Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Mary Ann Siller Recently Received the Holbrook-Humphries Award at the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference, Which Took Place November 12-15 in Costa Mesa, California

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Mary Ann Siller Recently Received the Holbrook-Humphries Award at the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference, Which Took Place November 12-15 in Costa Mesa, California

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Mary Ann Siller recently received the Holbrook-Humphries Award at the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference, which took place November 12-15 in Costa Mesa, California. The award is bestowed on an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the advancement of literacy for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Past recipients of the award include the late Sally Mangold (2001), the late Alan Koenig (2003), and Frances Mary D'Andrea (2005). Dr. Siller began her career as a teacher of students with visual impairments and built teams of parents and professionals in 21 Texas school districts as a teacher and consultant at the Education Service Center, Region II, in Corpus Christi. She managed federal and state initiatives for people who are blind or visually impaired at the Texas Education Agency. While with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), she developed and led national literacy initiatives, designed curricula for professional and family audiences, coordinated national teams that defined and developed curricular strategies and materials to address the most critical issues affecting the field of blindness, and assisted in coordinating state and national advocacy coalitions. Dr. Siller has held leadership roles in numerous national education projects, including the AFB and Verizon National Campaign for Literacy, Textbooks, Transcribers, and Technology; the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Act (NIMAS); the AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum; Choices for Children Advocacy Coalition; and the Description Key for Educational Media with the National Association for the Deaf and the Described Caption Media Program (DCMP), which produced the first-ever guidelines for providing equal access to multimedia materials to students with vision loss. …

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