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Welcome to CAOMS 


CAOMS is a non-profit statewide organization whose mission is to facilitate professional growth and to support the role of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists in the habilitation and education of individuals who have visual impairments.

Founded in 1966, CAOMS hosts an annual statewide conference.  Membership consists primarily of credentialed O&M Specialists.  Student and associate memberships also make up the ranks of it's membership.  Anyone who believes in the goals and mission of CAOMS is welcome to join.

Click here for a CAOMS membership form

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CAOMS Statewide News

2016 CAOMS Statewide Conference

November 4-6, 2016
San Diego, CA

"Beyond the Scope"

Celebrating CAOMS Fiftieth Anniversary!

Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel

Click Here for Highlights and Presentation Materials from the 2015 conference

Announcement about Mike May's son, Carson May

Mike has been an important member of our community for many years.  His contributions to our field, his impressive and legendary exploits, and his tremendous personal warmth are known and beloved throughout the world.  All of us who know Mike May have been thinking of him with heavy hearts in the aftermath of his son Carson ’s passing after going missing.

The family has set up a webpage with a GoFundMe link to raise money to help raise money to develop search and rescue technologies. 

This is a beautiful way for the May family to honor Carson while giving back to the community.  Mike and Gena will be riding in the Cycle for Sight fundraiser for the Lighthouse for the Blind.  Please visit the website and consider riding with them:

Survey from Sandy Rosen:

If you have an Orientation and Mobility (O&M) degree or are a student enrolled in an
O&M degree program - we want to hear from you!

Click here for more information

New Publications


"The AER Guide on Professional Licensure for VRT and O&M

service providers in the United States"

Prepared and respectfully submitted by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation

 of the Blind and Visually Impaired Legislative Task force 2013-2015.

Click here to download




"Step-by-Step: A Guide to Mobility

Dr. Sandra Rosen

Click here for more information

"Basic Spanish for Orientation and Mobility"
Brenda Naimy

Click here for more information


Northern CAOMS

Please join SFSU, Aria Technologies, and CAOMS for An O&M Seminar
Saturday June 4th, 2016 at 11 AM

‘IO Technology Platform Complements O&M Goals of Teaching and Students’
with Guest Speaker Dr. Suman Kanuganti, Co-Founder andPresident of Aria Technologies

This seminar will include an overview of Aria Technologies exciting new technology ‘aria . io’.  'aria . io' consists of wearable glasses which provide a personalized interactive service for mobility and daily living which can include information about mobility such as presence of obstacles, route instruction, intersection analysis, public transportation options, and accessing visual information such as signs and menus via a certified aria agent.  

The training will overview the 'aria . io' device and services as well as provide O&M and other vision rehabilitation professionals an opportunity for hands-on training and a question and answer session.   

 Click here for a video of the device

Intro and Discussion: 45 min-1 hr
Demonstration (movies/clips): 1 hr
Role Play Exercises: 1 hr 15 min
Reconvene and Feedback Session: 45 min

 Please RSVP by Monday May 30th to Attend this Event at:

 Attendance is free of charge.

 CAOMS has been approved by ACVREP to provide 4 CEUs for participants.  CEUs will be provided at no charge to current CAOMS members and for $40 for non-members.

Self-Defense for the Blind
Hands on Workshops

June 10th, 2016
10:00AM – 5:00PM

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
1300 S El Camino Real #100
San Mateo, CA 94402

June 11th, 2016
10:00AM – 5:00PM
Orientation Center for the Blind
400 Adams Street
Albany, CA  94706

 To register or 319-759-8980
Pre-Register by June 3rd - $35.00
($45 at the door)

1Touch is a nonprofit organization that provides an adapted self-defense program for people who are blind. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome no matter their physical abilities or age. Half of all 1Touch Coaches are blind and working to making their communities safer! TVI’s & O&M’s can receive 5.5 ACVREP CE hours for this workshop.

Southern CAOMS


      Cane Quest

     Saturday, October 15, 2016



Please join us and enter your O&M students in Cane Quest 2016 to make

this another fun and rewarding event!  CEU's will be available.


Click here to go to the Cane Quest website


Click here for highlights from Cane Quest, April 18, 2015



Mobility: A Basic Freedom

Picture of white cane

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