Director of Access Technology
Anne Taylor serves as Director of Access Technology for the National Federation of the Blind. Her main responsibilities include: managing the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC), which is the most comprehensive consumer evaluation center for nonvisual access technology in the world; leading a team of access technology experts who provide feedback to access technology product manufacturers; maintaining a relationship with reputable mainstream IT companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Diebold to ensure the accessibility of their technologies; participating in the product development of the Kurzweil NFB Reader; as well as leading the planning and implementation of the IBTC's technology training seminars, which are conducted several times a year.
Anne is an expert on all the Braille and speech access technologies in the IBTC and its top specialist in Braille embossers. Born in Thailand, Anne has spent the past seventeen years in the United States. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1997 with a degree in Computer Information Systems. She worked for two years with a non-profit organization specializing in job placements for the disabled where her task was to teach students how to use access technology. In addition to her degree in Computer Information Systems and her experience training adults to use computers, she brings a most enjoyable verve to her teaching and writing assignments. "Choosing Your Braille Embosser," a thorough and comprehensive review of the Braille embossers on the market today, was published in the October 2001 issue of the Braille Monitor.