Join us for a three day online conference, designed to help increase your students’ independence while making your job easier.


You want your students and clients to succeed. You KNOW they have the potential to be more independent. With a field that is changing faster than we can blink, it is just a matter of learning the most cutting edge mobility techniques in order to get them there.

O&M Specialists by nature are very independent. But sometimes that means we also feel alone in our practices. Even our direct bosses don’t understand what we do. You crave a community of people who “get it”, but can’t always travel across the world to meet those people in person.

You want to be come a better O&M Specialist. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do that without having to leave your home town?


With the International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium, you will become a better O&M Specialist by being immersed in three wonderful days of interactive webinars that will leave you with a notebook full of ideas and excited to help your students become their most independent selves.

We are an all inclusive online conference. Meaning, we believe Orientation and Mobility Specialists of all backgrounds (COMS, NOMC, and GDMI’s) deserve to have all of the tools in their O&M tool belt that will help their students and clients.

Just like a regular conference, you can choose the sessions you attend. We will have one session happening at a time, so you won’t miss out on any pivotal information.

This year, we are also having a participants’ only private party! Once you register, you will be cordually invited to our private facebook group, where we will have pre-conference parties and even ways for you to engage in the conference!

Take a professional day and watch the best O&M Specialists around the world give you their knowledge. All you need is access to a phone or the internet in order to learn the most cutting edge, impactful O&M Strategies that are working NOW.

Can’t cancel a student? No problem. You can watch the replay for a full week after the end of the conference.

Not a COMS? We’ve got you covered! NOMC is proudly joining hands with us to help you increase your ability to become a better O&M Specialist.


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The International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium is proud to be an ACVREP accredited event.


Regular Registration:

December 1, 2018 — January 25, 2019

Student/ Parent: $147

Professional: $197

Early Bird Pricing:

October 1—November 30, 2018.

Student/Parent: $97

Professional: $147

Early Bird Pricing is available NOW!

Credit Card and Checks accepted.


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Become part of a global, dedicated O&M community through our

private online community.

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Attend live, interactive webinar from the comfort of your own home or office. 

(Or watch the replay).

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Gain better O&M Skills that will help your students become their most

independent selves.

  1. Register for the conference. You will have the option of paying by check or credit card on the checkout page.

  2. Upon registration, you will be sent your receipt and a welcome email with more information.

  3. Join our private facebook community! We are hosting a private facebook party for everybody who registers and our presenters. We know that you want to hang out with your friends at conferences, and now you can! We will have special events happening for our symposium participants. You won’t want to miss it!

  4. You will receive the links to the live webinars by January 29 in your email inbox. You will also receive instructions on how to watch the replays. You will have 1 week to watch the replays.

  5. Sit back, relax, and get ready to skyrocket your students’ skills!!


Regular Registration:

December 1, 2018 — January 25, 2019

Student/ Parent: $147

Professional: $197

Early Bird Pricing:

October 1—November 30, 2018.

Student/Parent: $97

Professional: $147

Early Bird Pricing is available NOW!

Credit Card and Checks accepted.

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"We didn’t need to travel across the country to connect with other amazing professionals! We are thinking about adding this feature to our next AER Ontario Conference in April! Everyone needs to promote this new idea!

So exciting!"

Carole W., Certified Orientation and Mobility Symposium

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"You did such a great job with the webinar training! Thank you so much for all your hard work."

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"It was a pleasure to take part in this conference. Agencies in Canada often do not see the need for professional development whereas, I have found that it is extremely important in the States. When working in the States at the start of my career we were encouraged to attend and be actively involved. All the conferences that I have attended since returning to Canada were for executives to attend with the thought they would share (rarely happened). I usually travelled on my own time. We now have a great lady who is encouraging us to stay abreast of the topics and discussions in our field YEAH just as I retire. Is this Murphy’s Law?

Another, Thank you to you and the folks on your team that pulled this conference together. It was so smooth from session to session (and I did not get myself turned around at a conference centre) and all the material was available immediately.

With the greatest of respect for your organization."

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Nancy Dunbar Sogan COMS,CVRT

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OMG, I can’t believe how fabulous this symposium is!  First of all, the presenters I’ve heard so far have all been fabulous, but the real thing I’m raving about is the platform!!!  It’s AWESOME, thank you Kassy (Maloney) for dreaming this up, and thank you, TSBVI for making it happen!!!

I figured this would be like going to a webinar but I’ve been amazed at the sense of community I’m getting from participating. I’ve been chatting with some of the other participants between sessions, and I love seeing the names of friends and colleagues posting in the chat room during the presentations.


