Association For Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER)
AER is a professional membership nonprofit dedicated to those who provide services to persons with vision loss.
With a rich history, the Association was formed in 1984 as the result of a consolidation between the American Association of Workers for the Blind and the Association for Education of the Visually Handicapped.
We 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 is committed to serving our members, affiliated chapters, and divisions through effective strategic planning conducted at all levels within the organization. AER’s Strategic Plan guides the association into the future and is periodically updated to ensure we are meeting the members’ and association’s needs.
The Mission of AER:
The mission of AER is to be the unifying voice of specialized education and rehabilitation professionals, yielding the highest quality services to people who are blind or have low vision.
The AER Vision Statement:
Professionals serving people who are blind or who have low vision are one community and speak together, powerfully, with one voice around issues of critical importance to the profession and its ability to provide consistently high-quality services across the lifespan.
Our work is guided by five Core Values:
Welcoming: The richness of our diversity of viewpoint, personal backgrounds, lived experience and cultivated expertise governs our inclusiveness and guides our principled decision-making. We celebrate differences but reject divisiveness.
Accessible: We hold ourselves and others accountable for the effective removal of all barriers. We avow equal participation in the mission and work of our Association. We are intolerant of exclusion, elitism, and lack of transparency.
Engaged: We listen to each other and actively respond to the issues that matter to us and those we serve. We strive to protect and advance specialized services to people who are living with blindness or low vision.
Effective: In everything we do, internally and externally, we seek the best available evidence, we adhere to recognized standards and promising practices, and we evaluate the results achieved.
Collegial: Bound by common cause, we are each other’s most valiant champions and most conscientious critics. We provide each other the sturdy shoulders on which we lean for support and on which we stand to reach for new heights of professional excellence and personal growth.
We are AER!
Donate or start a fundraiser