The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is a professional membership organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss. Our aim is to promote and support the professions by advocating for evidence-based practices, high quality standards, value-added resources and giving voice to issues of critical importance. AER provides professional development via face-to-face conferences, virtual offerings and publications to strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of professionals within the field. AER provides networking, mentoring, connectivity, awards and scholarships for professionals to advance excellence within the field. Our aim is to ensure that persons with vision loss will have optimal gains and greater independence by giving timely, intentional and value-added support to professionals in the field.
An AER membership provides automatic membership in an AER Chapter at no additional cost. Chapters provide unique opportunities to connect with local professionals who provide services and resources that enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their educational, employment and personal independence goals.
Why Membership Matters
When you join AER, you join a community of excellence. No matter your role or the number of years in the field, membership in AER places you among a group of elite professionals. AER is a member centered organization where members support each other; and for that reason and many others, AER is constantly evolving, growing and listening. Your goals and your needs are our purpose. Membership in AER is significant: it’s the one place where likeminded professionals come together to make sure members have what they need to succeed.
AER offers new learning series for members!
AER Power Ups! is a new series of virtual educational sessions for members. Members can earn continuing education hours and stay current with information and data. Click here to view upcoming sessions: Schedule
AER International Conference 2020 will be held July 22-26, 2020 in St. Louis, MO. Click here to learn more: Conference Information
AER International Conference 2020 “Call for Presentations” is Now Open!
Looking for a chance to connect COMS, VRTs, LVTs, TVIs and other vision professionals to the latest information, evidence-based practices, research, strategies and solutions? Be a conference presenter! Click here to learn more: CFP Details
AER is pleased to share the new Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairment and their Families. Click here to read: A Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairment and their Families Document