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The New York State Chapter of AER (NYSAER) is a strong chapter with about 300 members.  NYSAER 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 Annual Conference – 2017


“Communication for Independence”


Sunday, October 22nd – Tuesday, October 24th


The Marriott – Albany


189 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205


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Registration Information:

To register for the NYSAER conference, click the following link to access the full registration packet with conference agenda: http://bit.ly/2gWDQkv


For additional information or questions please contact:

Chris Russell, 1st VP, Conference Chair: Christopher.russell@qc.cuny.edu


Hotel Booking with discounted rate:


Booking your room at the Marriott, Albany:


To book your room at the GROUP RATE, click the following link: http://bit.ly/2vnOjZh




2018 Nominations for NYSAER Board of Directors

Nominations for the 2018 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 Sharon Schwalm by June 30, 2018.

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 Sharon at sschwalm1@rochester.rr.com.

2018 BOD Nominations Form - Word

2018 BOD Nominations 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. 23-28, 2016 in Huntsville, Alabama (travel home 9/29/2017)

Applications Deadline: Friday, May 5th, 2017

Application Link

Please send the completed scholarship application to:
Chelsea Hale
1764 Broadway Rd.
Darien Center, NY 14040
For questions: Contact Chelsea Hale at Chelseazem@gmail.com


Braille Challenge

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.
New York State Association for the Educations and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (NYSAER) is pleased to announce a scholarship program for students who are eligible to attend the Braille Challenge Competition Finals is Los Angeles in June 2017. For more information about the Braille Challenge Competition Finals please visit http://www.brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge-homepage.html/.

NYSAER will be awarding up to $250.00 for a student(s) to help finance the cost of expenses when attending the competition.

Link to the Application

Please send the completed application to no later than Friday, May 19th, 2017.

Chelsea Hale
1764 Broadway Rd
Darien Center, NY 14040
Phone: 585-813-3769
E-mail: Chale@gvboces.org



Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 NYSAER Awards!

To learn more about the Award recipients and 2018 nomination process, go to the Awards/Membership page


NYSAER is proud to announce the availability of scholarships for adults entering the vision profession.

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


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