EXHIBIT HALL - IMPERIAL BALLROOM
Sunday 3:00-7:00; Monday 7:00-3:30; Tuesday 7:00-11:15
We are very excited about all the exhibitors we'll see at SOMA this year!
You'll be able to hear a quick introduction of what is at their tables at our General Opening Session Sunday 1-3 o'clock.
Meanwhile, here's your chance to browse ahead of time:
** SOMA sponsor -- THANK YOU!!
At Ambutech we have always had a culture of listening to our customers.
We rely on the people who use our canes every day to tell us what works and what we could do better.
Your suggestions led to many of our products including our wide variety of tips.
For some insight into the complicated process of bringing ideas to reality,
come to Paul Olson's session "Development of the Dakota Disc Tip" Monday morning at 8:30.
Today, we continue investing in both new innovation and traditional techniques.
Through a continued passion for quality and service, we aim to make our future as positive and ground-breaking as our past
-- drop by our booth to try out our newest products!
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest company devoted to making products for people who are visually impaired and blind.
APH has developed and manufactured these products for more than 150 years,
and is the official supplier of educational materials for blind students in the U.S. working at less than college level.
On Monday at 8:30, Maria Delgado’s presentation "Low Tech, Hi Tech and Everything in Between" will take you back in time and into the future and explore the features of many of our all-time O&M favorites.
During the presentation, you will learn how some of these products were developed, and enjoy videos of customers using their favorite product.
So stop by the APH exhibit, where you are welcome to put your hands on all of the featured products.
If you have any questions, please call us at (800) 223-1839 or via e-mail at email@example.com, or visit our website www.aph.org.
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is more than an industry-leading guide dog school, we are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired.
With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision from throughout the United States and Canada.
All of our services are provided free of charge, including veterinary care, personalized training, and extensive post-graduation support.
Please come by and visit me at the Guide Dogs for the Blind table where you will learn about our FREE program and services, including information on:
Enter a raffle to win an adorable stuffed yellow lab wearing a harness!
- How to know if you or your student/client is ready for a Guide Dog
- Our eligibility criteria
- The application process
- Our support services including veterinary financial assistance
- Our Guide Dog O&M seminars
- Our 2016 Summer Camp program "GDB Style" (flyers available);
In Dog We Trust:
Independence, Thrills, and Dignity With My Seeing Eye Dogs
In this companion to her first book, Out of the Whirlpool: A Memoir of Remorse and Reconciliation,
author Sue W. Martin takes her readers on an intimate journey.
Written in conjunction with her husband, Jim Martin,
In Dog We Trust is a beautiful tribute to The Seeing Eye.
In loving memory of Kismet, the author’s fourth Seeing Eye dog.
May 7, 2003 – December 28, 2015
Talk with the author about the process of getting a book published.
Meet her husband who co-authored her new book. Martin will have at her booth:
* The original bound manuscript of her memoir
* A few first editions of her memoir
* Her new book, published specifically for SOMA, In Dog We Trust
NAC is an accrediting body born out of the Commission on Standards and Accreditation of Services for the Blind in 1966 (Commission).
To paraphrase from the 1966 Commission – "In pursuance of continuous progress, the need has been felt for some time for specific standards by which the effectiveness of activities in this field could be gauged and upgraded."
NAC’s mission embraces this original purpose and goal.
Accreditation is a rigorous, transparent, and comprehensive evaluative process in which an organization undergoes an independent external peer assessment of its systems, processes, and performance by an impartial external organization (accrediting body) to ensure that its activities are conducted in a manner that meets predetermined criteria and are consistent with evidence-informed standards.
Accreditation serves in setting quality standards and uniformity..."
It is the most commonly used external mechanism for standards-based quality improvement
... Come visit with us and learn more.
National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC)
PO Box 15368,
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Equal Eyes Vision Services
Equal Eyes Vision Services is here to say “hello” from North Carolina, please come by and meet us! We are a contract company providing quality O&M, TVI, VRT, and AT services across the Carolinas. We’re always looking for great new Team Members who want to “do what they love and love what they do” for a company with passion, energy and heart!
We’ll be selling our super-soft “Keep Calm and Tap On” t-shirts in green for $20 each (S-XXL). Get yours while you can!
Join our Mailing List and be entered to win one of our t-shirts (4 winners)- winners will be refunded their purchase price if already purchased.
We look forward to meeting you!
