Frances Mary D’Andrea, Ph.D., is an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and other universities, and an educational consultant specializing in literacy issues related to students with visual impairments.
She has completed the reading specialist program at University of Pittsburgh and has supervised reading interns for the university. Dr. D’Andrea began as a teacher of students with visual impairments in 1982. From 1995-2005, she worked at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), and helped establish their National Literacy Center.
She co-authored Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Blind or Vision Impaired: A Guide to Assessment; Instructional Strategies for Braille Literacy; Looking to Learn: Promoting Literacy for Students with Low Vision; and other books, chapters, and articles. She is currently Immediate Past-Chair of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), and has served as AFB's representative to BANA since 1998.