• NOTICE Regarding Possible Issue with APH’s Mini-Lite Box

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    APH is examining recent complaints regarding the Mini-Lite Box, catalog # 1-08661-00. Two customers have notified APH that the AC wall adapter is becoming very warm when the unit is plugged in. If you have purchased a Mini-Lite Box between April 1, 2016 and today, please be aware of this potential issue.

    If your unit has the issue, you will notice the adapter getting very warm within the first 5 to 10 minutes of charging. If you have this issue, unplug the adapter and return the entire product (both the Mini-Lite Box and its adapter) to APH customer service. If the wall adapter is warm to the touch only after 10 minutes or more of operation, your unit does not have the heating issue. We are investigating the extent of the problem and we will post more information as soon as possible.

    If you would like to contact us regarding this potential issue, please email APH Customer Service at or call 1-800-223-1839.

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Statewide leadership in addressing identified areas of need in special education services is provided through eleven functions and five projects directed by various ESCs. Their primary responsibility is to provide leadership, training, technical assistance, and the dissemination of information throughout the state. The ESCs coordinating these statewide leadership functions and projects are responsible for the implementation of many of the state’s continuous improvement activities. ESC function leads establish and coordinate a 20-region network. This ensures ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes and planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities. Project leadership is focused on a specific activity.

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