Welcome to AERBVI


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Who Are We?

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is a professional membership organization dedicated to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss. We 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.

Why Become A Member?

Why is this important? Because by becoming a member of 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 that supports each other; and for that reason, we constantly evolving, growing, and listening. Membership in AER is significant: it’s the one place where like-minded professionals come together to make sure we all have what we need to succeed!

AER Chapters

An AER membership gives you AER Chapter membership at no additional cost. Chapters provide 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.

Each chapter is unique. With locations throughout the United States and Canada, they provide additional member benefits to AER members at the local level.

What’s Happening at AER?

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2022 AER Biennial International Conference Session
Join AER in St. Louis, Missouri from July 20-24, 2022 for the 2022 AER Biennial International Conference! There will be tons of breakout sessions, division breakfasts, and fun evening events await – we hope to see you there!

We plan to open the Registration for attendees soon, and the Exhibitor and Sponsorship information will be available to you in February.

The Call for Proposals has closed and the submissions are currently being reviewed.

Let’s get excited for St. Louis in July!

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Earn those much-needed CEs hours now! Get started now by visiting https://www.aerelearning.org/  

The cost per course for AER members is $10 and non-member per course fee is $25. Please note, those who completed webinars and other sessions prior to February 1, 2021, should download their CE certificates by logging into your AER profile. Any future CE certificates will be provided to you through this new platform.

If you have any technical issues, please contact Megan Doty at [email protected]

Upcoming Events

October 15, 2021 - March 11, 2022

Georgia AER Virtual Two-Day Conference

Virtual Conference Georgia AER,

March 3, 2022 - March 4, 2022

Kentucky AER 2022 Annual Conference

Virtual , Kentucky

March 17, 2022 - March 18, 2022

Virginia AER 2022 Virtual Conference: RISE and THRIVE with a New Vision

Virtual (Remote), Virginia AER

July 20, 2022 - July 24, 2022

“Gateway to Community” AER International Conference 2022

Union Station Hotel 1820 Market St St. Louis, Missouri SAVE THE DATE!

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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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