Do you want to go to Space Camp? Illinois Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (IAER) is back again and offering a scholarship for Space Camp 2022! The 2022 sessions for SCIVIS (Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students) will be held from September 18th to September 22nd (September 23rd departure) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. SCI-VIS gathers academically oriented, visually impaired students, from around the world. Braille, large print, low vision devices, CCTV’s, refreshable braille displays, synthetic speech, and support from certified teachers of the visually impaired are available during this week to allow the best experience for children with visual impairments.

While at SCI-VIS, students live in a simulated space station called Habitat 1. They have the opportunity to practice their leadership and teamwork abilities as they prepare for two Space Shuttle missions.

Space Camp is open to students from 4th grade (age 10) through high school. The programs offered are as follows: Camp, Academy, & all Aviation Challenge programs, Advanced Academy, and Robotics (If there is enough interest)

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The Illinois AER scholarship covers the cost to attend. Families need to cover travel costs and spending money.

For more information regarding this opportunity and to obtain the scholarship application, contact Elizabeth Budzik at 847-436-4553 or or download the application here:  Application Word Version     Application PDF Version

The scholarship due date has been extended to May 30th.

IAER Current Board

Past- President: Jennifer Duncan
President: Diane Tyrrell
Treasurer: Jasmine Wells
Secretary: Maura Guimon-Warren

Members at Large:
Awards Committee: Sara Edwards
Bylaws Committee: Katie Hansen
Scholarship Committee/Moderators Committee: Kathryn Hinsberger
Website/Social Media/Membership: Lauren Mehalek
Mini-Grants/Stipends: Molly Pasley
Space Camp/Workshop Committee: Katie White