"A dynamic group of teachers and rehab specialists work and live in the DC /Maryland area." - Sharon P

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

local Chapter DC/MD

DC-MD AER is a chapter of AER (Association of the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually-Impaired). AER is a non-profit professional membership organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss. Our aim is to 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 provides professional development via face-to-face conferences, virtual offerings and publications to strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of professionals within the field. AER provides networking, mentoring, connectivity, awards and scholarships for professionals to advance excellence within the field. Our aim is to ensure that persons with vision loss will have optimal gains and greater independence by giving timely, intentional and value-added support to professionals in the field.

Thank you to the following vendors,

who made our Vendor Fair a rousing success

  • APH
  • Vispero
  • Integration Technologies Group
  • Eschenbach
  • Touch Graphics
  • Guiding Eyes
  • Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
  • The Low Vision Shop
  • Reilly Insurance
And a big thank you to all of you who turned out, learned some new things, ate some good food, talked to some cool people, and won some fabulous prizes.

Nominations Are Now Open

Click on our AWARDS link and nominate someone for one of our four great awards.Awards will be presented at our spring conference on March, 10, 2023, but you only have until December 31, 2022 to nominate someone.


Saturday, December 10, 2022

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Apple Store 4860 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

Join the DC/AER chapter for the Winter edition of Accessibility Day at Apple! This FREE event will help us to “discover how those with vision loss can learn different ways to interact with Mac and iOS. We’ll explore assistive technologies like Zoom, Text to Speech, and Magnifier, and practice using Dictation to turn spoken words into text.” Feel free to bring your device (iPad or iPhone) or the Apple store will loan you one to use during the session.Please indicate in advance if you will need any accommodations.

Classes are limited to 15 people, so sign up today. 

Sign up here


Why should I join?

When you join AER you provide the means for us to:
  • Plan conferences and other learning environments for you
  • Provide a forum for us on a local, state, and federal level to discuss issues as they affect the people of the blind and visually impaired community and those who work with them.
  • Provide professional publications assessing the latest in technologies and instructional methods
  • Provide scholarships, learning opportunities, and leadership opportunities for people to help further the field.
As a member, you will receive:
  • Discounts to conferences and other events.
  • Access to e-learning events
  • Access to listservs that will allow you to interact with others in the field.
  • Discounts on numerous other services, such as auto insurance, hotels, rental cars, and even professional liability insurance
  • Access to various awards and scholarships to help you advance in your field.
  • The opportunity to network with others in the field.
  • Access to help shape the direction you would like AER to move. We rely on our members to tell us what they would like the only professional organization for people who work with the blind and visually-impaired community. Tell us what you would like to see.


Are you a DC-MD AER Chapter member in good standing AND looking for a way to get involved with the chapter? Please consider joining one of our committees, get connected, and help continue to move us in a positive direction.

If you have additional questions about any of these committees please reach out to us via e-mail at info@dcmdaer.org.


Not a member, but want to become one? It’s never too late register!


Your DC/MD AER Chapter is here to help you with resources, mentorship, and professional development. If you have ideas of how we can help you or for events, please contact us at info@dcmdaer.org. We would love to hear from you!

Board of Directors

Al Kaufman, COMS -
Karen Frank -
Matt Spencer, TVI -
Abby Gifford, TVI/COMS, M.Ed. -
Sarah Wilkins, COMS -
Ericka Tinsley, TVI/COMS -
Diane Ducharme -
Rebecca Hommer -
Krista Harris-Hermann -
Hannah Kleinschmidt -
 Student Representative

Apply for Services

To apply for our services and make a referral, contact us. We would love to hear from you!



DC-MD AER 2023 Spring Conference

in conjunction with Maryland State Steering

Friday, March 10, 2023 Maritime Conference Center Linthicum Heights, MD

Many great presentations

Our fabulous awards luncheon