The California Assoication of Orientation and Mobility Specialists (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 O&M Specialists, however, Teachers of Students with Vision Impairments, Low Vision Therapists, Vision Rehabilitation Therapists, Assistive Technology Specialists, Guide Dog Mobility Instructors, Students and other professionals in the field are also members. Made up of a Northern CA Chapter and a Southern CA Chapter, membership is open nationwide and anyone who believes in the goals and mission of CAOMS is welcome to join.
Visit the CAOMS Website at www.caoms.org for additional information.
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Interested in joining CAOMS? Regular CAOMS membership is $30 annually and is open to professionals across the nation. Simply fill out the membership form and submit membership dues.
CAOMS member benefits include access to free ACVREP CEUs for CAOMS live and on-demand webinars, discounts on CAOMS in-person conferences, inclusion in the weekly CAOMS Communication member email, exclusive events for members, networking opportunities, etc. Visit www.caoms.org to for additional details about CAOMS.
All memberships are valid for one calendar year beginning January 1, with the exception of the N-CAOMS two-year membership, which is valid for two years beginning January 1, and the S-CAOMS five-year membership, which is valid for five years begining January 1.
Our membership includes three categories: Regular, Student, and Associate.
Regular Members are individuals who show evidence of successful completion of an Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) approved college or university orientation and mobility specialist training program and who have paid the annual dues.
Student Members are individuals who are enrolled in an AER-approved college or university training orientation and mobility specialist training program, and who have paid annual dues. Students members are afforded the rights and privileges of regular members with the exception of voting rights, board election, and officer elections.
Associate Members are individuals who are engaged in the education or rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairments, or who are involved in the administration of programs serving individuals with visual impairments, parents, consumers, and other interested individuals who have paid their annual dues. Associate members are afforded the rights and privileges of regular members with exception voting rights, board election, and officer elections.
Annual Dues are as follows below:
Interested in joining CAOMS? Simply fill out the membership form and submit membership dues.
1) To facilitate professional growth of the members through periodic meetings and conferences; dissemination of pertinent technical and professional information; and informal and formal exchange of knowledge, services and ideas pertaining to the orientation and mobility profession.
2) To promote and encourage the employment of orientation and mobility specialists where the need for such is indicated.
3) To provide statements of position concerning quality standards, professional ethics, liability, and service criteria updated as necessary to account for changes in the profession, legislation, population trends, and technology which may be used by administrators, legislators, other government agencies, and consumers as a means for understanding the role of orientation and mobility in rehabilitation and education.
4) To maintain awareness of, disseminate pertinent information concerning, and propose, support, or oppose legislation on a local, state, and federal level affecting the profession of orientation and mobility, and service delivery in general to individuals with visual impairments.
5) To promote cooperation among disciplines of professionals and consumers concerned with the rehabilitation and education of individuals with visual impairments.
6) To increase public awareness of the function and role of the orientation and mobility specialist in the education and rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairments.
7) To increase the public awareness of the nature, causes, and effects of blindness and of programs serving individuals with visual impairments.