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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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2015 NYAER Conference




October 17-19, 2015


The Albany Marriott



Call for Presentations Now Open



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.


Braille Challenge ScholarshipI

In 2008, NYSAER began supporting Braille Challenge™ winners in New York State who were selected to participate in the Braille Challenge finals in Los Angeles, by offering mini-grant scholarships to students. The National Braille Institute sponsors the annual Braille Challenge™ program, which is an academic contest designed to motivate school-age Braille readers to excel in reading and writing Braille.


Regional events were held in Batavia, Long Island, and NY Institute for Special Education, as well as students participating at their home schools. Each student competing in the Challenge completed a battery of tests in Braille reading and writing skills. The NYSAER chapter membership recognizes the importance of students with visual impairments learning Braille as well as the professionals who teach Braille literacy to students.


2014 Braille Challenge Scholarship winners can receive a $225 scholarship to help defray the cost of expenses for travel to Los Angeles in order to participate in the finals with winners from other regional contests around the United States. 


To apply for funding to attend the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles, download the Braille Challenge Application.


U.S. Space Camp Scholarship Application

Space Camp offers school age students who are blind or visually impaired an opportunity to participate in Space Camp.


NYSAER offers a combined total of up to $725 per year towards one or more students who have been selected for Space Camp.


Space Camp dates:  September 20-25, 2014 in Huntsville, Alabama (travel home 9/26/14)


Scholarship Application Deadline:  May 30, 2014

Please go to http://www.tsbvi.edu/space for more information on the SCI-VIS program and applications for the camp.


If you know of students who want to go to Space Camp, and need some financial assistance, download the Space Camp application.


For questions, please contact MaryAnn Oyer, mmoyervi@verizon.net.


 Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 AERNYS Awards!

To learn more about the Award recipients and 2013 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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