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.
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.
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.
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
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