Welcome to AERBVI


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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*
AER offers new learning series for members!
AER Power Ups! is a new series of virtual educational sessions for members. Members can earn continuing education hours and stay current with information and data. Click here to view upcoming sessions: Schedule

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

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

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

February 13, 2020 - February 14, 2020

“2020 Vision: Your Dedication in Focus” IAER Conference

Chicago Marriott Naperville 1801 North Naper Boulevard Naperville, Illinois

February 20, 2020 - February 21, 2020

Climbing Higher to Serve Alaskans Alaska AER Conference

Division For Vocational Rehabiliation Job Corp Center 4600 Debarr Road Anchorage, Alaska

March 4, 2020 - March 6, 2020

Unlocking the Future to Independence KAER Conference

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant 100 S Main St North Berea, KY

March 16, 2020 - March 17, 2020

“Technology” GA AER Conference 2020

RT Jones Memorial Library 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy Canton, GA

March 19, 2020 - March 21, 2020

Oregon AER & Pacific Northwest AER Conference

The Heathman Lodge 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. Vancouver, WA

March 30, 2020 - April 1, 2020

Virginia AER 2020 Conference

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel 990 Hilton Heights Rd. Charlottesville, VA

April 22, 2020 - April 24, 2020

Vision 20/20: Focus on Partnerships Penn-Del AER Conference

Best Western Premier Central Hotel 800 E Park Dr. Harrisburg, PA

April 23, 2020 - April 24, 2020

MAER Conference 2020

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

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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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