Welcome to AER Division 17

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Hello IAER Members!

The board is so excited for this year's conference "Let the Vision Persevere." We are pleased to announce some changes with this year's conference, starting with a new location! We will be back in Naperville and will enjoy the renovated hotel. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. We will be having a 50/50 raffle. Click on conference session below to see a rundown of all the sessions that will be presented at the conference. Take a look and post on our Facebook page which sessions you are excited about!

Conference Session

If you have any questions or would like to help with conference, please contact Amy Lund, alund@sps186.org


2017 IAER Vision Conference

February 16-17, 2017


Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 North Naper Boulevard
Naperville, Illinois 60563


Call for Papers Now Open!

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The Illinois AER Presents:

Key Strategies for TVI's and O&M's When Children Have Multiple Impairments

featuring Millie Smith

February 15, 2017


For more information, click on the IEAR Announcement link:

IAER Announcement PDF

IAER Announcement Word



Do you want to go to Space Camp? Illinois Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (IAER) is once again offering a scholarship for Space Camp 2017! The 2017 sessions for SCI-VIS (Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students) will be held September 23rd to September 28th, 2017 (travel home September 29th) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. SCI-VIS gathers academically oriented, visually impaired students, from around the world. Braille, large print, low vision devices, CCTV’s, refreshable braille displays, synthetic speech, and support from certified teachers of the visually impaired are available during this week to allow the best experience for children with visual impairments.


While at SCI-VIS, students live in a simulated space station called Habitat 1. They have the opportunity to practice their leadership and teamwork abilities as they prepare for two Space Shuttle missions.


Space Camp is open to students from 4th grade (age 10) through high school.  There are four separate programs available, including Space Camp, Aviation Challenge (Mach I, II, & III), Space Academy, and Advanced Academy. Aviation Challenge, Space Academy and Space Camp cost $795, while the cost for Advanced Academy is $895.


More information is available at http://www.scivis.org/.


The Illinois AER scholarship covers the cost to attend.  Parents would need to cover travel cost and spending money.


For more information regarding this opportunity and to obtain the scholarship application, contact Elizabeth Budzik at 847-436-4553 or budzike@d62.org   


The scholarship application form can be found at http://il.aerbvi.org/grants_scholarships.htm



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