Includes educators, rehabilitators, administrators, orientation and mobility specialists, low vision therapists, parents, and houseparents of blind children; agencies, schools, and others interested in the education, guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or occupational placement of the blind and partially-sighted. Cooperates with colleges and universities in conferences and workshops. Presents awards, conducts certification programs, and maintains job exchange services. Works with state, provencial, and national governments on legislation affecting services to blind and visually impaired individuals.


The mission of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.

1703 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 440
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
(703) 671–4500 (877) 492–2708

Organizational membership

AER has six geographical districts and 13 typical divisions.


AER organizes professional conferences and seminars, publishes journals and other publications, provides professional development opportunities for vision professionals, and promotes legislative efforts for vision issues.


International conferences in even-numbered years Webinars More than 25 annual chapter conferences


AER Report: Quarterly newsletter Insight: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness: Quarterly peer-reviewed journal


Lou Tutt, Executive Director
Tel: 703–671–4500, ext. 205

Education programs

Low Vision

Last updated: June 25, 2019