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Session Description:As one of our nation’s oldest professional associations relating to services for people with disabilities, AER has a rich legacy of professional development, advocacy, and accomplishment. Come learn even more reasons to be proud of our association as facilitators Billy Brookshire and Mary Nelle McLennan take participants on an interactive, slightly zany tour of what came before AER, how and why AER came into existence, how AER has evolved and contributed over the years. You’ll also be invited to consider the history we are making now!
Billy Brookshire, former AER Board President, and Mary Nelle McLennan, former AER Board Secretary and current Chief Executive Editor of The New RE:view
- To review the legacy of AER’s predecessor associations
- To build an understanding of the circumstances, processes, and hopes that led to the formation of AER
- To identify major accomplishments that AER and its “ancestor” associations have contributed to the field of education and rehabilitation of people who are blind or visually impaired
- To build pride in our association and its history of accomplishment
- To encourage consideration of future roles and issues for AER to address