Kim Hudson, Director, TVI/O&M
Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. is the developer and manufacturer of the Argus II® Retinal Prosthesis System - the first and only approved long-term therapy for people living with advanced Retinitis Pigmentosa in the U.S. Argus II is designed to restore some level of vision to people who are profoundly blind and provide them with increases in orientation and mobility skills, object localization and recognition, and people localization. In doing so, it is intended to increase their independence and quality of life.
To find out how to work with this new group of clients with artificial vision, you can attend Daniel Simmons' session "O&M Instruction for Clients with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System" Monday morning at 8:30.
Please stop by our booth to learn more about the Argus II and check out our simulator to get a sense of what our Argus II users see. We look forward to seeing you there!
Safe Toddles, LLC
At Safe Toddles, we are searching for common-sense solutions to mobility with a visual impairment.
We are promoting a hands-optional mobility solution for toddlers who are visually impaired (photo to the near right).
Come visit to see the latest prototypes and videos of toddlers using the Toddler Cane.
We also make light-weight AMDs using carbon fiber rods (photo to the far right), and rolling tips for preschoolers with visual impairments.
NoIR Medical Technologies
NoIR Medical Technologies has been providing fashionable, functional and affordable low vision eyewear in over 50 colors since 1973.
The NoIR filter systems offer ultraviolet, visible and infrared protection, managing the light that reaches the eyes to maximize functional vision. By reducing disabling glare and enhancing contrast, NoIR filters often increase mobility and provide relief from the light-sensitivity and discomfort related to most vision-impairing eye conditions.
NoIR and UVShield sunglasses are available in styles with top and side-shield protection and are designed to fit over prescription glasses. NoIR Low Vision Filters have been embraced by the Professional Low Vision Community.
Guide Dog Foundation
For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or who have other special needs.
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
The Guide Dog Foundation is excited to attend the SOMA Conference this year. Please stop by and visit us and learn more about our guide dog program including information such as:
Please contact Karen Greis, Consumer Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-282-8045.
- Guide dog training program admission information
- Guide dog training program class expectations
- Is a guide dog right for your client information
- General Guide Dog Foundation program information including our quarterly newsletter
Association for Education and Rehabilitation
The mission of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments.
of the Blind and Visually Impaired
AER's interest-specific divisions enable members to focus on specific topics of expertise, and the AER Orientation & Mobility Division is the association's largest, with more than 1,000 members. The Division encourages and promotes professional standards and improvement of O&M practices and services by: Offering professional development opportunities; encouraging quality university preparation of O&M specialists; and working to improve and expand O&M services for individuals with visual impairments.
Visit the AER booth to learn more about membership and the Division's AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 19-22, 2017.
Susan Langendonk, Chair
AER Orientation & Mobility Division
CoBi 7-person bicycle
As you walk through the SOMA conference Monday and Tuesday, you'll see groups of people riding together smiling and laughing!
If you come by the CoBi-7 booth, you would be welcome to go for a ride too!
The CoBi has an effect on people that is truly amazing -- everyone who rides lights up smiling!
It lowers inhibitions and after just a few minutes even total strangers are talking with one another.
There are now more than 350 CoBies in 20 countries, including schools and organizations for children and adults who are blind or deaf-blind.
The CoBi-7 inventor, Eric Staller, will be gifting a CoBi to whichever organization presents him with the most compelling story about their organization and how they plan to use the CoBi!
The CoBi, which is priced at $11,000, will be delivered to the organization later this year.
He would like to know about your organization, the number of people served and how the bike would be used.
He is also looking for someone who is inspired by the CoBi to develop a methodology for using the bike with people who are visually impaired.
The deadline to send your story is March 31 -- proposals should be sent to email@example.com. He will respond to everyone within 2 weeks of the deadline.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as well as service dogs for children with autism. We are passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals and families for greater independence. We are a community dedicated to support and excellence and therefore we consider every step of the process carefully and diligently.
Stop by our table to pick up informational material on our programs, including application packets. We will have instructors present, including Special Needs Instructors, to answer any questions you might have about the Guiding Eyes program.
- Our highly personalized program is dedicated to finding an ideally matched dog for each individual, based on a deep understanding of their needs.
- Our Special Needs Program, run by ASL certified instructors, is dedicated to servicing those with a disability in addition to blindness.
- Our Running Guides program is dedicated to giving athletes the freedom to pursue their sport independently and safely.
- Our breeding and genetics program has assisted and collaborated with schools worldwide, dedicated to enhancing lives globally.
- We work together as a team with our students to prepare them for whatever they want to do next and achieve their goals. Guiding Eyes is a community that provides follow up and support in the field for the working life of each Guiding Eyes team.