INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS AT SOMA’s
"Live" Online O&M Conference December 14-15, 2020!
Guide Dog Foundation
The GuideDog Foundation for the Blind, located on Long Island in Smithtown, New York, was founded in 1964 with a mission to train and place guide dogs free of charge to people who are blind or have low vision.
A guide dog from the Guide Dog Foundation provides increased independence and enhanced mobility.
In 2009, the Guide Dog Foundation became the first assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
Through our sister organization, America’s VetDogs, we train and place guide dogs with blind veterans and service dogs for veterans and first responders with disabilities other than blindness.
For more information email Consumer Services or call 631-930-9055.
www.GuideDog.org or www.VetDogs.org
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dog training---everyone knows that.
But did you know Leader dog also provides the following FREE programs?
Stop by the Leader Dog booth to learn how we can work together to help make all clients unstoppable!
- Guide Dogs for people who are both Deaf and Blind
- Orientation and Mobility Training
- Summer Experience Camp for teens (currently taking applications for 2021)
- Continuing Education Opportunities for COMS
- New Virtual Programs and Learning Options
American Printing House for the Blind
Since 1858, The American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. We are passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals for greater independence. We are a community dedicated to support and excellence and would love the opportunity to connect with you to discuss if you or your student/client is ready for a guide dog.
Stop by our booth to say hello and meet a member of the Guiding Eyes Admissions and Training Team.
You can also learn more about us through our website at www.guidingeyes.org.
- Our highly personalized guide dog program is dedicated to finding a well matched dog for each individual based on a deep understanding of the individual's needs
- Guiding Eyes is a community that provides exceptional support and follow up care in the field for the working life of each Guiding Eyes team
- We provide an annual stipend to our teams for veterinary care.
- Our Specialized Training program is dedicated to servicing individuals with challenges in addition to vision loss. We have a long history of working with the DeafBlind community.
- Our Running Guides program is dedicated to giving athletes the freedom to pursue their sport independently and safely
Indigo Logix is a premier provider of Low Vision and Blindness products for Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Our mission is to foster and enhance the use of assistive technology to ensure that people with disabilities achieve in their educational programs, work and personal lives. We support Orientation & Mobility instructors particularly through our work with the Humanware Victor Reader Trek, the View Plus braille embossers, which also produce high resolution tactile graphics and the Tactile View graphics editing software. Jack Mitchell, COMS, has been the NC representative for Indigo Logix for 15 years and will be available during breaks in the conference or by appointment throughout the conference.
Our partners include
AER Orientation and Mobility Division
We're excited to be here at SOMA, and hope you'll come by our booth to learn about our efforts to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, and how you can become involved. Our AER divisions are professional learning communities for members to learn, explore and grow professionally!
We (the AER Orientation & Mobility Division) encourage and promote professional standards and improvement of O&M practices and services by offering professional development opportunities and encouraging quality university preparation of O&M Specialists. We offer professional development, and information on an array of topics such as: environmental access, rural wayfinding, scope of practice, and tools to support the field. AER's O&M Division is where O&M Specialists convene to learn, grow, and expand their practice.
Visit the AER O&M Division booth to learn more about membership and its benefits, and how you can become involved.
JoAnne Chalom, Chair, AER Orientation & Mobility Division
Orientation and Mobility Specialist Association (OMSA)
OMSA mission is to promote, shape, and advance the profession of Orientation and Mobility.
OMSA is membership organization dedicated to advancing the profession of orientation and mobility (O&M); and actively collaborating with persons who are visually impaired, organizations who represent or provide services to those who are visually impaired, and other stakeholders.
OMSA major activities include: facilitate continuing education; advancing the qualifications of individuals who provide O&M services; encouraging professional certification; supporting the development of professional standards for the provision of O&M services at state and federal levels; supporting best practice in the provision of O&M services; collaborating with higher education O&M programs; providing and disseminating recommended guidelines and information regarding professional and personal liability insurance; serving as a clearinghouse for materials and information related to best practices; and encouraging presentations and publications of professional O&M studies and best practice activities.