In 1964, IBM gave the APH an IBM709 Data Processing system, a mainframe computer worth approximately $2,000,000, to automatically translate English print into braille. That same year, the APH translated the World Book Encyclopedia into braille, the largest such undertaking to that point.
In this same decade, the APH gained new stereograph cabinets. UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) paid for APH old stereograph machines to be sent to foreign countries.
In 1970, the APH began to replace flexible phonographic records in the production of Talking Books with rigid vinyl phonographic records. The last rigid vinyl record Talking Book was pressed in May of 1987.
The APH introduced Talking Books on audio cassette tape in 1974. Cassette tapes would replace flexible records, as well, in the 1990s.
In 1980, another addition, built at a cost of $2,000,000 increased the size of the facility to 280,000 square feet. The next year, the AHP recorded the Talking Book Edition of the World Book Encyclopedia.
In the 1980s, the Central Automated Resource List (CARL), a computerized database of textbooks, replaced the Central Catalog card catalog. This was an intermediate method between the Central catalog and the current Louis Database.
That same decade, APH Braille Transcription Editors (braille-writing computer terminals) become operational. At this point, braille production was largely computerized.
In 1988, the APH created its Department of Educational and Advisory Services to coordinate and support the administration of the Federal Quota program and the APH's work with its Ex Officio Trustees (who are each in charge of the program in a given area or system).
The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind opened in 1994. The Braille Research Center opened in that decade.
The Chaffee Amendment, sponsored by Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island as part of 1996 alterations of the Copyright Act, released authorized non-profit organizations from having to seek permission in advance to replicate copyright-protected works of literature for the benefit of the blind. The law reads, in part, “it is not an infringement of copyright for an authorized entity to reproduce or to distribute copies or phonorecords of a previously published, nondramatic literary work if such copies or phonorecords are reproduced or distributed in specialized formats exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities.”
In 1998, the APH created the APH File Repository “to house publisher files and translated braille files.” As explained in the official APH History, the APH created the Accessible Textbook Initiative and Collaboration (ATIC) “to address the issues of timeliness and availability of textbooks in a variety of accessible media.” This is now the APH Accessible Textbook Department.
In 2000, APH introduced two new databases, Accessible Media Producers (AMP) and Fred's Head Expert Database. That same year, the APH published the Parts Catalog listing individual pieces of larger sets. This was the first of several specialty catalogs, including the Adult Life Catalog, Family Life Catalog, and Bookstore Catalog.
The next year, the APH recording studio completed the first phase of the transition from analog to digital recording. According to the APH, “Digital recordings of Talking Books offer increased quality and greater navigating capabilities at a lower cost.”
At the 133rd Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and friends of the American Printing House for the Blind held in Louisville in October of 2001, the founding of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field was announced along with the names of the first thirty-two inductees.
Mike Nelipovich and Rod Kossick, of Wisconsin Rehabilitation Services, and John Maxson, of Mississippi State University, presented the Gallery of Pioneers and Heroes for the Blindness Field at the General Session of The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Conference held in Denver in July of 2000. These three men had been concerned for years that many of new professionals in the field lacked knowledge of the individuals who pioneered the field.
An early version of the Heroes and Pioneers gallery, a forerunner of the Hall of Fame, appeared at a 1999 Wisconsin conference at which Dr. Dean Tuttle was an invited co-presenter. In 2009, Tuttle would be inducted in the Hall of Fame.
In preparation for the Denver conference, the committee of four – Nelipovich, Kossick, Maxson, and Tuttle – sought input from leaders in the field in the U.S. and Canada and selected thirty-two heroes and pioneers whom were later named in 2001 as the first inductees in the Hall of Fame. Dean and Naomi Tuttle wrote biographical sketches for the thirty-two honorees that were used in the Heroes and Pioneers gallery in 2000 and are still used in the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame, which as of 2012 had fifty names, is supported by the entire vision profession, but it is housed at APH’s 1926 wing. This same wing houses the Barr Research Library. Nine of the ten "living legends" from the Hall of Fame were honored at the APH's 2002 Annual Meeting: Ruth Kaarlela; Samuel C. Ashcroft; Natalie Carter Barraga; Cleo Dolan; Eleanor E. Faye, M.D.; Lou Vieceli; Alice Geisler Raftary; Stanley “Dave” Suterko (1920-2008); and Don Wedewer.
In 2003, ATIC began pilot production of a new large-print process. The textbooks produced in this process are standard-size, full-color books with a variety of fonts and font sizes (eighteen point or higher).
That same year, APH released Book Port, an eReader for the blind. It is a portable book-reading device with which one can download and read (a) digital text files with synthetic speech or (b) digital recorded books (including DAISY books) with human speech.
In 2006, the APH replaced the primary braille literacy curriculum Patterns Reading Program with Building on Patterns: Kindergarten Level. The next year, the APH introduced the Braille+™ Mobile Manager.
This is a small, talking palmtop computer, popularly known as a PDA (personal digital assistant), with a braille keyboard. According to the APH, “The Braille+ includes a myriad of functions, such as a word processor, calendar, wireless internet access, audio recorder, and an MP3 player.”
In 2008, the APH celebrated its 150th anniversary. That year the APH embossed almost 15,000,000 pages of braille, more than 14,000,000 pages of large type, 2,000,000 audio cassette tapes, and a wide variety of educational aids.
Two years later, the last Talking Book produced to be produced by the APH on audio cassette tape for the Library of Congress rolled off the line as the APH converted production to the new digital cartridge. However, magazines continue to be issued on audio cassette.