AER Events

Listings with links for upcoming events for State Chapters and Divisions

17th International Mobility Conference (IMC17)

June 22-25, 2020: International Orientation and Mobility Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden

AER International Conference 2020

Save the Date: 7/22/2020 - 7/26/2020, AER International Conference 2020 St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO


Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairments and Their Families

Paul Olson prepared a Bill of Rights that has now been adopted and endorsed by AER and Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB). This is a terrific document to share with the teams you work with, and will also be helpful for advocacy efforts. You can read and download the Bill of Rights at Bill of Rights document

Posted 2019-06-11

O&M Scope of Practice, Last Vote...

The Scope of Practice document for Orientation and Mobility has been updated to include items shared in suggestions and comments. The final vote is occuring now through July 23rd. If approved, it will be shared at the AER Orientation and Mobility Division Business Meeting at the AERBVI international Conference in Reno, NV.

Download the final draft of the O&M Scope of Practice O&M Scope of Practice July Final Draft.

Posted 2018-07-06

O&M Scope of Practice!

We have been working on an O&M Scope of Practice paper to more clearly define what we do as professionals. I wanted to ask for professionals in the field to provide input and feedback on the draft of the attached document.

The paper is meant to serve the multiple purposes for multiple different audiences and a 2-3 page executive summary will also be created from the most important content in the longer version.

We will be hosting a conference call March 29th at 6:30 PM EST if you would like to discuss the document in more detail. Contact the Division Chair at jkaiser@uscupstate for more details.

Please email your feedback as well by April 9th!

Download the draft of the O&M Scope of Practice O&M Scope of Practice Final Draft.

Posted 2018-03-11

Donald Blasch Scholarship

The Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Division of AER is now accepting applications for the 2018 Donald Blasch Scholarship. AER's O&M Division sponsors an annual scholarship competition for students enrolled in AER approved O&M programs. The scholarship recognizes the vital contributions of the late Donald Blasch to the profession of O&M during his long tenure at Western Michigan University.

Individuals selected for the scholarship receive an unrestricted award of $1,000.00. Two scholarships are awarded each year (depending on availability of funds).

The deadline for receiving applications for the Blasch Scholarship Is March 15th, 2018.

All O&M students enrolled in AER-approved programs are encouraged to apply. Here is a link to download the Donald Blasch Scholarship application.

The deadline for receiving applications for the Blasch Scholarship Is March 15th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Langendonk at susanlangendonk@gmail.com.

Posted 2018-02-03

Time for Nominations!

The O&M Division needs you! Do you have friends, a spouse, a significant other, children, nieces/nephews, siblings, or elderly parents/relatives? Maybe you are new to the field or have been here for a while. Possibly you are employed full time, part time, or retired. If so, like all the current O&M Board Members, your lives are as busy as ours. Being too busy isn’t an excuse for not getting involved in our professional organization. If we want the O&M Division to grow and the profession to prosper, we need to address issues which impact our jobs, professions and the individuals we serve. We desire for every member to consider taking an active role in our division. All members who are AER and O&M Division Members are eligible to run for these leadership positions. This means YOU! We can’t talk to everyone, so please consider this as us, asking you personally to consider running for a position.

Positions up for election in 2018 are:

Chair-Elect: 2-year terms as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair total 6 year commitment

6 District Director Positions: 2-year term (July 2018-July 2020)

DISTRICT 1: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Yukon Territories.

DISTRICT 2: Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Manitoba, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Saskatchewan, Texas

DISTRICT 3: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario and Wisconsin.

DISTRICT 4: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire, New York, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont

DISTRICT 5: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tennessee

DISTRICT 6: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C.

Secretary: 2-year term (July 2018-July 2020)

Treasurer: 2-year term (July 2018-July 2020)

You can download a Nomination Application for submitting a nomination; the application includes more information for each position. If you have questions about any position, please contact any nominating committee member or the current member holding the position:

Jen Breitinger: markcarter1211@gmail.com

Mark Carter: markcarter1211@gmail.com

Erica Ihrke: EIhrke@leaderdog.org

Meg Robertson: Mobilitymeg@aol.com

Mary Ball-Swartwout: maryswartwout@gmail.com

Posted 2017-11-02

3D Pen Watercooler/Webinar

Webinar Topic: "3-D Pen"

Presenter: Nick Leon

When: August 30th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Emerging 3D technology is providing new ways to create tactile diagrams and 3D pens are an effective and affordable tool to efficiently produce simple tactile maps. The purpose of this webinar is to allow professionals to learn about how they can use the technology in their work with learners who are blind and visually impaired so they can access map information. You will be able to ask questions and share strategies as part of this webinar. This will be a 60 minute webinar, but don't worry! If you cannot participate in the live session, you can download the audio file from the O&M Division website. Additional resources will be posted regarding using a 3-D pen that can be downloaded before, during, or after the webinar. ACVREP CE Hour(s) will be awarded to those who participate in the live webinar; and complete and submit the attached form.

Please click here for the 3-D Pen handouts. The handouts are also located on the O&M Division Page under the heading '3-D Pen Webinar.'

Please click here for the CE form.

To participate, please dial: 412-380-2000 (U.S. & Canada) and enter code: 9053252#

Posted 2017-08-30

AER Orientation and Mobility Division Strategic Plan Webinar and Business Meeting

There will be a business meeting at the AER International O&M Conference in Pittsburgh on July 19th at 5:30pm. At the meeting, the Strategic Plan will be introduced to attendees. In preparation for the meeting, a webinar has been scheduled to solicit feedback on the draft of the strategic plan. The draft strategic plan can be downloaded at "Draft Strategic Plan". The webinar on the plan is scheduled for July 11th at 6:00pm EST; the call in information is...

Conference Line Number: 712-451-0200

Guest Code: 742477#

The agenda for the 2017 Division Business Meeting that will occur at the conference can be downloaded at "2017 Agenda". And, draft minutes from the 2016 Divison Business Meeting can be downloaded at "2016 Draft Minutes"


Posted 2017-07-07

Donald Blasch Scholarship application for 2017

Winners of the 2017 Donald Blasch Scholarship will be announced at the Division Business Meeting on July 19th in Pittsburgh, PA as part of the Orientation and Mobility Conference.

Posted 2017-07-07

2017 AER International Orientation and Mobility Conference and Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA

The AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference and Meeting 2017 registration opens February 13, 2017, and the conference itself will July 19-22, 2017. The 2017 Division Confernece will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh "where the city’s famed three rivers meet in the heart of downtown." To learn more, check out the information on the AERBVI Conference page at, AER Orientation and Mobility Conference, 2017.

Posted 2017-02-09


AER Orientation and Mobility Division pages on the AERBVI Website

The AERBVI Website is the place to visit to access all your benefits of membership! You can access Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness articles, position papers many divisions, find out about upcoming professional development opportunities, and more. Check it out!

LiveBinders O&M Shelf

Orientation and Mobility Resources in LiveBinders

O&M Division on Facebook

Find out what is happening in the field of Orientation and Mobility on the Division's Facebook page. And, you can tag us using @aeromdivision

O&M Division on Twitter

You can keep up with news, announcements, and information via Twitter too; @aeromdivision.