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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. The first AER Community Reunions was held on October 22.  
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 next Reunion: Register for November 10, 2020 Reunion, 7:00 pm Eastern


Click here to meet your new AER Board of Directors


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.


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

October 17, 2020 - October 24, 2020

Arizona AER Fall Online Conference: October 17 and October 24, 2020

Virtual Online Sessions, Hosted by the Arizona AER Chapter

October 23, 2020 -

AER Northern Rockies Virtual Conference!

Open to members and nonmembers, Virtual

October 26, 2020 - October 27, 2020

IN-AER Fall Conference 2020

Learn more and register here: www.in-aer.net , Indiana

October 28, 2020 - October 30, 2020

2020 Dakotas AER Virtual Conference 20/20 — Focusing on our Future

Aberdeen, South Dakota

October 30, 2020 - October 30, 2020

VRT Division Webinar: Visual Impairment and Mental Health

VRT Division, Webinar

November 10, 2020 -

AER Community Reunion Two

Zoom Open to members, nonmembers, and community

April 22, 2021 - April 23, 2021

Michigan AER

Stay Tuned! More information to come soon ,

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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