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Welcome to the 2022 AR-AER Conference

Worth the Climb

The 2021-2022 AR-AER Board of Directors would like to welcome each of you to “Worth the Climb”!  We are very excited to host our conference in person again to celebrate the challenges we have had to climb and overcome during the past 3 years!

Don’t miss our social time at the conclusion of Thursday’s programming.  

Thank you for joining us for this 2-day adventure as we grow professionally, collaborate with colleagues, network with friends, and celebrate our award winners.

Once again, welcome!

Session Evaluations will need to be completed with opening and closing codes to receive credit.

If a session has part 1 and part 2, you will need to complete an evaluation for each one in order to receive full credit for both.

New Board Members Needed

The Arkansas chapter is truly grateful to the individuals who volunteer their time to oversee the operations of AR-AER and to conduct the business of our chapter. Each year five board members rotate off the board, and qualified leaders are needed to fill their vacated positions. A treasurer and secretary must also be elected annually, and a President-Elect must be elected every other year.  An emailed ballot will be emailed out to the membership during Friday’s board meeting via Google Form.  Nominations to be added to the ballot will be accepted from the floor.  All agencies are encouraged to nominate employees who are AER members to ensure that the Board represents our entire field.  Voting members must submit their vote electronically by Saturday, November 5th by noon.  The announcement of this year’s board will be announced via email. For more details, speak to the nominations committee chair, LaTasha Mays, or any other AR-AER board member. We will vote on:

  • Secretary (1-year term)
  • Treasurer (1-year term)
  • 5 at-large board members (2-year terms)

Continuing Education and Professional Development Reminder

ACVREP, CRC, and ADE Sanctioned

Attendees planning to receive ACVREP, CRC, or ADE continuing education credit must attend sessions in their entirety. We will be monitoring attendance closely.  

Awards Committee Update

We are excited to hold the awards banquet in person and shine a spotlight on some remarkable individuals in our field. We can’t wait to recognize some of the strongest pillars in the field of education and rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired community!

Congratulations to the following 2021 AR-AER award recipients:

J. Max Woolly Award: Not awarded
Joyce Ogburn Award: Cecilia Bates
Bill Tomlin Scholarship: Macy James
Tom Phifer Award: Latasha Age
APH Tribute Bricks:
Jo Ellen Croft
Angyln Young
Arkansas Distinguished Advocate (Business): Not awarded
Arkansas Distinguished Advocate (Individual): Catherine Johnson

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