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American Printing House for the Blind develops new technology

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --The sounds of printing and proofreading, and the feel of braille, it's all a lot of employees know of the American Printing House for the Blind. 10% of workers there cannot physically see the efforts being made at a place that makes it it's mission to help the blind.

"You know, nobody wants to be blind, but there's never been a better time in history to be blind than right now," employee Larry Skutchan said.

The Printing House is making it's mark from the east coast to the west coast, and all the places in between by giving the visually impaired a code to read. The huge facility is responsible for just about every braille book, menu, and standardized test used across the country. Each piece of reading material is translated and proofread before heading to press. Several audio books are also voiced there.

"Our noble goal is to go out of business, our noble goal is that we're not needed, that we have no blind in the country," President Tuck Tinsley explained.

But while there are, the printing house is taking every step possible to try to make life for blind people the same as life for everyone else.

"We're evolving rapidly, where much braille will be delivered electronically," said Museum Director, Micheal Hudson

In the past year, away from the presses, a tech team has been developing braille smart phones, navigation systems that tell the blind exactly where they are, and where they're headed, and a blind friendly scientific calculator. They are new ways to better deal with one of the country's toughest disabilities-- moving forward in the future.

"I feel like the work we do affects lives everyday. There's not really much more you can do in life," Skutchan said.

If you want to get a closer look at the printing house, they have tours and a museum that you can check out.

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