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.

AER International Conference 2020 “Call for Presentations” is Now Open!
Looking for a chance to connect COMS, VRTs, LVTs, TVIs and other vision professionals to the latest information, evidence-based practices, research, strategies and solutions? Be a conference presenter! Click here to learn more: CFP Details

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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.

This website is designed on an accessible platform and adaptable for viewing on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.

AER Presents: A Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairment and their Families Document

Special Announcement:

Dear Orientation and Mobility Professional,

William M. Penrod, Eileen Siffermann, Ximena Burgin, Bruce Blasch, and William Wiener are pleased to announce Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to replicate the seminal study of Uslan, Hill, & Peck (1989) The Profession of Orientation and Mobility in the 1980’s. The above mentioned authors have designed a comprehensive and detailed survey instrument that addresses all of the issues and findings of Uslan, Hill, & Peck (1989) and included other pertinent and germane issues regarding perceived needs by professionals in the field of visual impairments, parents and partners of persons who are visually impaired. Your participation in this study will hopefully steer university personnel preparation programs, consumer groups and professional associations in the directions identified by you!

Click here to begin the survey: https://niu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6mr0HKXr4EBgF7f

Upcoming Events

September 19, 2019 - September 20, 2019

Arkansas AER Conference 2019

Four Points by Sheraton 925 S. University Ave. Little Rock, Arkansas

September 25, 2019 - September 27, 2019

Sharing the Vision Conference 2019 Florida AER Conference

Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista 13351 State Road Orlando, FL

October 16, 2019 - October 18, 2019

“Mind, Body, and Spirit” Alabama AER 36th Annual Training Conference

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel 8 Perimeter Park S Birmingham, Alabama

October 29, 2019 - October 31, 2019

2019 NRAER Conference

Couer d’Alene Resort 115 S 2nd St. Coeur d'Alene, ID

November 7, 2019 - November 9, 2019

Transition and O&M: A Path to Independence

Beach Cove Resort North Myrtle Beach 4800 S Ocean Blvd North Myrtle Beach, SC

November 13, 2019 - November 15, 2019

Beyond All Limits 2019 NE/AER Annual Conference

North Conway Grand Hotel 72 Common Court North Conway, NH

March 30, 2020 - April 1, 2020

Virginia AER 2020 Conference

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel 990 Hilton Heights Rd. Charlottesville, VA

April 23, 2020 - April 24, 2020

MAER Conference 2020

The Marriott at Laurel Park Place 17100 Laurel Park Drive North Livonia, Michigan

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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