Administrators and Leaders
In most private and public organizations serving visually impaired people today, rehabilitation practitioners rise through the ranks to assume supervisory and upper management positions. Many agency directors and CEOs are recruited from non-blindness (usually not-for-profit) organizations. Some administrators choose to become leaders in the blindness field by joining AER's Administration Division (Division 1) and by participating in other AER leadership activities. (For a list of some of the most famous leaders of the blindness field throughout the last century, see the American Printing House for the Blind's Hall of Fame for brief biographies of Leaders and Legends from the recent and distant past.)
Many leaders who have been in the rehabilitation field join the National Association of Rehabilitation Leadership (NARL). NARL supports professional training sessions on the state and regional levels and encourages development of rehabilitation administrators.
The National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) support agency directors in the state vocational rehabilitation (VR) system. The National Association of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NAPBVI) supports the efforts of private agency administrators. Similarly, the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB), is a consortium of specialized schools in the U.S. and Canada, and provides a forum for superintendents and principals "whose major goal is improving the quality of services to children who are blind and visually impaired."