Welcome to AERBVI


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AER is a not-for-profit 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.


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Upcoming Event: The AER International Conference 2018 will be held July 25-29, 2018, in Reno, Nevada. This conference is held every other year in even years, so mark you calendar and make plans to attend this exceptional learning and networking experience.



AER is now accepting applications for the William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship. This educational scholarship is for individuals continuing their education in the field of providing services to the blind and visually impaired. The William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship is awarded every other year in even years to two selected applicants who are legally blind and are studying for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. The Deadline for submitting the applications and accompanying documentation is April 30, 2018. The two winners will be announced at the AER International Conference 2018, July 25-29, in Reno, Nevada. To submit your application,  complete the application in full, and verify that you meet all of the eligibility criteria. Then submit your application no later than April 30 to Michele Basham at [email protected].  You can also learn more by visiting our website at https://aerbvi.org/resources/aer-scholarships/.

Nominations are now being accepted for the AER 2018 Awards! Winners will be announced and celebrated during the AER International Conference 2018 in Reno, Nevada. We are asking members to nominate individuals, colleagues, authors, and leaders for their positive impact in the field and contributions to persons with visual impairments. Please consider nominating your mentor, your colleague, your hero.


Several AER chapters will be holding winter and spring conferences. Please scroll down to view upcoming events below or select the Events tab at the top of the page for more information. Check back frequently for new information.


Shop Online and Support AER

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AER is part of the AmazonSmile Program, which means when you shop online at Amazon, the retailer will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Just bookmark the AER portal when you start shopping. This joins AER’s Shop.com program, which provides a cashback benefit for shoppers who use the AER portal as well as royalties to AER.


AER Members – Create Your Account

AER’s website allows members access to their member record for address updates, to renew, make purchases, and to get to members-only sections of the website. First, members must register for an account. To activate the account:

  • Select the login tab at the top of the page to be directed to a series of pages.
  • Select Register Now at the bottom of the page.
  • Select Quick Activation by Contact ID.
  • Enter your member number, first name and last name.
  • Choose your own username and password.

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Upcoming Events

March 15, 2018 - March 16, 2018

2018 DC/MD AER Conference

The Oaks Waterfront Inn 25876 Royal Oak Rd. Royal Oak, Maryland

March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018

2018 PNWAER Conference

The Heathman Lodge 7801 NE Greenwood Drive Vancouver, WA

April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018

2018 TAER Conference​

Marriott Fort Worth 3300 Championship Parkway Fort Worth, TX

April 18, 2018 - April 20, 2018

2018 Dakotas AER Conference Building a Vision for the Future

Best Western Ramkota 1400 8th Ave NW Aberdeen, South Dakota

April 25, 2018 - April 27, 2018

2018 Penn-Del AER Conference “Lead From Where You Are”

Best Western Premier Central Hotel Harrisburg, PA

April 26, 2018 - April 27, 2018

2018 Wisconsin AER Collaborative Vision Conference

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 1001 Amber Ave Stevens Point, WI

July 25, 2018 - July 29, 2018

AER International Conference 2018

Peppermill Resort Reno, Nevada USA

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.

See more membership options or Join Now