Benefits of Membership

AER and its Penn-Del Chapter provide ongoing professional development opportunities. The following letter recommends administrators encourage their staff to become members of AER to enjoy the many benefits an AER membership can provide.

Letter to Administrators

Student Invitation to Join AER

Enrolling is easy–with options for payment plans.

Go to the AER International site to become a member!

The winners of the Membership drawings at the Penn-Del AER Conference:

2020 AER International Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

—Win Registration AND $550 toward Travel Expenses

Brittney Larkin and Erin Weaver

2020 Penn-Del AER Conference registration for 2020

Stephen Kuerschner and Dawn Guarigha

Wine Basket ($100 value)

Jule Ann Lieberman

$100 Visa Gift Card

Pamela White

$25 Visa Gift Card Drawing for visiting all Exhibitor Tables

Michael Troilo

For more information, click Membership Drawing.pdf

Membership Benefits of AER International (parent organization) and Penn-Del AER Chapter (local level)


The networking opportunities through active involvement in the association on the chapter, division, and international levels can aid in professional growth, career advancements, and continued education.


Members are offered access to various publications. The AER Report keeps members informed about Association news and policy. AER offers members a free online subscription to the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (JVIB), the official journal of AER, published by the American Foundation for the Blind. Access to back issues of Insight: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, a journal formerly published by AER, is also available.

Professional Development

Ongoing continuing education opportunities for its members are provided at the chapter, regional, and international levels. The chapter’s annual Vision Conference provides opportunities for networking and knowledge growth. AER Job Exchange provides up to date online listing of job openings in the field.


International and Chapter Scholarships are awarded to students who are preparing for a service career in the field of blindness and visual impairment.


AER gives professionals and consumers in the field a collective voice on Capitol Hill to keep the focus on the importance of maintaining specialized blind services for consumers of all ages. AER participates in campaigns aimed at educating the public and decision makers at the state and federal levels about the importance of specialized services for visually impaired people.

Professional Recognition

AER recognizes its members’ outstanding contributions to the field biennially at the AER International conference and yearly at Penn-Del AER Vision Conference.


AER members receive discounts on special AER publications, education programs, conference registration fees, and car rental and hotel discounts.


A professional liability insurance program is available to AER members, along with a comprehensive insurance program package.