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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    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.

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

    2. You will receive the links to the live webinars by January 28 in your email inbox. You will also receive instructions on how to watch the replays. You will have 1 week to watch the replays.

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

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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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      2019 International Orientation And Mobility

      Online Symposium Agenda

      Now-February 1, 2019 . Facebook Social Party

      Location: Private Facebook Group

      Everybody loves a good social hour. Come hang out with us in an informal setting where we can get to know one another, talk with presenters, and enjoy a good time!


      January 30- February 1, 2019      Live Interactive Webinars

      Location: Zoom

      Cozy up with a cup of coffee from your favorite local coffee shop. Grab your friends and watch the webinars from your desk, conference room, or home. Each webinar will be on our accessible platform, Zoom, which has the capacity to hold up to 10,000 dedicated Orientation and Mobility Specialists in any room. (That should be all of us). The exact Zoom room information will be emailed to participants on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

      Pro Tip: If you cannot access Zoom on your work computer, please ask your IT department to allow access.

      Zoom can be accessed via computer, smart phone, or by dialing in via phone for audio only access.

      February 4—8, 2019.                   Replay Videos Available

      Location: Professional Development Portal

      Couldn’t make it to a live webinar? We have got you covered. You will be able to watch the live webinars in our Professional Development Portal between Feb. 4-8, 2019.  

       Note: We will be working to get the videos up as early as Feb. 2.


       2019 International Orientation And Mobility Online Symposium Presentations


      Wednesday, 1/30/2019  1-2:30 PM EST World Clock

      “The Tommy Edison Experience”


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      Tommy Edison

      Description: In this presentation, Tommy will describe how he overcame the trials of living as a person with a visual impairment. Tommy’s light-hearted personality and perspective on how he was able to accomplish things that nobody expected him to be able to accomplish will leave you with a fresh take on your students’ abilities.


      Wednesday, 1/30/2019 2:45-3:45 PM EST World Clock

      What About Rehabilitation with a Retinal Implant?




      Description: Artificial vision is the future. We will have to meet a lot of patients with this kind of implant. The instructor has to adapt his practice and think out the box.

      In this presentation, participants will learn about the innovative retinal implants are changing the lives of people with Retinitis Pigmentosa. You will learn how to teach O&M to a person with an Argus implant. We will also cover how to deal with artificial vision and answer the question, “Can we have similar practices as low vision practices?”


      Wednesday, 1/30/2019 4:00-5:00 PM EST World Clock

      Using Curriculum-Based Mobile Games to Reinforce Skills for Students with Visual Impairments




      Description: You will learn about our soon to be released mobile games for practicing skills for your visually impaired students.

      Here's what one O&M recently told us: “I spend between 45 minutes and 3 hours each week with a student teaching a new skill. I expect that student to practice the skill during that week - some at school, some at home. More often than not, I re-teach that same skill again the following week, instead of moving ahead. When I use one of the Blindfold Games to exercise that skill, such as Blindfold Battleship to teach grid concepts, or Blindfold Barnyard to teach cardinal directions, the student practices the skill without even realizing that they are learning it.

      And I can see the student’s progress in a web-based dashboard, since the games are storing it in the cloud; now I know how much the skill was really practiced and how close they are to mastering the skill. Since each game is mapped to a student’s goals and objectives in the IEP, I can even copy & paste their progress into the progress section of an IEP. That saves me time too.”

      We will discuss the first few games to be released, the cloud-based web dashboard, and other ways this will help your students.

      *This presenter is financially affiliated with this presentation.


      Wednesday, 1/30/2019 5:15-6:16 PM EST World Clock

      Making the Transition From White Cane to Guide Dog: What Orientation and Mobility Specialists Should Know




      Description: This presentation will review the process of transitioning from traveling with a white cane to a guide dog. The process will be presented from the perspective of a former white cane user who has been working a guide dog for over ten years. This presentation will mention many elements of the intricacies of transitioning from a white cane to a dog; most notably are the shift in the physical and psychological components. Being able to share in trusting the dog and not overcompensating will be just one element being discussed. Practical information and the dos and don’ts from the user’s perspective will be covered. Differences in technique from the user’s perspective will also be shared.


      Thursday, 1/31/2019 1-2:30 PM EST World Clock

      Using Echolocation for Orientation and Mobility




      Description: How do we activate neural plasticity? How do we get the most effective use of touch and sound? We will explore an adaptation model of blindness based in the science of neural plasticity, perception and action, and developmental psychology to discover how the brain can learn to see when the eyes are not working. The results are a revolutionary new era  of blindness functioning and capacity that defies traditional thinking, and is consistent with the marvels of the modern age. 


