ACVREP's Vision, Values and Purposes


That all people with vision impairment receive services from highly qualified professionals.  

ACVREP Mission

To establish a worldwide standard of service delivery to people who are blind or visually impaired through the certification of vision rehabilitation and education professionals.

ACVREP Core Organizational Values

  • All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • All people have the right to receive needed vision rehabilitation and education services in order to pursue their goals for education, employment, personal safety and independence.
  • All people have the right to receive needed vision rehabilitation and education services from competent and qualified professionals.
  • ACVREP promotes diversity and cultural competence in all activities and associations.
  • ACVREP promotes the involvement of consumers in all organizational activities and programs.
  • ACVREP advocates for the value, and importance of certification to all stakeholders, especially, consumers of services.

ACVREP Organizational Purposes

In support of its mission, vision, and values, ACVREP's purposes are:

  • To develop and maintain current evidence based, field-driven professional scopes of practice and competencies for vision rehabilitation and education professionals that serve to promote the value and quality of services provided by certified professionals.
  • To recognize individual professionals who achieve certification through rigorous educational and supervised clinical practice requirements and demonstration of professional competence by passing the appropriate standardized written certification assessment.
  • To establish and enforce ethical standards and practices.
  • To support professionals in applying for and obtaining ACVREP certification.
  • To establish and review the quality of approved continuing education programs to promote instructional benefit and optimal outcomes.
  • To provide education and information to consumers and other stakeholders about the tenets and value of certification.
  • To seek input from, and be responsive to, the needs of all stakeholders.
  • To advocate for the viability, relevance and sustainability of ACVREP certifications. 
  • To promote respect for professional practice in blind and low vision rehabilitation and education services. 

ACVREP Organizational Outcomes

In support of its mission, vision, values, and purposes, ACVREP's organizational outcomes are:

  • Individuals who provide vision rehabilitation and education services shall meet professional standards that effectively promote ethical practice and enhance service quality.
  • All professionals who provide services to people who are blind and visually impaired achieve ACVREP certification.
  • Identify and credential professionals and paraprofessionals in new areas of education and rehabilitation that enhance the lives of individuals who are visually impaired including those who may have additional disabilities.