Mary Ann Siller

Mary Ann is an educator of children who are blind or visually impaired, ages birth through 21. She has taught students with visual impairments; managed federal and state initiatives for the blind or visually impaired at the Texas Education Agency; and coordinated education, advocacy, and professional development initiatives for AFB.

Mary Ann develops national project initiatives, designs curricula for professional and family audiences, and assists in coordinating state and national coalitions. Mary Ann has held a leadership role in the establishment and the continuing work of numerous national education projects, including the National Instructional Materials Accessibly Standard (NIMAS), the AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum, descriptive video guidelines grant with the National Association of the Deaf, U.S. Department of State’s Outreach in Turkey for Young Children, the National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, and the AFB and Verizon National Campaign for Literacy, Textbooks, Transcribers, and Technology.

She graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a M.Ed. from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Texas, and administrative certification from Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas.

Mary’s Advice on Social Skills