamed, and introduced as a new product called Let's See: Vision Development Activities, which consisted of both a sensory kit and a perceptual kit. APH Research Scientist Sheri Moore served as project director for Bright Sights. Elaine Kitchel was the project leader for the 2000 revision of Bright Sights and the resulting Let's See kits. Kitchel was also the project leader for Grandstand, a lightweight, adjustable reading stand designed for visually impaired users. GrandStand was first produced in 1999 and made available both separately or as part of Bright Sights and, later, the Let's See Perceptual Kit.

Subjects: Instructional aids, tools, and supplies Multiple disabilities Product and market development Research Visual discrimination Visual impairments Visual learning