The AER Accreditation programs is designed for schools and agencies that provide services to individuals who are blind or with low vision. It allows for a process under which agencies and schools are evaluated against a set of standards, referred to hereafter as organizations. This accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to validate the quality of the organization and its programs and to assist in the improvement of the organization and its programs. As a result, the accreditation process does not prescribe specific practices, but is concerned, from a qualitative standpoint, that the organization and its programs have clearly defined relevant goals and appropriate conditions under which goals can be achieved. Accreditation serves as a vehicle that allows for organizations to first examine itself via a self-study in relation to a specific set of standards and then be assessed by external reviewers. Then in turn, the information and materials that are received via the self-study are subjected to a strict review and evaluation to determine if accreditation can be awarded.
The AER Accreditation Program is outcomes-based. The AER accreditation distinction signals that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generated the outcomes needed by the clients. To learn more about the program, please send an email to [email protected].