Financial Opportunities through Illinois AER
IAER Workshop Grant
Illinois AER invites professionals in the field of low vision and blindness to host a workshop with the purpose of providing continued education and/or training to individuals who are blind or visually impaired or to professionals that serve in the field. IAER offers financial assistance to its members who embark in hosting a workshop that targets increased skills in Assistive Technology, Expanded Core Curriculum, Vocational Training, Self-Autonomy, and other skill areas that ultimately lead to increased accessibility and independence for individuals with low vision or blindness. If awarded financial support for a workshop, all receipts must be submitted for reimbursement by June 1st of the same fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). Collaboration with other agencies is highly recommended. All Illinois AER Members are eligible to apply.
Proposed execution date for workshop must be stated in the application. Receipts must be submitted to Allyssa Harpst no later than June 1 of the same fiscal year of the project. If receipts are submitted late, workshop grant recipients may be at jeopardy of not receiving reimbursement. IAER board and committee members will evaluate your proposals and funded applications will be notified by mail or email.
The IAER awards yearly scholarships, up to $750, to student(s) holding junior or senior, graduate student, or post graduate status who is enrolled in class(es) leading to certification areas in the field of education/ rehabilitation for persons who are blind or visually impaired. The applicant should reside or attend school in the state of Illinois.
HOW TO APPLY
Scholarship applications can be obtained through any of the IAER board members, at Northern Illinois University, at Illinois State University, and at Western Michigan University. You may also download it here: Scholarship Application
The deadline for scholarship applications is December 5, 2016.
Please have the application, essay and official transcripts sent to:
Dayna Grismanauskas, IAER Scholarship Chairman
Hines VA Blind Rehabilitation Center
5000 S. 5th Ave
Hines, IL 60141
or email to:
IAER invites its members to apply for mini-grants to financially assist them in projects that serve the field of low vision and blindness. Grants may be awarded for, but are not limited to curriculum development, research, improvement of a particular area of service, and the implementation of unique activities or ideas. The deadline for application submission is May 1st. If awarded a mini-grant, all receipts must be submitted for reimbursement by June 1st of the same fiscal year. For more information see the Mini-Grant application. Questions about mini-grants
The IAER Stipend program is designed to provide financial support to a person attending a conference or workshop. Stipends are usually allotted as a partial reimbursement for expenses related to attendance. Each person receiving a stipend will be asked to write an informative article, which may be included in an upcoming IAER Newsletter, sharing what he or she has learned. Stipends are capped at $100 for national and state conferences and $200 for international conferences. For more information, see the Stipend Application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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