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In light of circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the AER Accreditation Council approves, through December 31, 2021 the following policy for all higher education programs, agencies and specialized schools pursuing or maintaining accreditation. Click here to continue reading…


AER is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 AER Scholarship. After carefully reviewing all entries, the AER Scholarship Committee decided on three individuals that clearly met and exceeded the criteria. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 AER Scholarship winners:

Rachel Bodek, Hunter College
Michelle Hicks, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kristin Lockley, San Francisco State University


Come One, Come All! All are welcome to attend the AER Community Reunions!
This fall, AER is excited to invite everyone in our community, AER members, family and friends, colleagues from every discipline and every organizational affiliation, consumers, parents, and anyone at all who helps to make up the mosaic of our community, to be a part of our field-wide Community Reunions.

Come celebrate the triumphs and achievements of some of our community’s most accomplished leaders. Come learn something new about the most critical issues in the education and adult services arenas and how you can help. And come make your voice heard to help all of us chart the course of our community’s future, our field’s vibrancy, and AER’s place in it. Earn one continuing education credit by attending our panel on educational issues, moderated by AER Interim Executive Director Mark Richert. Finally, make your voice heard during a discussion on the future of the field.
Register for the final Reunion: Register for November 30, 2020 Reunion, 7:00 pm Eastern


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.

Upcoming Events

February 26, 2021 - March 1, 2021

Georgia AER 2021 Virtual Conference

Open to all! 2-Day Online Virtual Conference, Register to Attend

April 22, 2021 - April 23, 2021

Michigan AER Conference 2021: Motivation. Access. Excellence. Resilience.

Open to all!, Online Virtual Conference

October 26, 2021 - October 28, 2021

AER Northern Rockies Chapter Conference 2021

Cody, Wyoming

November 3, 2021 - November 5, 2021

Northeast AER Conference — Mystical Connections 2021

Virtual Mystic, Connecticut

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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