About Braille Literacy Canada

Natalie Martiniello - President

Photograph - Natalie Martiniello
Joined the board in 2013 as Secretary, becoming President in 2018.

Dr. Natalie Martiniello is a researcher focusing on the education and rehabilitation of individuals who are blind, a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist who provides braille and assistive technology training to children, adults and seniors with visual impairments, and a lifelong braille reader. She holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Vision Science (Visual Impairment & Rehabilitation) from the University of Montreal, and an undergraduate degree in English and Educational Studies from McGill University. Since 2018, she has served as President of Braille Literacy Canada, and before that, served as BLC secretary from 2014 - 18. She is also a director on the board of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) and the Canadian appointed representative and Chair of the ICEB Research committee. Natalie is an avid reader and loves to travel – her most memorable trip was to Coupvray, France, where she visited the birthplace of Louis Braille, the inventor of the braille code that she uses every day.

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