OAER encompasses a diverse group including Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Rehabilitation Teachers and Counselors, Orientation & Mobility Specialists, individuals with disabilities, family members, and retired professionals. While our backgrounds are varied, we have much in common; we all strive to enhance and improve the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. At work, school, and home, we all benefit when we are able to find balance. Whether the topic is advanced in treatment, education, and rehabilitation for individuals with various eye conditions, or expanding opportunities for employment and enjoyment of life, all presentations at the OAER Annual Conference will share a vision for balance.

OAER 2019 Conference: Striking a Balance

August 6-7 2019

Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center

17 West 7th Street

Tulsa, OK 74119


Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

8:00         Registration

8:30         Welcome/Announcements (Kimberly Berry)

8:35         Agency Updates

DRS Director, Melinda Fruendt

OSB Principal, Lynn Cragg

AIM Center, Pepper Watson

  OSDE, Craig Walker

NewView, Ronita Jones,

Legislative Update, Vicky Golightly,

AER, Barbara Collins

9:15         Opening Business Meeting

9:30         Break/Visit Silent Auction

9:45         Session 1- Ensuring Accessibility of the Oklahoma

School Testing Program (OSDE);

Presenters: Christina McCreary, Angela Kwok

10:45       Break/Visit Silent Auction

11:00       Session 2- Ethical Considerations in Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired;

Presenter:  John Sassin

12:00       Lunch on your own

1:30         General Session 3- Inherited Retinal Degeneration: Understanding Genetic Contributions in Disease Pathogenesis;

Presenter: Dr. Lea Bennett

2:30         Break/ Visit Silent Auction

3:00         General Session 4- DeafBlind: Welcome to My World;

Presenter: Jeri Cooper

4:30         Session Ends

5:00         President’s Reception


Wednesday, August 7

8:00         General Session 5- Technology Toolbox and Strategies for Blind & Visually Impaired Students;

Presenter: Robert Miller

9:30        Break/Final bids for Silent Auction

10:00      General Session 6- Orientation & Mobility: Travel Apps and GPS Systems;

Presenters: Liz Scheffe, Debi Trout

11:00       Session 7- Balancing Life through Sports and Fitness;

Presenter: Audrey Farnum

11:45        Break and Checkout (Room will be reset for banquet.)

12:30       Travis L Harris Awards Banquet/Business Meeting

2:30         New Officers meeting


Registration Form

                                 Striking a Balance

Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (OAER)


Conference Date and Location

August 6-7, 2019

Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center

17 West 7th Street

Tulsa, OK 74119

(918) 585-5898


Participant Information


Mailing address:


Email address:


Registration Rates

Student by- August 1            $55.00

Member by- August 1            $85.00

Member after- August 1        $95.00

Non-member- after August 1        $105.00

Registration fee:

Additional Awards Luncheon tickets at $30 each (Registration includes 1 Awards Luncheon ticket.):

Total amount due:

Program Format Requests


Large Print


Dietary Restrictions


Mail Form and Check to:

Jeanne Meyer, 814 North F St., Muskogee, OK 74403

For additional information or to cancel registration, please contact Jeanne Meyer [email protected] or (918) 348-5661.  Cancellations are needed 48 hours in advance.

Hotel Accommodations are available at the beautiful Tulsa City Center Hotel in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Call 1-855-914-1748 and request Group Code: OAE. Reservations must be made by July 15, 2019 for the discounted rate of $94.00 for OAER Conference Attendees.