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The New York State Chapter of AER (AERNYS) is a strong chapter with about 300 members.  AERNYS strives to promote the education and rehabilitation of individuals of all ages in New York State who are blind and visually impaired.  We strive to provide activities, service, and opportunities for the professional growth to its members and the individuals we serve.

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NYSAER 2016 Conference

November 6-8, 2016

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You are invited to attend the 32nd Annual NYSAER Conference at the DoubleTree hotel, Syracuse, New York.  Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Katherine White.


Click here for more information on how to register!




2016 Nominations for NYSAER Board of Directors


Nominations for the 2016 NYSAER Board of Directors are now being sought.  Serving on the NYSAER Board of Directors is a good way to be involved in your chapter, influence the future of the organization, and meet other professionals in your field.


Any current NYSAER member is eligible to serve for a three-year term.  There are three board meetings a year (one held at the conference).


Consider running and nominating your associates for the Board of NYSAER.  Fill out the nomination form and return it to Grace Ambrose-Zaken by July 30, 2016


Those interested, should send a paragraph long bio informing members about yourself and a statement of why you will be an asset to the NYSAER board of directors.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Grace at  gambrose@hunter.cuny.edu


2016 BOD Nominatins Form - Word

2016 BOD Nominatinos Form - PDF



NYSAER Space Camp Scholarship

U.S. Space Camp Scholarship Application for SCI-VIS

(up to awarded to a NYS student to attend Space Camp)


Sept. 24-29, 2016 in Huntsville, Alabama (travel home 9/30/2016)


Applications Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2016




I was the president of the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton Massachusetts for 33 years, (1976-2009).  In 2010 I took responsibility for CANnect, which is a consortium of agencies and schools whose mission is to create leading edge, user-friendly and accessible online educational opportunities, learning resources and life skills training for persons who are blind and/or visually impaired, for professionals who serve them and for their families. www.cannect.org

CANnect has designed and implemented a “Portal: Course Catalogue” through which users are able to access existing online English language accessible courses.  We are working toward the goal of making CANnect THE one stop shopping site, like Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity in the airline industry.  Many courses videos and webinars are already uploaded on our site with more being posted today to CANnect's Portal. 


Recently the board voted to expand our Master Catalogue of courses, and create a fully accessible resource database for TVI’s (Teachers of the visually impaired), available 24/7.  Because it was an idea of our board of directors, we wanted to test our instincts and receive input from TVI’s to learn whether this seemed like a useful idea. A Survey Monkey Accessible questionnaire was distributed to TVI’s registered with all Accessible Instructional Materials Centers in all 50 states.   TVI’s responded enthusiastically about our idea, but we received no responses from New York so I am writing to ask if you would distribute the questionnaire again to TVI's in New York.  


The CANnect consortium, which includes educators from long-established schools for the blind, experts in online business startups, and philanthropists, is seeking to understand the needs of the TVI regarding professional development and how you obtain information and resources essential to do your job.



from Rachel Ethier Rosenbaum



If any O&M specialist has ever had an issue or is having an ongoing issue with getting O&M referrals for preschoolers, clearance and/or payment to provide O&M evaluations and treatment to preschoolers in New York State, please contact Grace Ambrose-Zaken at (212) 772-4741.

Also contact Ms. Ambrose-Zaken if you have noticed that Service Coordinators are sending you only TVI referrals and no O&M referrals for preschool children.



 Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 AERNYS Awards!

To learn more about the Award recipients and 2016 nomination process, go to the Awards/Membership page


AERNYS is proud to announce the availability of scholarships for adults entering the vision profession and program grants for students interested in attending Space Camp and the Braille Challenge Finals.

Click here to learn more about how to apply for AERNYS scholarships and student grants!



Nominations are now being sought for the NYSAER Board of Directors 

  • Serving on the AERNYS Board of Directors is a great way to become involved in your chapter, influence the future of the organization and meet people.
  • Current AERNYS members are eligible to run for election to the board
  • Elected board members serve a three year term.
  • Board members are eligible to run for Executive Board seats which are two year terms.
  • The Board of Directors meets three times per year at various cities in New York State, with the fall meeting occurring prior to the start of the fall conference.

Click here to download 2013 Nomination form


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