Sue Wiygul Martin, LVT and VRT
Sue and her dog guide at the Seeing Eye
Ms. Martin grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from The University of the South in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Her passion for reading and digging into literature began in her youth and was fostered and refined during her undergraduate career. Ms. Martin lost her vision in 1982 and thus began her new career as an educator of blind and visually impaired individuals.
Ms. Martin attended Western Michigan University in the mid-1980s, where she earned her M.A. in the field of blind rehabilitation. For 11 years she taught independent living skills to blind and visually impaired individuals in three different states.
In 1996, Ms. Martin moved into the Computer Access Program of Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, now called The Iris Network. In her role as a computer access specialist, she did assessment, recommendation, and teaching of adaptive hardware and software.
In 2002, Ms. Martin began her career with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as the Subject Matter Expert for the computer access training section of the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, AL. In this position, Ms. Martin oversaw the teaching staff of the computer access program, provided technical support to staff and students, and made the selection of hardware and software issued by the program. Five years later she moved into the VHA Section 508 Office. She is currently detailed to the newly formed Office of Organization Development and Engagement within the Veterans Affairs Office of Information and Technology.
Ms. Martin has presented widely at international conferences on assistive technology. She works as a beta tester for five assistive technology software packages. She has published several articles in professional journals and has been a peer reviewer for information technology articles submitted to professional journals.
She is the author of a recently published book Out of the Whirlpool.