Taking initial coursework to become a vision professional is not enough to become or remain an effective vision professional. Part of professional practice is to remain a lifelong learner and stay current with developments in the field of visual impairments and also stay on top of current trends. This includes engaging in ongoing professional development to expand and develop your professional knowledge and skills.
By: Carmen Willings
revised September 1, 2018
Benefits of VI Professional Development
Professional Development Activities
If you don't work at a school for the blind or in a larger city with a large VI program, it can be difficult to find professional development opportunities specific to teaching students with visual impairments. The following is a list of activities to help you continue to develop your professional skills and knowledge:
Becoming a member of the Association of Education of Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) will provide you with opportunities to network with fellow vision professionals and strengthen our field. However, even if you are not a member of AER, you can still attend meetings and conferences. Visit AER for a list of chapters and websites to view online resources and sometimes even handouts and PowerPoints from conferences.
Want to join me at an upcoming conference? I am currently serving on the Georgia AER board. Visit our GaAER website for upcoming conference information. Additionally, you can visit my Presentation page for a list of upcoming conferences I will be attending as well as view previous PowerPoint presentations.
I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way." ~Franklin P. Jones
Sign up for free membership to access the FREE downloadable templates, handbooks and handouts on the Printables page. Simply click on the Log In | Register link in the navigation bar. If you haven't joined yet, you will be prompted to create a password.
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