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Welcome to the 2021 AR-AER Conference

Hindsight 20/20: Refocusing Our Vision

The 2020-2021 AR-AER Board of Directors would like to welcome each of you to the 2021 conference!  We are very excited to have the opportunity to offer this virtual conference and grow as a community together!

Don’t miss our social time at the conclusion of each day’s programming.  We will be leaving the Zoom open as an opportunity to network with friends and colleagues.

Thank you so much for attending the conference this year.  It is truly an honor serving alongside the rest of you in this great profession!  We are thankful you decided to join us on this virtual journey.

Whitney Musick
AR-AER President


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 logs closely, so please stay logged in with Zoom as your active window to receive credit.

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


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. The 2021 board elections will be held during the first half of the annual business meeting on Thursday, September 23rd via a Google Form.  The web link to the ballot will be dispersed during the Zoom meeting.  If you are a voting member, you will receive a code prior to the event through email to enter on your ballot. Nominations to be added to the slate 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. For more details, speak to the nominations committee chair, LaTasha Mays, or any other AR-AER board member. We will vote on:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 5 at-large board members (2-year terms)

Awards Committee Update

Awards are back this year! Although our conference is virtual, we couldn’t miss an opportunity to shine a light on individuals who have not only gone above and beyond their everyday responsibilities but have continued to serve selflessly during a pandemic. Honorees will have their awards presented to them prior to the conference. “Shhh,” it’s a secret! A video montage will be revealed at the conference spotlighting each award presentation. It’s going to be great fun, so we can’t wait to share with everyone the recognition of the strongest pillars of the education and rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired community!

Congratulations to the following
2020 AR-AER award recipients:

J. Max Woolly Award: Not awarded
Joyce Ogburn Award: Not awarded
Bill Tomlin Scholarship: Jordan Smith
Tom Phifer Award: Not awarded
APH Wall of Legends/AR-AER Hall of Fame: Jo Ellen Croft
Arkansas Distinguished Advocate (Business): Not awarded
Arkansas Distinguished Advocate (Individual): Not awarded

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