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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 to download the 2016 conference registration form


Exhibitors and vendors click here for application form (Due October 1st)


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 ís 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:

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

Mark your calendar for the Autumn 2016 N-CAOMS meeting on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at Burk Hall, Room 230, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. in glorious San Francisco.

Join the gang at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and goodies, and meet the current lot of San Francisco State University O&M graduate students. 

The business meeting will commence at 10:00 a.m. and will incorporate welcoming the new SFSU O&M Graduate Students.

There is a PENDING* presentation at 12 Noon by Alan Siegel, SFSU Alumnus and O&M working in Israel

Mobility and Accessibility in Israel Today: Services and Special Problems

Presenter: Alan Siegel

A review of the Orientation and Mobility services and training available in Israel, as well as accessibility services.  Also will discuss the unique experiences of working as an O&M in a war area as well as working with Veterans with vision loss due to war injuries.

The 45 min presentation will be followed by a 15 minute question and answer period.


*This presentation will be submitted to ACVREP for 1.0 continuing education units.  Approval is PENDING.

Please RSVP by Friday September 9 th at to ensure adequate space and supplies.

Contact N-CAOMS president Summer Beasley-Hoffman at  to include items on the agenda.

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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