Northern California Association for Education and Rehabilitation (NorCal AER)
Of the Blind and Visually Impaired


“Advocacy in Access to Technology, Information and Education:  Establishing Effective Communication and Relationships”



Lainey Feingold (, co-recipient of the “California Lawyer of the Year for Disability Rights” Award—Lainey will speak about recent legal developments in technology and information access issues to public and private services and facilities

Carlo Rossi, Special Education Advocate and    Adjunct Faculty Member at San Francisco State University—Carlo will discuss Effective Communication Amongst Families, Clients and Schools: “It’s All About Relationships”

A Half-Day Conference and Reception

Date:         Thursday, June 5, 2014

Time:                  12:30 PM – 5:30PM

Location:  Orientation Center for the Blind
400 Adams Street
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 559 1208



Cost:  NCAER is pleased to offer this seminar at NO COST to chapter members in “good standing.” There will be a $20 charge to non-members seeking either ACVREP or CRC Continuing Education Units.  Attendees not seeking CE units can attend at no cost.

This event will feature chapter elections and the NorCal AER Bi-Annual Awards Event.  A light lunch will be served at no cost.

 Please pre-register using form at the end of this announcement.

We have applied for Continuing Education Units, through ACVREP and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC).


Schedule of Events:

12:30 - 1:00        Registration, Sign-In, Light Lunch

1:00 - 1:20       Welcome, Geoff Perel, NorCal AER outgoing President and Richard Rueda, incoming NorCal AER Chapter President, Chapter Elections

1:20 - 1:30        Welcome to OCB, Rosa Gomez, MSW, Administrator

1:30 - 2:45        Lainey Feingold: “Increasing Access to Information and Technology for People with Visual Impairments: Legal Update and Advocacy Strategies”

2:45 - 3:00        Stretch and Schmooze Break

3:00 - 4:15        Carlo Rossi: “Effective Communication Amongst Families, Clients and Schools: ‘It’s All About Relationships’”

4:15 - 4:30        Q&A

4:30 - 5:30        Chapter Award Presentations