AAVL is a special interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB). It is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-profit corporation. Its founders recognized that older persons dealing with sight loss, whether this is a new condition or one they have faced for a long time, have special concerns and desired to establish an organization that would focus on the challenges faced by this group.
Membership in AAVL is open to all with no or limited vision or who have an interest in vision loss. The annual membership fee is $15. Download AAVL Membership Form here. Members meet during ACB’s annual convention in July.
AAVL is governed by elected officers and a Board. Current officers are as follows:
President: Jeff Thom
Vice President: Mary Ellen Frost
Secretary: Ninetta Garner
Treasurer: Kathy Gerhardt
All officers serve on the Board. The other current Board members are Carolyn Burley, Peggy Garrett, Jean Mann, Doug Powell and John Huffman, AAVL’s President Emeritus.
AAVL is proud to announce the formation of the California Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss. This newly formed organization has requested to become a chapter member of AAVL and this should occur shortly. AAVL welcomes any other state or other groups that have similar missions and objectives and that would like to become chapters.
AAVL is a member of the National Coalition on Aging and Vision Loss which is facilitated by the VisionServ Alliance. The Coalition will focus on issues relating to personnel, awareness and funding.