And there is a sense of “being there” which I don’t get from watching a webinar, because it’s been going on for two days now, and I’ve been able to attend some in person but some, like the one that’s going on now, I’ll watch later because something came up unexpectedly and I had to run out and take care of it.  But being pulled away doesn’t mean I miss the session – I have until Sunday night to watch it.


And not having to travel and be away from the family to participate in this international O&M community event has been FABULOUS!  The night before the first session, which I was co-presenting with O&Ms from India, French Canada and Austin, I told my husband how strange it felt to be going to sleep in my own bed and then in the morning just walk over to the computer to give my presentation.  I did have to dress up for it but only above the waist (don’t tell anyone -- I was wearing old jeans and my bunny slippers!).

Thank you again, Kassy and TSBVI!!!

-- Dona

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Past Symposium Speakers

  • Dona Sauerburger, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, United States

  • Nandini Menon, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Head Start Educational Academy, India

  • Josee Martin, Certified O&M Specialist and Independent Living skills Specialist for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in New Brunswick, Canada

  • Denise Guitar, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with the New Brunswick  Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, New Brunswick, Canada

  • Kassandra Maloney, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, USA

  • Martin Griffiths, Product Manager, Victor Reader Range, Humanware, London

  • Sharisse Roberts, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Maine

  • Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Hunter College CUNY & Safe Toddles, Inc., New York

  • Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., Professor, Texas Tech University, Texas

  • Dr.Shannon Darst, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University, Texas

  • Dr. Gene Bourquin, Orientation and Mobility Specialist

  • Hiromi Yoshida, Orientation and Mobility Specialist

  • Vickie Anderson, Client Services (Metro) Team Leader, O&M Specialist, Guide Dogs Queensland

  • Christopher Tabb, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Alan Brooks, Qualified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and GDMI Guide Dog Specialist, United Kingdom

  • Alex Olson, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Allied Instructional Services, Florida

  • Paul Olson, Superintendent of the North Dakota School for the Blind, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, North Dakota

  • Dr. Nicholas Brian Casias, Ed. D, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, California


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium?

The International O&M Online Symposium is an online 3 day conference for dedicated O&M Specialists. This event is much like a conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We will bring you engaging live webinars from the top thought leaders in our industry all across  the world.

Just like a conference, you will get to chose which webinar sessions you attend, depending upon your caseload needs and your interests.

When is it being held?

The International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium is set for January 30-February 1, 2019. (These dates are in Eastern Standard Time). HERE is a World Clock so you can figure out when that is for you.

Will we receive ACVREP credit for the symposium sessions we attend?

YESSS!!! You WILL be able to receive ACVREP credit!

How many ACVREP credits are available for the symposium?

We are aiming for 12- 15 ACVREP credits to be available for those who attend all of the sessions.

So, how does this work exactly?

Once you pay your registration, you will be sent your receipt and a welcome email. As we finalize all of the details (i.e. the Symposium Agenda), we will send you the information via email. I expect this to go out in mid-December so you can prepare your schedule to make time for the sessions that you will want to attend.

You will receive the links and passwords (if applicable) to each of the sessions in your email inbox no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the symposium. You will also receive your Continuing Education Credit form for each webinar session.

Then, all you have to do is sit down at your computer, enter the links and passwords to the sites, and learn from the most innovative thought leaders in our industry.

Will the webinars be live events? Will I have to attend them live?

We will have live webinars! You do NOT have to attend them live in order to get credit. Once the replay is up on our private website, you will be able to watch the replay presentations for one week (until February 8, 2019).  You will still get credit for the replay presentations if you follow the directions given on the replay web page.

Can my friend/colleague and I watch the presentations together?

Yes, you and your friend(s) can watch the presentations together. However, you will each need to register yourselves as individual participants.

Do you take checks?

Yes! We are happy to take checks. Register with the “Pay by Check” option. You both should get your invoice send directly to your inbox. You are responsible for your registration fee until your agency pays your fee. Payments by check are due 14 days after the start of the Symposium. Let us know if the technology doesn’t work. We will send it manually.

What about Purchase Orders?

Tomato, Tomato. If you need an invoice, select “Pay by Check”.

I need a w-9. How do I get one?

Send us an email to and we will send it to you.

What are your refund policies?

Your money is precious. We completely understand that. If you register for the International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium and decide you do not want to attend, you are welcome to request a refund up through the end of the Early Bird pricing (November 30, 2019), or up until 1 week after the agenda is set if it is not set prior to November 23, 2019). We will promptly refund your money. No hard feelings.

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Regular Registration:

December 1, 2018 — January 25, 2019

Student/ Parent: $147

Professional: $197

Early Bird Pricing:

October 1—November 30, 2018.

Student/Parent: $97

Professional: $147

Early Bird Pricing is available NOW!

Credit Card and Checks accepted.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
— Helen Keller


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