International Services & Global Issues Division

Welcome to the AER International Services & Global Issues Division (Division 18).

AER members are invited to connect with colleagues from around the globe by joining the newly established AER International Services & Global Issues Division.

The AER International Services and Global Issues Division exists to raise awareness and facilitate engagement of AER members in services, trends, and issues affecting people who are visually impaired in a global context.

  • Engage with other vision professionals who are working to help individuals who are blind and visually impaired to achieve the highest level of independence and success.
  • Exchange strategies, techniques, and approaches to delivering services.
  • Disseminate and receive information about the progress of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment.
  • Be a part of a group aimed at ensuring that individuals who are blind and visually impaired have their needs raised to the highest levels.
  • Engage in collaborative professional development to promote excellence in the field worldwide.


Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the AER Global Issues newsletter. In this issue we will continue our exploration of services for people with blindness and visual impairment in Nigeria with Paul Ajuwon. This past summer he went to Nigeria to collaborate with the University of Jos in the area of orientation and mobility and is reporting on the results and of what may come next. Additionally, we present an interview of a refugee from Myanmar who is blind interviewed by Judith Querciagrossa.

Please click on the following link to view the newsletter: June 2019 edition newsletter link

We are developing a Global Contacts list for the purpose of making worldwide connections of people and organizations that pertains to services for people with blindness and visual impairment. If you or someone you know would be interested in being a contact to represent a country or region, please contact me.

We’re always looking for ways to improve the Division.

Kevin McCormack, COMS

The Global Contacts list is ever-expanding. The Global Contact List.If you have a suggestion for an individual or organization that would serve as a helpful contact for their region, please contact Kevin McCormack at [email protected]

The Global Issues Division is now accepting applications for the 2019 Scholarship

AER’s Global Issues Division is offering an inaugural scholarship competition for students originating from areas outside of mainland United States and Canada that is obtaining post-secondary education to serve students with visual impairments in their region.  Therefore, this scholarship is open to cultural and geographical locations around the world; however, it is not open to American or Canadian students studying in or outside of their home country. Please click on the link below to access the application:

Scholarship 2019 Application – Word

Scholarship 2019 Application – PDF


Here is the International Services and Global Issues Division October 2019 Newsletter:

October Newsletter 2019 – Word
October Newsletter 2019 – PDF


Below are the International Services and Global Issues Division Past Newsletters:

November 2018 Newsletter:

  • The Status of Orientation and Mobility Services for Persons with Visual Impairment in Nigeria: Reflections of a Carnegie Fellow
  • Navigating Blindness as a Refugee
  • Nonprofit Focus—Kanthari

July 2018 Newsletter:

  • Scholarship
  • Development of Services for the Visually Impaired in Nigeria,
  • Hurricane Maria and people with visual impairments in Puerto Rico,
  • Nonprofit Focus
  • Book Review

February 2018 Newsletter:

  • Teaching Global Concepts to Visually Impaired Students at the Ohio State School for the Blind
  • Invisible Exhibition: Interview with Tonya Utkina
  • Services for Children in Countries in the Middle East
  • Recommended Reading in Global Issues
  • Nonprofit Focus: Empowerment Through Integration
  • Book Club


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