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 February 2020 edition of the AER Global Issues newsletter. In this newsletter we have an interview of Gustavo Serrano who helped create rehabilitation services in Chile, we will find out more on the education of students who are blind or visually impaired in Cameroon, and you will be informed about a project for recycling Perkins Braillers for people with visual impairments in Tijuana, Mexico. I also want to acknowledge a recent article in JVIB called “The Effect of Contact Interventions on the Stigma of People with Albinism in Tanzania.” Utilize your JVIB subscription and check it out. It is from 2019, volume 113, Issue 5 (September), pages 464-469.

Please click on the following link to view the newsletter:  February Newsletter 2020 – Word

As you probably know, the big AER International conference is coming this July – in St. Louis, MO. Our division is planning a donation station, where new or gently used educational materials for students with visual impairments outside of North America may be able to use them. Details are developing but you may contact me with any questions. We are also still recruiting for our hospitality committee, where we welcome international guests to the conference and help them to feel welcome throughout their stay.

We’re always looking for ways to improve the Division. Please send any comments, questions, suggestions, or encouragements to Kevin at [email protected]


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 February 2020 Newsletter:

February Newsletter 2020 – Word
February Newsletter 2020 – PDF


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

October 2019 Newsletter:

  • Interview with Manolo of Puerto Rico
  • Checkered Eye
  • Update on UEB training in Nigeria
  • Nonprofit Focus—Rehabilitation Council of India

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 and 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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