Welcome to the DC/Maryland Chapter of AER!

Welcome to the DC/Maryland Chapter of AER! 

Hello DC/MD AER Members,

We are thrilled to deliver to you the DC/MD AER Summer Newsletter. Please click on DC/MD AER Newsletter located at the bottom of the email to review the exciting updates.

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Early Bird Deadline February 6th

Reminder! Register now!

The DC/Md Chapter conference will be headed to a new location this year, St. Michaels, Maryland!

The conference site will be The Oaks Waterfront Inn, located just outside of the main town.

We are offering an exciting information-packed conference agenda with a variety of professional development opportunities; topics to enhance your skills, and speakers eager to share their expertise and experiences. Attendees should include parents, Teachers of the Blind and Vision Impaired, Rehabilitation Teachers, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Orientation & Mobility Instructors, and Medical professionals.

See the following attachments for the conference agenda, lodging information, and registration form. You are also encouraged to register electronically using the link to the form.

Early Bird registration rate is $150 AER members and $185 for non-members, Deadline for early bird is February 6th.

Registration deadline is February 20, 2018. All forms must be received by then, no late or walk-in registrations!

Conference at a Glance
Lodging and Locations
Registration Form

The Chapter is applying for 9 ACVREP credit hours for this conference — stay tuned!

payment options

Come unwind, relax, and rejuvenate with your colleagues! See you in St. Michaels!


Dear Fellow DC/MD AER Member,

The heat has finally broken and fall is here. Before we know it, 2017 will be a memory. It's time to look back on our year and think about the wonderful people in our field, especially those that have given far beyond the call of duty. Won't you do your part and give them a show of thanks by nominating them for one of our fabulous DC/MD AER Awards?

Please take a few minutes and nominate someone whom you know has been a great teacher, friend, or advocate for people who are visually impaired, or who has made a great contribution to the field of blind rehabilitation. You must be an AER Member to nominate a person. However, the nominee does not need to be an AER Member. The awards will be presented at the DC/MD AER Conference Luncheon in St. Michael's, MD on March 16, 2018. We hope to see you there.

The awards for excellence in education and rehabilitation are for active professionals only. The overall excellence is for active or retired professionals. The deadline for turning in the nomination forms is January 26, 2018. So do it now before you get all caught up in the holidays, then kick yourself for forgetting to nominate that worthy friend or two who has done so much. Happy nominating.

The Recognition of Excellence in Direct Service in Education
is for an active professional who provides excellent direct instruction or support to children with visual impairments ages birth to 21.

The Recognition of Excellence in Direct Service in Rehabilitation is for an active professional who provides excellent direct rehabilitative service or support to enhance the lives of individuals with visual impairments. Accomplishments may include facilitating independence, self-advocacy, vocational and/or life goals, etc.

The Recognition of Excellence in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment is for a person or group who has made outstanding contributions to the field of blindness. Accomplishments may be in such areas as administration, advocacy, development of policy or curriculum, contributing to the body of knowledge with research or publications, lifetime contributions in education or rehabilitation, etc.

Friend of the Blind and Visually Impaired Community is to recognize contributions of an individual or a group affiliated with, but not primarily involved in, the education or rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairment. Accomplishments should include providing goods or services which help foster independence and self-worth within the blind and visually-impaired community. Examples may include a supermarket assisting in teaching a group class how to effectively shop, a community group donating white canes to an agency, an airline making an effort to hire blind personnel in customer service, etc.

Last year's winners were:

Recognition of Excellence indirect Service in Education -- Karen Ehrhardt Lloyd
Recognition of Excellence in Direct Service in Rehabilitation -- Marilyn Ward-Tluszcz
Friend of the Blind and Visually Impaired Community-- Joe and Barbara Staniewski
Recognition of Excellence in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment -- J. Kirk Walter




Call for Officer and Board Nominations

The DC/MD AER chapter is a membership organization governed by a Board of Directors. Here is your opportunity to have a direct impact on the success of your AER Chapter. Consider nominating yourself or a colleague for a position on the Board of Directors. Please remember that all nominees must be AER members in good standing.

Please indicate which position the nomination is for:

  • President Elect (must have prior Board experience)
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member-at-Large (3 open positions)

Please send your nominations to Karen Frank, karenf@mdschblind.org. Nominations must be received by February 1, 2018.



Dearest Person with a Great Idea,

We want you. We want you to share your knowledge, enthusiasm, and creativity. The Organizers of the DC/MD Chapter Annual Conference is sponsoring a Call for Papers relating to low vision and blindness. We hope to offer sessions that are interactive.

Consider having the attendees test a device/app/skill you are demonstrating. Perhaps leading a role play would allow the attendees to experience simulated low or no vision. Show us some great new methods you have started using in your teaching, or explain a new confusing law to us that relates to our careers.

Bonus points if you can explain the law using puppets or maybe you work with someone outside our field: a physical therapist, special ed teacher, politician, or job provider. Maybe the two of you have crafted a brilliant new way to benefit your visually impaired student or client. We want to hear from you too. We all want to learn; and you are just the person to teach us.

The 2018 DC/MD AER Conference will be held on March 15-16, 2018 in beautiful St. Michael’s, Maryland. We hope to see you there. If you or someone you know would like to creatively and enthusiastically present on something, please click here to fill out the attached form by October 6, 2017.

Please send all submissions to Karen Frank at karenf@mdschblind.org. We look forward to seeing all of your great ideas.

Al Kaufman, COMS
2018 DC/MD AER Conference Planning Committee


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