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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.

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2018 CAOMS Statewide Conference
November 2-4, 2018
Long Beach, CA

"Teaching with Technology"

Calling all Presenters!

The California Association of Orientation and Mobility Specialists (CAOMS) seeks presenters for its annual statewide conference, November 2-4, 2018 at the beautiful Renaissance Marriot Hotel in Long Beach, California. Presentations must address at least one of the 13 ACVREP approved content areas listed in the application below. Applications must be received by May 7, 2018.

“Teaching with Technology” is this year’s conference theme. The focus will be on tips and techniques for O&M Instruction from experts such as specialists, parents, and students. We are looking to expand education and knowledge in the visual impairment field through collaboration to meet the needs of the whole child or adult education experience. Topics may be presented as an individual, panel, facilitated discussion, or student review.

Click here to download an application

Click here for highlights and presentation materials from the 2017 conference

New on the Resources Page:

"Resources for O&M's Addressing Transportation Restrictions"

Northern CAOMS

Guide Dogs for the Blind
Orientation and Mobility Seminar

June 7-8, 2018
Guide Dogs for the Blind: California Campus
350 Los Ranchitos Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903

Registration deadline May 7, 2018

 Orientation & Mobility specialists who attend Guide Dogs for the Blind’s O&M Seminar are eligible to receive 13 CE hours.  This two day course meets the high standards set by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). Our program is designed to offer participants the means to demonstrate professional knowledge and skills that promote the provision of quality service and ethical practice.

 The seminar is open to University trained O&M specialists with over 12 months experience working with adults. If you do not work with adults but are still interested in attending, your registration will be considered if there are still spaces available.

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Southern CAOMS



      Cane Quest

     Saturday, October 21, 2017

        Cal State Los Angeles

Cane Quest 2017 was another great success with the help of all of the O&M's that volunteered their time

to make it a fun and valuable experience for all the participants.


Click here for more photos from Cane Quest 2017


Click here for the Cane Quest website



Mobility: A Basic Freedom

Picture of white cane

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