LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – If you're looking to be inspired, stop by the American Printing House for the Blind.
For the last several weeks Jonathan Wahl has been showing you parts of APH you might not know about.
You can catch up on previous stories here:
Our final story in this series takes us to the APH Museum.
“This is the stage piano from the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan. It was used by... a little 12 year old boy named Stevie Wonder," explained the museum director Micheal Hudson.
That piano, where Wonder practiced many of his famous songs, now sits at the APH Museum.
“It’s a very unique museum. It’s very interactive. You can touch many different things in the museum. It tells the story of how teachers, students and their parents work together to overcome the barriers to learning and literacy that are posed by this physical limitation that we call blindness," said Micheal.
The museum takes you on a journey, highlighting the many achievements made by and for people who are blind or visually impaired.
“One of the characters that you meet at the American Printing House for the Blind is James Morrison Heady, also known as the Blind Bard of Kentucky. He came up with this fascinating way of communicating once he had lost his hearing call the talking glove," explained Micheal.
Heady used ink to write letters on a glove and then memorized the location of each letter.
"He was a known storyteller on the streets of Louisville. Kids would come up to him and tap which story they wanted to hear and that’s how he was able to communicate with people after he lost his hearing."
The story of the Blind Bard of the Kentucky is just one of the many stories you will find at the museum.
“If you’ve ever been told you can’t, or your shouldn't, or you wouldn't - and we’ve all had that - somebody come to us and tell us, ‘you can’t do that.’ Well this museum is not about 'I can’t.' This museum is about 'I can' and it’s full of inspirational moments and artifacts and authentic experiences that help us all understand how we are going to overcome those obstacles, that life places in our way.”
You can stop by APH for a free tour and a visit to the museum. You can find that information here.