Win $250 Cash…...from now until the first day of the 2020 Conference the Alabama Chapter is offering a Recruitment Incentive……to the AER member who recruits the most NEW Members….Please validate your recruits with Membership Chair….Jack Harrison!!!!

2020 Conference the Alabama Chapter Recruitment Incentive
 

2019 BILLY DON SIMS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO LISA BALLINGER GEIST

AER Scholarship Recipient Lisa B. Geist received the 2019 BDS Scholarship during the Alabama AER Chapter’s 36th Annual Conference. This year's scholarship was in the amount of $3,000 coupled with a one-year student membership in AER. Lisa was the seventeenth recipient of the AER Billy Don Sims Scholarship. Lisa is from Fayette, Alabama, and teaches in the Winfield City School System. There is a shortage of TVI’s in the Winfield area and in all Northwest Alabama. Lisa is enrolled at the University of Alabama Huntsville in the Master’s Degree Program to become a TVI. She expects to graduate in December 2020. She is excited to fill a need for students in Northwest Alabama and become an advocate for them for many years in the future. The Alabama AER Chapter membership congratulates Lisa B. Geist and wishes her continued professional success!

 

DOUG NIXON HONORED WITH THE CHARLES B. GRIDER AWARD

2020 Conference the Alabama Chapter Recruitment Incentive

Dr. Derrick Smith, Awards Chair, presents Amber Madsen, HR Director with Wendy’s the Employer of the Blind Award for 2019.

Amber Madsen receives Employer of the Blind Award for 2019

Steve Sullivan & Sharde Cleveland Present 2019 Employer of the blind Award to Amber Madison

AER Board Honors Lenore Dillon

AER Board Honors Lenore Dillon

At the recent AER Board of Directors meeting held at Easterseals Central Alabama in Montgomery the Alabama Chapter Board honored Lenore Dillion for her service and contributions as board member and Past President of the Alabama Chapter. Additionally, the Board presented Lenore with a cake and $100 gift card in celebration of her retirement from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Congratulations Lenore!








 

BDS Scholarship Winners Updates!

BILLY DON SIMS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO MEREDITH GRACE KERR

2019 AER Scholarship Recipient Meredith Grace KerrMeredith Grace Kerr was awarded the 2018 BDS Scholarship during the Alabama AER Chapter Annual Conference. This year's scholarship was in the amount of $3,000 along with a one-year student membership in AER.

Meredith Grace was the sixteenth AER Billy Don Sims Scholarship Recipient. Meredith Grace is working toward her Master of Science in Visual Disabilities at Florida State University where she has a grade point average of 3.95. Upon graduation Meredith Grace will be both a TVI and an O&M. She previously graduated Magna Cum Laude from Birmingham Southern College with an undergraduate degree in Collaborative Education.

It was while studying at Birmingham Southern that Meredith Grace discovered her passion for teaching. She expresses that her passion for teaching and her childhood experience with amblyopia are her inspiration for pursuing the Master of Science at FSU. She believes that her experience with amblyopia will be very beneficial in her working with children who have vision loss.

Meredith Grace plans to complete her Master’s degree at FSU in December 2019. Meredith Grace is a native of Andalusia and after graduation she plans to pursue teaching in Alabama and to start a nonprofit, Site4Sight, benefitting children with vision loss which will support accommodations and resources for those children and their families. Alabama AER congratulates Meredith Grace and wishes her continued professional success!

AER 2019 Sholarship Photo
 

Julie Brock BDS Scholarship Committee Chair presents Scholarship Certificate and $3,000 check to Meredith Grace’s mother Gina Kerr and grandmother Kay Bridges. Kay retired from ADRS in 1990 were she worked as a rehabilitation counselor in blind services. Meredith Grace was unable to attend due to a required meeting at Florida State University.



 

Hailey McManus 2012 Recipient and Nicholas Derzis 2007 Recipient

Hailey McManus, recipient of the 2012 AER BDS Scholarship, graduated from the University of Montevallo in December 2016. She earned her teaching certificate/degree in Deaf Education. She moved to Tallahassee Florida in January 2017 and worked while waiting for the Master's VI/O&M program to start a new class of graduate students in August 2017.

She is currently working part time in the Visual Disabilities Department at Florida State while she earns her Master’s degree. She is on track to graduate in December 2019. She is a 4.0 student in the Master's Program and loves what she is doing!

Click Here – Nicholas Derzis reprint from Keystone Magazine, College of Education, Auburn University.

BILLY DON SIMS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO VERONICA HARRINGTON

Veronica Harrington was awarded the 2017 BDS Scholarship during the AER Alabama Chapter Annual Conference. This year's scholarship was in the amount of $2,500 along with a one-year student membership in AER.

Veronica’s interest in blindness was influenced by spending lots of time with her cousin James Kelly who was born blind. James attended the Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega where he learned many skills to live independently. Veronica stated that she “was forever grateful to every instructor, student and peer that helped James live a successful life”.

Veronica’s career goal is to obtain a Master’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy and a Certificate in Low Vision Therapy from Salus University. Through her professional training she desires to help her blind and visually impaired clients learn the skills and strategies necessary to enable each individual reach their maximum independence and personal goals. She stated ”I want to do everything I can to be a successful VRT and LVT in the State of Alabama.”

Congratulations! – Veronica Harrington!

Veronica Harrington Veronica Harrington

BDS 2016 Scholarship Recipient - Jessica E. Williams - Click here

"AER International Honors – Joe Helm, AER Treasurer, as the first recipient of the “Richard L. Welsh, Chapter Leadership Award" at the AER International Conference, Jacksonville, FL, on July 22, 2016.

Welsh Award - Click here

"AER International Honors – Dr. John Mascia, AIDB President, with the “John H. McAulay Award" at the AER International Conference, Jacksonville, FL, on July 22, 2016.

McAulay Award - Click here

"National Easter Seals Honors - Joe Helm, AER Treasurer"

Joe Helm - Click Here

"A Story worth Telling...A Heartfelt Thank You to Charlie Carroll and Alabama BEP Vendors"

"Charlie" Carroll - Click Here

Memorial - Greg Rowe  Memorial - Charles "Charlie" LeRoy Carroll

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