John Brabyn's Fellows
Associate Professor, Campus Universitario – School of Medicine, Madrid, Spain
Scientist (Affiliate / Clinical)
Donald C. Fletcher, M.D., is one of the world's leading authorities on low vision rehabilitation and is a clinician and researcher in the field of retinal diseases and low vision rehabilitation. He conducted much of the early research in applying the Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope to the study of Age-related Macular Disease (AMD). He also established a new paradigm for low vision service delivery, engaging Occupational Therapists in the rehabilitation process for low vision – a model now widely spread across the country. Current research interests include macular function in low vision patients; outcomes of occupational therapy training of low vision patients; and psychology in low vision rehabilitation. He has extensive publications in the field and has brought several low vision devices and tests to the market. He is the Past Chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Low Vision Committee, and the recipient of many awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Low Vision. He has a special interest in the provision of low vision care in underserved areas and has helped establish low vision clinics in various US locations, Canada, China, the Philippines, Chile, Brazil, and Zimbabwe.
My primary research interest is the assessment of vision in aging individuals. My current work involves investigating the visual, motor and cognitive factors that contribute to reading ability in people with early to intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Associate Director of Technology Research and Development, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Low Vision and Blindness
I am a blind scientist, designer, and educator with decades of active involvement in the world of technology, accessibility, and disability. My work in information accessibility has impacted technologies including screen readers, auditory displays, audio/tactile maps and graphics, wayfinding, braille input, video description, and STEM education. The accessibility solutions I find most attractive are characterized by the creative use of low-cost, off-the-shelf technologies to address significant challenges in information accessibility.
Postdoctoral Fellow (deceased)
Val's research focused on haptic perception, in individuals with and without vision. She also studied accessibility for people with visual impairments. Her underlying interest was in how human cognition and knowledge is shaped by the senses.
Hello! I'm a postdoctoral researcher at Smith-Kettlewell, where I investigate auditory spatial perception, echolocation, and assisted mobility in sighted and blind persons. Previously, I completed my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and postdoctoral work at MIT, where I remain affiliated. Until this profile is built out, please see my older site for more details: http://people.csail.mit.edu/santani/index.html