DC-MD Chapter of AER


DC-MD Chapter of AER invites you to:

TogethAER Again

At this time, we are planning to have an in-person conference and are so excited to see our friends and colleagues. More information to follow soon.

October 22, 2021

Maritime Conference Center

Linthicum, MD

We also need your expertise. Please consider presenting and sharing your knowledge

Submit a Proposal here!!

Registration Information coming soon!!!

Annual Awards Announcement

It's that time again to think about nominating your colleagues in the vision and rehabilitation fields. Especially given the unusual times we have lived through over the past year, nominating a fellow professional will have even greater meeting, 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 September 10, 2021. The awards will be presented at the annual conference on October 22, 2021. We know that it seems like a long time away, but if you do it now, you won't have to try to remember to do it during your summer break or when you return in the fall, which is already overwhelming enough! And remember, the more detail you give regarding why this person is worthy of acknowledgement, the better that person’s chances of winning.

Nominations can be submitted to in the form of a Word document to Al Kaufman at alan.kaufman@pgcps.org or by filling out the Google forms in the links below.

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.

Happy nominating.

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Help DC-MD AER Grow

Chapter Committees

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 dc.md.aer@gmail.com.


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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 dc.md.aer@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

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Board of Directors

President - Ruth Ann Hynson

Past President - Joshua Irzyk

President Elect - Dareen Barrios

Secretary - Kaitlin Kernan

Treasurer - Al Kaufman

Board member - Gina Fugate

Board member - Krista Harris-Hermann

Board member - Rebecca Hommer

Board member - Deb Nikkila

Board member - Matthew Spencer

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