Help for the APH Directory of Services / Directory Center
NOTE: The Directory Center is temporarily unavailable for updating the Directory of Services listings while APH makes technical changes to the database. Current listings continue to be searchable by users. We will send agencies an announcement when the Directory Center is again available.
What Is the Difference Between the Directory of Services and the Directory Center?
Creating a Listing for the First Time
Logging into the Directory Center and Resetting Your Password
Functions in the Directory Center
Further Assistance with the Directory Center and Directory of Services
APH calls the database that lists your agency’s information the “Directory of Services.” The “Directory Center” is the place where your agency staff members will log in to an administration area to update your information. The general public does not access the Directory Center.The APH Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada is a free-of-charge, searchable database containing contact information for over 2,000 organizations and agencies that serve people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and Canada. It is offered by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Directory Center login page and click on “Sign Up.” You will be taken to a page with a brief form to describe your agency’s services for people who are blind. You will be taken to a page with a form in which you will be asked to provide a brief description of the services you offer for people who are blind or visually impaired. After you submit the form, APH staff will determine if you are eligible for listing in the Directory. Agencies that are eligible for listing in the Directory will be contacted via email and with be provided user names and passwords with instructions on how to access their records in the Directory Center. We encourage you to update your listing regularly.
After logging in, you will see several sections that allow you to update your information, including the following: Home, General Information, Services, Products, News, Job Postings, and Account Settings.
In this section you will see all the addresses and telephone numbers associated with your agency’s record and links to your various listings on APH’s websites:
- Your APH Directory of Services listing is your profile on APH ConnectCenter (www.APHConnectCenter.org). This profile includes general information about your agency and a description of all the services you offer for all age groups as well as any events, announcement or job postings you post.
- Your FamilyConnect listing is your profile on FamilyConnect (www.FamilyConnect.org), a website for families of children with visual impairments. This profile includes general information about your agency and a description of the services you offer for children with visual impairments and their families.
- Your VisionAware listing is your profile on VisionAware (www.VisionAware.org), a website for adults and seniors with visual impairments. This profile includes general information about your agency and a description of all the services you offer for adults and seniors with visual impairments and their families.
- Your CareerConnect listing is your profile on CareerConnect (www.CareerConnect.org), a website for jobseekers who are visually impaired. This profile includes general information about your agency and a description of all the services you offer for jobseekers with visual impairments.
In this section, you may add or edit your mailing, website, and e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and other general information about your organization such as eligibility requirements, staff, number of clients served, and ages served.
You may also use this section to provide a brief narrative about your organization and list your additional offices and contact persons for your organization.
In this section you may add to or edit your list of services and provide descriptions for each. There are four main service categories under which you may add services: Services for Children, Services for Adults and Seniors, Services for Professionals, and Services for Jobseekers. The services you offer will determine in which of APH’s four main sites your agency will be listed.
This section is only available to product distributors and manufacturers. In this section, you may add the products you manufacture or distribute. The products you add to your record will be listed with your profile in the APH Directory of Services on APH’s main website (www.aphconnectcenter.org).
In this section, you may view and edit your current events and announcements or add new ones. Your announcements and events will be posted in the calendar of events and announcements on APH’s websites. You have the option to designate the website in which the event or announcement will be posted.
In this section you may view or edit your current job postings or add new ones. The jobs you add will be posted on APH’s main site (www.aphconnectcenter.org).
You may use this section to change your user name and password. This section also records the date and name of the last person from your agency to update your record.
Alan Lovell, firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-502-899-2305.