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We are proud and honored to announce the following 2020 AER Award winners:

Dr. Michael J. Bina, Mary K. Bauman Award
Brian Charlson
, Douglas C. MacFarland Award
Frances Kelley
, Alfred Allen Award
Rodney J. Kossick, Ambrose M. Shotwell Award
Dr. Michele McDonnall, John H. McAulay Award
Dr. Tiffany Wild, C. Warren Bledsoe Award
AER Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter, Outstanding AER Chapter Award

     Click here for a special message from AER President Emily Coleman and Paul Olson, AER Awards Committee Chair.

AER is proud to announce a new scholarship for grad student applicants studying for a career in the field of Orientation & Mobility or Teachers of the Visually Impaired. The three $2,000 scholarship winners will be announced in the Fall of 2020.

Deadline for submitting applications is August 31, 2020, and scholarship recipients will be notified on or around October 2020. Refer to the application for eligibility criteria. The deadline for consideration of the 2020 Scholarship is August 31, 2020. All application materials must be submitted to the AER office no later than August 31. Download the application by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update
The AER International Conference 2020 has been rescheduled for July 2022 due to COVID-19. Friendly reminder: If you have already booked a hotel room for the conference, please remember to contact the hotel to cancel your hotel room(s) for the AER International Conference 2020. The reservation is not automatically canceled by the hotel. All reservations that are not canceled according to the hotel terms are subject to the hotel’s applicable fee’s.


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.

AER Chapters
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.

New Release
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


Upcoming Events

September 18, 2020 - September 19, 2020

Arkansas AER Virtual Conference

Virtual http://ArkansasAER.org/Conference,

July 1, 2022 - July 1, 2022

“Gateway to Community” AER International Conference 2022

Union Station Hotel 1820 Market St St. Louis, Missouri

See all upcoming events


Regular Member


Includes individuals in an educational, rehabilitation, and/or professional field working with those who are blind or visually impaired. A voting membership open to anyone living in the U.S. or Canada.

International Member


Includes individuals in a educational, rehabilitation, and/or professional field working with those who are blind or visually impaired. A voting membership open to anyone living outside the U.S. or Canada.

Student Member


A voting membership open to university students. Need to supply University/College name, expected graduation date, degree program, advisor name & email for confirmation. Limited to 6 cumulative years.

Organization Member


Organizational Member – A non-voting membership category for companies, state/provincial agencies, school systems, non-profit agencies, and other entities that serve those who are blind and visually impaired.

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