State of the Science Conference on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or VIsually Impaired. April 9th through 10th, 2014.

Darren Burton

Darren Burton is the Director of AFB Tech at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB.) Darren joined AFB in 2002, coordinating its AFB Tech product evaluation lab, where consumer electronics and medical devices are evaluated for accessibility to people who are blind or visually impaired. He also heads up AFB Consulting, AFB's consulting arm that helps industry make their products and services more accessible for people with vision loss. He leads AFB Tech's efforts to design accessible apps for mobile devices, and trains professionals in the use of Apple's iOS mobile devices.

Burton used assistive technology extensively while earning his business administration degree, and in the process, he started his own consulting business to train blind people to use computers, and to spread awareness of assistive technology and other blindness issues. In 1998, he took a position as senior program coordinator for the West Virginia Assistive Technology System, housed at West Virginia University (WVU). He also taught an assistive technology class for the Vision Itinerant Teachers program at WVU and Marshall University Graduate College.

Burton travels extensively to give presentations at various conferences and in educational settings. Topics range from lectures on assistive technology for disabled people to accessible Internet web page design to discussions of AFB Tech's product evaluations.

Burton received a B.A. in Business Administration from West Virginia University.