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Reviewers Needed for Accreditation Programs for Educational Institutions and Direct Service Provider Agencies

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is seeking professionals to serve as accreditation reviewers. AER Accreditation Program reviewers are called upon to evaluate programs in terms of how they meet “a set of quality standards.” Programs can include higher education, schools, or agencies that provide direct services to people who are blind and visually impaired. Reviewers will serve with two to four colleagues to go over and evaluate materials “provided by an organization, school, or higher education personnel preparation program that is seeking accreditation.” AER provides study materials and evaluation criteria for those serving as reviewers. For additional information, visit the AER webpage that explains how to Become a Reviewer. Read more here about The Accreditation Council.

New Journal of Practice Launched for Professionals and People with Visual Impairments

AER has launched a new journal focused on practitioners serving people who are blind or have low vision. The New RE:view (TNR) “offers a forum for professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services in this specialized field.” TNR aims to provide new opportunities to share practice-focused promising teaching techniques, insights, and research findings. AER encourages authors to communicate specific information that will allow their work to be applied by other professionals, thereby helping practitioners to strengthen their services to individuals who are blind or have low vision. The current, first issue includes articles on such topics as the “Least Restrictive Adaptation Model: Anything You Need You Can Find in the Kitchen Drawer,” a ”Survey on Orientation and Mobility Contracting,” and “Understanding the Difference Between Practice Articles and Applied Research Articles,” to name a few. Read Volume 1, Issue 1 of TNR here. The first two issues will be available free of charge and are open to everyone. Subsequent issues will be free of charge to AER members, with subscriptions available for non-members. For information about membership and to subscribe, visit the AER website. Authors can submit manuscripts electronically the TRN Editorial Manager portal. To learn more about the launch, read the press release from Business Wire entitled “AER Launches The New RE:view–A Journal of Practice.”