Having retired from a half century as a teacher, author, composer, theatrical director, and musician, Dan Roberts now dedicates himself full time to helping others learn about and live with low vision. Because of his own need for support and information about visual impairment, he founded MD Support in 1995 and has since become a leading patient advocate, industry consultant, advisor, and low vision educator.
In addition to heading MD Support, he is founding director of the International Low Vision Support Group, Editor-in-Chief of Living Well With Low Vision at Prevent Blindness, and resource consultant for MD Foundation. He is also a member of the Genetic Alliance and the Fiduciary Board and Patient Advisory Board of International Macular and Retinal Foundation, and he is a consultant/advisor for pharmaceutical companies, lighting manufacturers, and dealers in protective eyewear.
Dan is the author of The First Year–Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Marlowe & Co., New York, NY, 2006) and a contributing author to Occupational Therapy Intervention for the Older Adult With Low Vision (American Occupational Therapist Association, 2010). He has written over 100 articles about low vision for various publications and he has published several books specifically designed to bring the resources of the Internet to thousands of otherwise unconnected people with visual impairment.
He is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a master’s degree in music education. He is the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Service Award presented by the American Optometric Association, and his organization was awarded the National Eye Institute’s 2006 Healthy Vision Community Award for innovative approaches to vision-related health education.
Dan married Christina while serving in the Air Force in 1968. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.