Board of Directors – Dan Oates
Outreach Coordinator West Virginia School for the Blind
Current Term: 2015 – 2019
Dan has been a presenter at the NOAH National Conferences since 2008 and has worked in the field of low vision for over 30 years. He has enjoyed working on several projects associated with the NOAH parenting books, the NOAH magazine, Albinism InSight, and the National Conference in San Diego. Dan has had a special interest in albinism for many years and organized the first ever Family Albinism Day in WV in 2009 and was instrumental in starting a Family Albinism Day on the eastern shore of Maryland in 2013.
Dan has a Masters in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and has held state and national certifications in teaching the visually impaired, orientation and mobility and low vision therapy. He was employed as an Educational Outreach Specialist at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and his now retired. He currently works at Space Camp as the Education Program Manager during the summer and contracts low vision services during the school year. Dan has been the coordinator of Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) in Huntsville, AL for 25 years and has been instrumental in bringing over 3,200 students to spend a week in space. He was selected to the inaugural class of the Space Camp Hall of Fame in 2007.