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AER is closely monitoring conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and will provide timely updates regarding impacts, if any, to the AER International Conference 2020. The health, welfare and safety of our attendees are our top priorities. Though planning for the conference continues, we know that the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly everyday. These are unprecedented times. We will communicate conference related changes via the website, social email and e-blasts. Please be safe.

Joe Catavero
Chair, AER International Conference 2020 Program Committee 

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.

*Exciting News*

New Survey 4/3/2020: Flattening the Inaccessibility Curve
Your input is needed! Please take a moment to complete this very important survey. We are  investigating experiences of adults who are blind or have low vision during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey covers areas of healthcare; transportation; employment; education; social experiences; access to meals, food, and supplies; and voting. Thank you for helping flatten the inaccessibility curve. Click here to complete the survey:

New AER Power UPs! Session  April 17, 12 – 1pm  Understanding Customized Employment  To learn more, visit: Session Information

AER Board of Directors 2020-2022
The election for the AER Board of Directors 2020-2022 is now open. Election ballots have been provided to members. Don’t miss this important opportunity to elect the next governance board! Meet the Candidates

Conference Registration is Now Open! AER International Conference 2020 will be held July 22-26  in St. Louis, MO. Click here to learn more: Conference Information

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

April 15, 2020 - April 17, 2020

AER 20/20: Focusing on our Future 2020 Dakotas AER Conference: Postponed

605 14th Ave SE Aberdeen, South Dakota

April 23, 2020 - April 24, 2020

MAER Conference 2020

Livonia, Michigan

July 22, 2020 - July 26, 2020

“Gateway to Community” AER International Conference 2020

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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