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Welcome to the Colorado Chapter of AER!

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Recent Events

2014 CAER Awards Banquet

When: Friday, April 25th @ 6pm

Where: Colorado Center for the Blind

Cost: $25

Registration Form/Flyer


CAER Awards Banquet Baby Picture Fundraiser

Bring us your favorite baby picture of yourself & we will post the pictures. Your job will be to match the photo to the O&Mers name.

Pay $5 to enter your picture and chance to guess who your fellow O&Mers were before they hit the streets!

Details HERE



2013 International O&M Conference


With over 700+ attendees from all over the world the AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference in New Orleans Louisiana on December 11-14 was a huge success!

Meeting new and seeing old friends added to the camaraderie, interest and professionalism to entire event! Colorado was well represented with presenters, students and COMS from around our state. We would recommend this O&M conference for future attendees seasoned or just starting out.

Please see our attached session handouts. We hope that you will find them useful and informative.

Thank you to CAER for the mini-grant to assist us in making this adventure possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

Barb Galgano 303-349-7661

Trina Boyd-Pratt 720-8837154


CAER Partners with USABA for National Fitness Challenge

Lead by Metro Denver teachers David Gooldy and Mike Plansker, 15 athletes have committed to improve their health and fitness lifestyle through USABA's 3rd Annual National Fitness Challenge. Equipped with Nike's new Fuelband SE, athletes compete against themselves and their group members to strive to include physical activity into their daily routine.

Check back on a regular basis to read a blog of 1 particular athlete, as well as photos and summaries of events taking place to improve fitness.



CAER Awards Criteria:

President’s Award: This award recognizes outstanding leadership in service to people with visual disabilities. The current board president will select and present this award.

Gary Schmidt Award: This award honors an AER member who works directly with student/clients. Nomination criteria include: ethical standards, sense of humor, degree of excellence in job performance, and professionalism. The CAER Board and Janice Schmidt review the nominations.

Connections Award: This award recognizes cooperative efforts that cross organizational lines, perhaps even groups working collaboratively to benefit our field. The CAER Board considers the nominations.

Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is presented to professionals who have given of themselves to clients/students throughout their career and are preparing for retirement.


2013-2014 Board Members and their committee assignments  

President: Heather Solberg

President-Elect:  David Gooldy

Past-President:  Mike Plansker

Treasurer:  Trina Boyd-Pratt

Secretary:  Nancy Cozart

Representatives/Committee Chairs: 

Membership:  Barb Galgano

Recruitment: Barb Galgano

Board Members:  Bill Muir

                             Sally Burch

                             Brent Batron




Please contact CAER Board Members by email if you have any questions or suggestions for the board. The board can be emailed at caerboard@gmail.com


Benefits of Membership

  • Professional Development & Support (Colorado members received reduced rates to CAER sponsored events!)

  • Financial support:  See Mini-grants and ACVREP reimbursements.

  • Advocacy at local and national levels


Mini-Grants for Professionals, Students, Parents, and Families

The funds are available to defray the costs of:

1.  Conference Attendance

2.  Student Activities

3.  Programming Needs

4. Professional development projects

5.  Assistive Devices

Mini-grant Rules:

  • Applicant must be a current AER member or be sponsored by an AER member.
  • The maximum amount of funds available will vary; the allotted amount per grant will not exceed $300. 
  • Recipients are only eligible to receive a mini-grant once every two years. 
  • Recipients need to fulfill their obligation to provide CAER with their product of how the mini-grant money was used within 90 days of check issue.    
  • Mini-grants are awarded twice a year in November and April.

To apply: Click here to navigate to the Downloads page to read the criteria, fill out the application, and submit it to CAER.

Send completed application as an attachment to the CAER email address:  caerboard@gmail.com (If you don't hear back from us within 1 month-please email your application again.



ACVREP Reimbursement

Reimbursement for initial ($100) and renewal ($50) certification through ACVREP may be available to Colorado members.  After receiving your initial and/or renewal, please submit a copy of the certification and letter requesting reimbursement to CAER at caerboard@gmail.com.  You must provide proof of AER membership.



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Upcoming Meetings

Board Meeting Schedule

All meetings 5:30-7 pm            

  • April 25th- Banquet @ Colorado O&M Conference, Colorado Center for the Blind
  • May 6th- BBQ @ Heather's House



CAER Awards

Award Nominations Now Closed!




In Kind Donation Committee
CAER is happy to sponsor the In Kind Donation Committee.  This Committee receives low vision devices from donations and redistributes them to those in need.  Please contact Bill Muir at douglas.muir@va.gov (970-302-7761) to find out what items the committee currently has and/or to apply to receive a device.


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