Who Are We?
The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is a professional membership organization dedicated to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss. We 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.
Why Become A Member?
Why is this important? Because by becoming a member of 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 that supports each other; and for that reason, we constantly evolving, growing, and listening. Membership in AER is significant: it’s the one place where like-minded professionals come together to make sure we all have what we need to succeed!
An AER membership gives you AER Chapter membership at no additional cost. Chapters provide 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.
Each chapter is unique. With locations throughout the United States and Canada, they provide additional member benefits to AER members at the local level.
What’s Happening at AER?
2022 AER Biennial International Conference Session Proposals
AER is excited to announce that the session proposal submission website for the 2022 AER Biennial International Conference is now live! This event will be held at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO on July 20-24, 2022.
Proposals are being accepted for sixty-minute breakout sessions, ninety-minute breakout sessions, and posters. The following information is required in the Conference Session Proposal to complete your submission: Presenter Biography and Headshot; Session Title, Description, and Knowledge Level; Topic and Type; Presentation Summary; and Three Learning Objectives. The deadline to submit your proposal is December 1, 2021.
Earn those much-needed CEs hours now! Get started now by visiting https://www.aerelearning.org/
The cost per course for AER members is $10 and the non-member per course fee is $25. Please note, those who completed webinars and other sessions prior to February 1, 2021, should download their CE certificates by logging into your AER profile.
Any future CE certificates will be provided to you through this new platform.
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