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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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California Association of Orientation and Mobility Specialists (CAOMS)
Statewide 2020 Conference is CANCELLED

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2019 CAOMS Statewide Conference

November 1-3, 2019
Monterey, CA
"O&M Above & Beyond: Special Considerations for O&M"



Northern CAOMS

New Northern CAOMS Membership Google Form

N-CAOMS Webinar Presentations with AVCREP Credits 
Roundabouts: Problems and Possibilities
Wrapping your brain around Circular intersections. Why are so many being built, what are the challenges for the user who is blind or visually impaired, how do we teach them, and most importantly, what is the O&M's role in ensuring accessibility for blind or visually impaired users?
Participants will be able to:
- Differentiate the key characteristics of 5 circular intersections including rotary, traffic circle, traffic calming, mini        roundabout, single/multi-lane roundabout
Define the challenges for the blind user at circular intersections
Define current O&M instructional strategies for circular intersections
Define current crossing strategies for blind and visually impaired users at circular intersections
Describe advocacy strategies for improving blind user access
Link to ACVREP Credit On-Demand Webinar Form: https://forms.gle/MmaKMdEEtBxruHQK8

ACVREP Credits are provided at no charge for current CAOMS members, and at $15 for non-CAOMS members
Putting the Om Back in O&M 1-Day Workshop
Saturday October 3rd, 2020
10 AM - 5:30 PM PST
Register by Oct 2nd at: https://forms.gle/7NJ3bsB1UHCj7icB7
Details:  This 'Putting the Om Back in O&M' 1-Day Workshop, organized and hosted by the Northern Chapter of the California Association of Orientation and Mobility Specialists (N-CAOMS), will consist of several webinars focused on wellness and stress management for O&M practitioners and their students.  We have several presenters lined up with topics including Labyrinths, Coping with Uncertainty, and even Wine(!) and will offer 5 webinars with up to 5.5 ACVREP CEUs to attendees.  Please see see the schedule below for a summary of details:
Webinar #1                             
Labyrinths: A Tool for Mobility and Transformation
10 AM - 11 AM                                  
Webinar #2                             
Improvise, Adapt & Overcome: Coping with Uncertainty
11:15 - 12:15 PM       
Link for Webinar Details:       
Webinar #3                             
Prevent Burnout and Find Your Work-Life Balance
1:10 PM - 2:15 PM                
Link for Webinar Details:       
Webinar #4                             
Being Mindful of the Fun Stuff
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    
Link for Webinar Details:       
Webinar #5                             
Sightless Sipping: Sensing Wine Without Eyesight
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM                

Find additional details for this workshop, as well as information on additional N-CAOMS events and on-demand webinars at: https://sites.google.com/view/ncaomsmembership/upcoming-events-webinars
Schedule conflict? We strongly encourage you to attend the workshop webinars that you can LIVE so that you can participate, ask questions, and share your experiences.  However, we realize that life can get in the way so we will do our best to record all of the workshop webinars and share those with you (depending on averting technical glitches and human error) a few days afterwards.

CEUs: Up to 5.5 ACVREP CEUs will be provided.  Number of CEUs provided will be contingent upon verified attendance for each session.

Cost: This workshop will be available for FREE for current CAOMS Members, and at $50 for non-CAOMS Members.  CAOMS Membership is only $30 annually for regular membership or $15 annually for students - so become a CAOMS member for a discount!

N-CAOMS membership is only $30 annually and is open to professionals across the nation.  To learn more about N-CAOMS Membership:
- View the N-CAOMS Membership Google Form for details at: https://forms.gle/yGo5cw85ihYv4n228
- Email the N-CAOMS Membership Chair at ncaomsmembership@gmail.com


AB-947:  Moving Forward with California's New ECC Law

Monday Nov. 9th from 3 PM to 5:30 PM PST

Description:  This webinar will address the origin, purpose, provisions and legal implications of the new California Law, "Visually Impaired Pupils - Expanded Core Curriculum" (ECC). Jaye Shupin, O&M Specialist, will provide a brief introduction. Christian Knox, a well-respected private disability rights attorney specializing in educational services to visually impaired children, will address the impact that the law is expected to have on services provided to visually impaired students in California's school system and will provide recommendations for implementation and advocacy. Jeff Thom, Disability Rights Advocate, will summarize the plans for future legislative advocacy efforts to address the ECC in California.  The target audience is TVIs, O&Ms, youth with visual impairments, parents of visually impaired children, special education administrators, and advocates for children with visual impairment. 
Participants will:
- Participants will learn the purpose and basic provisions of California's ECC law
- Participants will understand the current and anticipated impact of the law on TVI and O&M services
- Participants will learn about their options for advocating for implementation of the law at the local and state level
Cris "Jaye" Shupin holds a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from San Francisco State University, a Clinical Rehabilitation Services Credential in Orientation & Mobility from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  She is an ACVREP-certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS).  Jaye completed her O&M training at San Francisco State University in December of 1999, and since then she has worked as an O&M with both children and adults.  Prior to becoming an O&M, Jaye was a social worker in the developmental disabilities service sector.

Christian Knox, JD, is an attorney in private practice.  Ms. Knox received her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law.  She completed extensive undergraduate work in music therapy at Long Beach State University and holds a Baccalaureate degree in law.  Ms. Knox has wide-ranging experience in working with children with special needs.  Christian’s prior experience includes serving as a Special Education Hearing Officer; as a staff attorney with Sacramento Child Advocates, working on behalf of abused and neglected children; and as a Teen Court Judge with the Fourth Judicial District Court in Elko, Nevada.  In 2001, Ms. Knox received the Woman Role Model of the Year Award from the Attorney General for the State of Nevada for her work with children in the foster care system. 

Jeff Thom has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities for more than four decades. After graduating with a B.A. in political science from Willamette University, he received a law degree from Stanford University and passed the bar in 1978.  He worked for a year for what is now the Disability Rights Legal Center before joining the nonpartisan California Office of Legislative Counsel. During his final decade with the Legislative Counsel, he worked as a Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel supervising the drafting of bills and legal opinions in the health and human services areas.  He is immediate past president of the California Council of the Blind and has been active with the Council since 1976. He sits on boards for the American Council of the Blind and Sacramento Society of the Blind.  Currently, Jeff is the current vice chair of the Sacramento Regional Transit Mobility Council and serves on the National Disability Advisory Council for Centene, a national health care plan corporation.
Cost: No Charge to Attend

CEUs: Optional 2.5 ACVREP CEUs will be available at no cost to current CAOMS Members and for $37 for non-CAOMS Members. Participants interested in CEUs for this webinar should complete the CAOMS ACVREP CEU Registration Form via this LINK: https://forms.gle/MFaCATv2XimhGyuQA 

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Robert A. Eisenberg Scholarship

The California Association of Orientation and Mobility Specialists - Southern Chapter, would like to give a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Marissa Sylvester and Kimberly J. Garcia on receiving the Robert A. Eisenberg Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Both O&M graduate students at California State University Los Angeles, they received high praise for their responses regarding the program, their future plans and the strengths they contribute to the field. We applaud and recognize you AND wish you much success throughout your college career and in the O&M field.



      Cane Quest

     Saturday, October 19, 2019

        Cal State Los Angeles

Cane Quest 2019 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.


Cane Quest website



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