      Thursday, 1/31/2019 2:45-3:45 PM EST World Clock

      We're All in This Together: Essential Steps for Effective Collaboration in Orientation and Mobility






      Description:  Do you struggle with encouraging other professionals and families to support consistent Orientation & Mobility skill use across environments? This presentation will offer tools, tips, and strategies for effective collaboration with other team members who interact with your Orientation & Mobility students. Topics to be covered in this presentation include information about professional learning communities, challenges to collaboration, types of team models, and teaming strategies to support Orientation & Mobility instruction. You will learn about the relationship between Orientation & Mobility instruction, effective collaboration, and student skill generalization.


      Thursday, 1/31/2019 4:00-5:00 PM EST World Clock

      Raising Expectations Using Structured Discovery






      Description:  Structured Discovery is a consumer based model of teaching, focusing on the non-visual techniques that empower students to be independent, successful, contributing members of society. It focuses on empowerment, self-efficacy, and problem solving with confidence. This presentation will go through the foundations of Structured Discovery and its history including how to obtain a National Orientation and Mobility Certification (N.O.M.C.) It will also include teaching with Structured Discovery techniques, student outcomes, and misconceptions about Structured Discovery. There will be time for questions to answer any questions that people may have.


      Thursday, 1/31/2019 5:15-6:16 PM EST World Clock

      Access for All: Pedestrian Enhancements, Education and Enforcement.




      Description: The pedestrian environment is getting more and more complicated. Orientation and Mobility Specialists need to be aware of different Pedestrian Enhancements which may impact the individuals they work with, positively or negatively. O&M Specialists need to be a part of the conversation when pedestrian changes are being made in their communities. This presentation will be a quick overview of the different enhancements traffic engineers use, pros and cons as well as some solutions in improving pedestrian access for individuals with vision loss.


      Friday, 2/1/2019 1-2:30 PM EST World Clock

      A Whole New Fleet of App Tools




      Description: AI (Artificial Intelligence) Apps like Seeing AI and Envision, Orientation Apps like Soundscape, and Apps for facilitating communication with students with hearing loss are wonderful tools and are free, but how do we go about learning them for Orientation and Mobility purposes? Take some time to learn more about how easy it is to begin applying more of these tools in your lessons with learners across the age span. Apps will be shared for both iOS systems and Android systems.


      Friday, 2/1/2019 2:45-3:45 PM EST World Clock

      Twenty Great Ways to Use the Handy Camera for an Itinerant Orientation and Mobility Specialist Working with Visually Impaired Children.




      Description: The use of the video recorder is not a new concept in rehabilitation. In the past, Orientation and Mobility Specialists used video recording mostly for indoor assessments or filming mobility lessons. However, the equipment used at that time, was often bulky, heavy and most of the time required a third person to do the filming. Thanks to evolving technology, the equipment available now is much smaller, lighter and easier to use. Not to mention, the impressive number of applications that they have which are very helpful for an itinerant Orientation and Mobility Specialist working with visually impaired children integrated to regular schools on a wide territory.

      This presentation will describe in general, useful aspects among twenty applications where this tool can be used in relation to five different groups of people: students, parents, Orientation & Mobility Specialist and the community.

      The results of this approach would be a quicker progression of an individual Orientation & Mobility program for each student.

      No doubt, the handy camera is indeed one of the handiest tools for an Orientation & Mobility Specialist.


      Friday, 2/1/2019 4:00-5:00 PM EST World Clock

      “Transition and Self-Determination: How Orientation and Mobility Professionals Can Help”




      Description: In this session, Dr. Wolffe describes the multifaceted role of professionals providing orientation and mobility services and how those services support the development of healthy levels of self-determination and pave the way to successful transitioning from one environment to another in life. Resources will be shared and discussion is welcome!


      Friday, 2/1/2019 5:15-6:16 PM EST World Clock

      Touch Signals and Tactile Strategies for Teaching Orientation & Mobility to Students with Deafblindness


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      Description: With the loss of sight and sound, tactile strategies become an essential part of Orientation & Mobility training for students who are deafblind. This presentation will explore tactile techniques for teaching Orientation & Mobility to best accommodate students with deafblindness as well as incorporate Touch Signals for interacting with and building rapport with students.

      Touch Signals include specific forms of touch to convey visual, auditory, social, and environmental information that can be used to streamline Orientation  and Mobility instruction as well as enhance relationships. Various techniques will be discussed including an explanation on how Touch Signals vary from touch cues or sign language. Orientation and Mobility related vocabulary will be demonstrated, and additional resources provided. 


      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 29-31, 2020. (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 13.5 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. The welcome email will contain information on how to access all of your content including how to sign up for Zoom, our Professional Development Portal, and our Facebook Party.

      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. Please note, during the last week of Early Bird and Regular registration periods, the turn around time for w-9’s may be up to 3 days. Do not delay in getting those to us!

      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. We will promptly refund your money. No hard feelings.

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