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 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

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

July 22, 2020 - July 26, 2020

“Gateway to Community” AER International Conference 2020

Union Station Hotel 1820 Market St St. Louis, Missouri

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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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